Welcome to the School

Please watch each of the videos below, from your Head of School and our key departments, including the library, student services and the students union to find out more information about the faculty before you start.

On arrival, you’ll be ask to complete a task card, based on the information in the video below in return for a gift, so be sure to take note of as much information as you can – good luck!

Welcome message from your Head of School

Hannah Abbott

Congratulations on achieving your results and welcome to the School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. We are delighted you have joined the School and we are looking forward to introducing you to university life and helping you settle into university life

We have a diverse range of courses and so I hope you will make the most of the opportunities to share your experiences with other students within the school and university. As a School we are united in our one aim - to improve the lives of patients and the public; this may be through hands-on care, by enabling engagement in sport, through scientific research or by understanding how to improve the health and well-being of the wider population. This opportunity to improve lives is a great privilege and joining BCU is your first step in a career that will make a real difference.

We have invested heavily in our learning environment for the students in the School of Health Sciences and I am sure that you will enjoy learning in our new science and sports labs and in our clinical skills suite; including our operating theatre, radiography suite and rehab facilities. We have also invested in our buildings so you can find plenty of study spaces on campus, and our library is one of the largest healthcare reference libraries in the country.

Everyone is always a bit nervous about starting university – this is a good sign – it means you are keen to do well and to make the most of this exciting opportunity! Don’t worry – everyone here is very friendly and we will help you to settle in quickly; look out for our school staff on your first day as they are keen to help. Your personal tutor is a key person to get to know in the first few weeks, they can help with any queries, worries or concerns, and will be really pleased to hear how much you are enjoying things.

I will see you on your first day when you enrol as I will be here to welcome new students along with my colleagues and I will be attending some of the individual course events during your first few weeks.

Finally – I wish you the best of luck for the start of your course. You are now a part of the School of Health Sciences and Birmingham City University academic community and we look forward to working with you to help you succeed.

With best wishes,

Hannah Abbott, Head of School, Health Sciences