Steven Burke - Food and Nutrition Student
Food and Nutrition student, Steven Burke is from the Republic of Ireland and moved to the UK to start a new career and decided that the Food and Nutrition course would be the perfect fit. Hear from Steven on why he chose to study here, what he enjoys most about the course and what advice he has for future students.
Why did you choose to study at Birmingham City University?
Birmingham City University is only a 20-30-minute drive from where I live, so it was easily accessible which meant I wouldn't have to move again. But, apart from the location, it was the facilities that attracted me the most. The City South Campus has a brand-new building with state-of-the-art laboratories and that is important when doing a science course like Food and Nutrition to build the required skills.
I attended open days before applying to the course and found the endless resources available to a student is second to none. Whether it is academic, personal or any other problems a student might face, BCU has the solution to fix them, as there is always a friendly person to help.
What attracted you to your course?
I chose to study Food and Nutrition mainly because I was intrigued about the health benefits of sustaining a balanced diet. However, since starting my studies here I have gained a whole new interest across every aspect of the food and drink sector. I have discovered that food is so much more than healthy eating.
Also, there are many career prospects once completing this course, as Food and Nutrition focuses on a broad range of areas including: Food Science and Technology, Food Safety and the Nutritional aspect.
What are you enjoying most about your course?
I enjoyed developing my lab skills in Food Chemistry and studying the microbes associated with food in Food Safety. Each module incorporates and helps build the required skills necessary to gain future employment while building a standout portfolio for future accreditation. I am very glad I chose this course and I have loved my experience so far.
The course has greatly surpassed my expectations. As well as acquiring the skills and knowledge from the academic side, we have been introduced to many professionals from the food and drink industry who have come to BCU to give us lectures, and to talk to us about potential career opportunities once graduated. This is a brilliant way to build your network and meet people who could help you find a job in the future.
How do you find the support from staff?
The support staff are more than helpful. They are only an email away for you to meet them and get any help you might need whether its studying, finding resources, writing an essay or to look over any assignments. However, even though it would be great, they don’t do the work for you - they give excellent advice and point you in the right direction.
As a mature student, coming back to education was very daunting. However, after only a short time of starting, I felt like I had never left and that is thanks to all the support staff who gave me the best advice on essay writing, finding resources and thinking outside the box.
What do you like most about studying here?
I love all the facilities, equipment and resources available - it doesn’t matter what campus you are based at, you have access to all campuses for help and resources. The labs are brand new and the equipment is top of the range. The staff are very supportive and the other students are friendly. The faculty puts the students first, and that’s all anyone can ask for.
What are your hopes for the future?
I am a still figuring out what I want to do once I graduate as this course has opened up many possible routes that I want to explore. Whatever I do decide to do, all I want is to enjoy doing it.
Do you have any advice for future students on your course?
Firstly, just enjoy the course. That is probably easier said than done when you are up to your eyes in course work, but, think of the end goal. There is no better feeling than seeing all the hard work you put in being rewarded. If you keep on top of your studies and attend the lectures then that is half the battle and in the end it will all be worth it.
Make the time to do the things you enjoy. Taking a well needed break from course work is all that you might need to refresh your mind so you can do some great work when you return to it.