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A day in the life of a health sciences student

Operating Department Practice Student - Rianne Talbott

"If I could give myself some advice when preparing to start my course, it would be to do a lot more reading outside of lectures on areas I didn’t understand fully. I would definitely suggest that you utilise the lecturers – ask them anything, even if your questions might seem silly.

You’re going to have so much fun and learn so much. See you on campus soon!"

Day in the life - health sciences - 7.45am
07:45am

I leave the house to catch the 7.55am bus into Birmingham and then I walk the rest of the way to get to Uni. It’s easy to get the bus from the city centre to campus, and it’s a great way to help me to stay fit.

Day in the life - health sciences - 9am
09:00am

First lecture of the day! We are practising our skills in the mock theatre to get us ready for placement. 

Day in the life - health sciences - 12pm
12:00pm

Lunch time!

Day in the life - health sciences - 1pm
01:00pm

Second lecture of the day; assignment two was launched!

Day in the life - health sciences - 3pm
03:00pm

Off to the library for some books to help with assignment two, and to get some work done before heading home.

Day in the life - health sciences - 7pm
07:00pm

Meet up with friends from my course. There are loads of cool places to eat near the Uni, and I love trying all the new restaurants and bars that have opened recently!

Biomedical Sciences Student - Tahita Murray

"I know the next couple of months can be a bit scary and somewhat overwhelming, especially if you’re waiting on exam results and preparing for university but, trust me, this is an amazing place to be!

Remember that even though studying is a full-time ‘career’, you deserve to have a break. Have fun and make the most of the experience. I can’t wait to see you on campus!"

Day in the life - life sciences - 8am
08:00am

I leave the house and walk to the train station. The walk is about 15 minutes and my train ride is only five minutes, then just a 10-minute walk to Uni.

Day in the life - life sciences - 9am
09:00am

First laboratory practical of the day. We go to the lecture theatre first to learn everything we need to before we go into the laboratory. We are conducting several tests on unknown microorganisms.

Day in the life - life sciences - 1pm
01:00pm

Lunch break. I go to the canteen to hang out with my friends and have a bite to eat.

Day in the life - life sciences - 2pm
02:00pm

Head into a workshop for genetics and genetic disorders.

Day in the life - life sciences - 4pm
04:00pm

Visit SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) area. Here I can interact and practise a wide range of skills that I have learned so far in my own time.

Day in the life - life sciences - 7pm
07:00pm

Today I met with some friends and explored Birmingham. We had a nice restaurant meal. 7:00pm Head into a workshop for genetics and genetic disorders.

PE and School Sport Student - Lyle Farnell

"I was you once, nervous about the idea of university life, but don’t worry – you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t capable of being successful.

If I could go back and give myself one piece of advice, it would be to not be so hard on myself. It’s OK to not understand things immediately. Now over to you, you’re going to do brilliantly!"

Day in the life - sport - 7am
07:00am

Flask of coffee. Car keys. Bag of books. Heading in nice and early - time to beat that morning rush!

Day in the life - sport - 8am
08:00am

In the library nice and early. Right, let’s go over notes, and double check today’s timetable.

Day in the life - sport - 9am
09:00am

First lecture of the day. Engage that Practical brain of yours!

Day in the life - sport - 11am
11:00am

Lecture done. Off to the gym before my next lecture.

Day in the life - sport - 1pm
01:00pm

Practical session in the sports hall.

Day in the life - sport - 3pm
03:00pm

And home. Hello Molly, I’ll fuss you in a minute. Let me just go over today’s notes.

Day in the life - sport - 7pm
07:00pm

Time to train with the rugby lot. Big game on Wednesday!