Savannah Sturridge - Sport and Exercise Science
Coming to Birmingham City University as her Insurance choice has worked out well for Savannah, as she has built a good deal of practical experience alongside her academic knowledge. This has included working with professional athletes and working part-time for the University as a course ambassador.
How did you get into Birmingham City University?
“My first choice course had high entry requirements, but sadly I did not meet them in all of my subjects. For me, it was really disappointing that, despite achieving A* grade in Physical Education, I was not accepted at my first choice university. Instead, I chose my insurance choice of Birmingham City University rather than going into Clearing.
“I was excited at the prospects of challenging myself in an environment that was new to the lecturers and staff who would be looking to achieve the best possible from their students as they are also making a reputation for themselves in a new course. I knew that the course leaders would be looking for students to excel and I was looking to do that too, and prove my academic ability.
What did you think of your course?
“The course has gone beyond my expectations. After a year, I had a wealth of experience to include in my CV and now into my second year again, I have even more. Only a month into the course, I led a warm-up for Kidderminster Harriers Football Club academy players and continue to help with sports science testing days with them. I have also helped with Warwickshire County Cricket Club sports science testing.
What did you think of your placements?
“I’m currently on a placement with the City of Birmingham Swimming Club, working with junior national swimmers on their strength and conditioning. I’m helping one of our physiology lecturers with his research which will hopefully get my name on a published paper in the future, and have interviewed international athletes for UK Athletics as a volunteer at their competitions.
Do you do anything outside of your study at BCU?
“I’m also a course ambassador and work at Open Days and Applicant Taster Days at the University, which is amazing as I am so enthusiastic about my course and love to encourage others. I have worked part-time calling up prospective student applicants, answering any unanswered questions as honestly as possible, and helped out for photoshoots and interviews advertising the course.
What do you think of the campus?
“City South Campus is great for being around fellow students of similar interests. The facilities here are amazing, with opportunities to work in quieter environments if needed and plenty of laptop access. Where I have asked for support, I have immediately been given it, whether that’s from lectures for assessments, or from mathematics and English support staff.
What are your hopes for the future?
“I am hoping to go on to study a Master’s and if I can, then a PhD. I would love to publish my own research and become a lecturer to encourage the next generation. That’s my main goal but we will see.”