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Let SPACE help you improve your clinical skills

Find out about the best place to practice your clinical skills as a health student at BCU.

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Everything you need to know about returning to life on campus

With restrictions now beginning to ease, we understand that you may be anxious about either returning to campus, or joi...

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Dementia care: The little things you can do to make a difference

Find out how you can help those with dementia in your community, now that COVID restrictions are lifting.

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Celebrating International Nurses’ Day with Jacinta, a BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing student

Every year International Nurses' Day is celebrated on 12 May, which is also the anniversary of the birth of Florence N...

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International Nurses’ Day 2021 – Why I’m proud to be a student nurse.

To celebrate International Nurses' Day 2021, we asked two BCU first year BSc (Hons) Nursing students to share their nur...

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Explore what Edgbaston has to offer

There are lots of great and interesting places to visit and things to do in Edgbaston, close to our BCU City South Camp...

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Dying Matters: Let's talk about dying

Every year in May, Dying Matters and coalition members host an Awareness Week. From the 10th to the 16th of May, this y...

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Military (Defence School of Healthcare Education) FAQs

If you are considered a career as a nurse, ODP or radiographer within the Armed Forces, take a look at our FAQs to find...

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How do University Apprenticeships Work?

Most of us have heard of apprenticeships, but your first thought is probably the industry-based apprenticeships that we...

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Six benefits of attending a HELS Virtual Applicant Taster Day

Find out here what a BCU Virtual Applicant Taster Day (ATD) is and what is included. Plus, read our list of the top six...

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'My degree makes me feel valued': Sarah Shakil

Third-year BSc Adult Nursing student Sarah always knew she would work in healthcare. After studying health related sub...

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Mental Health and the Media

Mental health awareness is increasing, and how the media portray mental illness can have a big impact our understanding...

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Tips for studying at home during lockdown

Read our tips on studying from home, and how you can keep motivated.

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My liver transplant and me: How my experiences will make me a better nurse

Sherniece Kaur was just a few weeks into her degree in Adult Nursing at Birmingham City University when she fell ill a...

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Seven facts you may not know about our MSc Nursing course

BCU have recently announced the launch of our new MSc Adult Nursing (pre-registration) course in partnership with Healt...

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On the 12 days of Christmas: Ideas to make, do, attend and games to keep you busy over the festive period

We have compiled some activities you can make, do, attend and play over Christmas to keep you busy over what we know wi...

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Men's Mental Health Awareness Month

As it is Men's Mental Health Month, we asked BSc Mental Health Nursing student, Steven Zulu to let us know what is like...

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Living with Dementia at Christmas-time

Christmas is a special time full of traditions and happy anticipation about being together with people we love, presen...

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Five ways Health and Education students can still get work experience during the Pandemic

Read five ways you as Health and Education students can pull on your previous work and voluntary experiences to bolster...

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Seven benefits of a Virtual Open Day

University open days are looking different at the moment.  Here's seven reasons why you should attend a virtual open da...

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World Dream Day: Making your dream career a reality

We all have one thing in common, dreams. World Dream Day was established to encourage everyone to concentrate on their ...

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Nursing Open Day: Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing your degree subject and university is a big decision. We’re sure you have lots of questions about everything f...

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Midwifery Open Day: Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Virtual Open Day! If you’re interested in Midwifery, today is a great way to get to know more about wh...

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Exploring the parks around our City South Campus

If you're looking for places to go around campus to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and scenery, check out our Parks blo...

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Welcome to the Mary Seacole Library

Get to know the library at our City South Campus, before you start your studies, and give yourself a head start. 

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Nursing students share highlights from their first year

See what some of our nursing students say about their first year at Birmingham City University.

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Support whilst studying

If you're considering, or studying, a healthcare degree, find out about the support you can access while studying.

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‘Corona’ – Turning the Word into Positive Steps to Help You Keep on Top of Your Wellbeing

If you are struggling with any of the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to our lives, read our tips to help you keep...

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Getting into Nursing: Should I do a degree or an apprenticeship?

From September this year we’re offering a four-year degree-level apprenticeship route into all four fields of nursing:...

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What stationery supplies do I need for university?

Ready to start a new chapter this September? Our third-year student Shelby has made a short vlog about some key station...

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Nursing life at Birmingham City University

With the current Coronavirus pandemic, our Return to Practice (RTP) Nursing course has been more important than ever t...

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7 reasons why you should become a nurse

We spoke to Kevin Crimmons, Head of the Dame Edith Cavell Department of Adult Nursing, to find out why nurses are so ke...

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What do Mental Health Nurses do?

Mental Health Nursing is a demanding but rewarding career choice. The role would require you to support a person throug...

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Working on the wards during Covid 19

Going from being a student to being a nurse can be a challenge, many of you will be taking this step before you have g...

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How to manage anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

It’s not easy with the daily updates of Coronavirus infection rates to stay calm and anxiety free. It’s a worrying time...

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How do online interviews work?

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we’re taking precautions to keep our staff, students and applicants as safe as poss...

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Keep moving to beat the blues

Ever considered Coronavirus Bingo while watching the news or shadow boxing in the front room? Senior Lecturer in Sports...

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What do Learning Disability Nurses do?

Learning Disability nursing is a very rewarding career with excellent employment prospects. The role of a Learning Disa...

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Five reasons why volunteering is great for your CV

Stef, an Employability Advisor and Careers+ team member for the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, explain...

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How SPACE supported a Midwifery student

Amy, one of our BSc Midwifery students has given us some insight into how our unique Skills, Practice, and Care Enhanc...

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What to expect at an Open Day

We know that Open Days can be overwhelming – so many people, so many courses, so much to see and do! So, we sent studen...

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Do you know your organs?

For the past two years, we’ve been running workshops now known as KYO – Know Your Organs. They’ve proven popular with s...

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Child Nursing students take part in MEDLIFE

We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with MEDLIFE, a charity with a mission to build a worldwide movement empo...

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Welcome week: Get to know your City South campus

As part of our Welcome Week celebrations, we thought we’d introduce you to your campus, here in the heart of Edgbaston ...

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‘On the Record’: A STEAM Collaboration

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has collaborated with The Centre for Law, Science, and Policy on a unique STEAM pro...

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World Breastfeeding Week

This week is World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding is an emotive and sometimes controversial topic, and one that our ...

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Wear Red Day: My experience with Sepsis

Almost four years ago, on the 23 December 2015, Ellie began to feel ill. But this wasn’t just your common cold. Below...

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Five things to do in Edgbaston

City South Campus is nestled in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston, just to the south of Birmingham city centre. But don’t t...

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My BCU Family

How would you feel about going to the same university as your mum and dad? We had the chance to speak to Mike Davies, o...

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Positive Choices Conference 2019 (student review)

One hundred years! Who would have guessed learning disability nursing has been around for that long? We recently had th...

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10 ways to be greener at City South

Here at City South, we’re very proud of how green our campus is. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful greener...

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Why join the BCU Midwifery Society?

A Midwifery course can be extremely rewarding but we recognise that it’s hard work too. It’s important to have fun and ...

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Student midwives complete the Birmingham 10K

Midwifery students run the Birmingham 10k for hospice charity in memory of family member

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Going with the flow: My period and me

To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day BCU Research Fellow, Gemma Williams, writes about the stigma of menstruation and her own ...

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Eight ways to look after your mental health as a student

University is usually hailed as some of the best years of your life – and 99% of the time, it really is. However, somet...

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World Autism Awareness Week: Me and My Son

Learning Disability Nursing student, Joan, writes here about how being the mother of her autistic son, Micah, influence...

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The Seven Truths of Midwifery

With International Day of the Midwife approaching, we’ve spoken to one of our Midwifery graduates, Danielle Carey, who’...

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What inspired us to become nurses and midwives

Everyone has a story to tell, so we’ve spoken to some of our nursing and midwifery students to find out what inspired t...

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Nursing and Midwifery placement travel tips

We know that placements are an important part of your experience during your course. We’ve already covered what to wear...

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The benefits of working in Healthcare

There's so many great reasons to work towards a career in healthcare - whether it's Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography or ...

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This is why you should Return to Practice

Course leader for Return To Practice courses, Chris Jones, shares his top 10 reasons why you should return to practice ...

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A learning disability nursing student's personal development through Positive Choices

We’re keen to give our students as many options as possible to develop as people including opportunities outside of the...

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Five ways work experience can help with your future career

Careers+ employability advisor, Stef Cope, shares her reasons how work experience can help with your future goals and h...

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10 reasons why you should continue your professional development

Professional navigator, Nicola Clarke, shares her top 10 tips why you should continue your professional development (CP...

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Mollie Zacarias: My financial life as a student

Second year Education Studies student, Mollie tells us what she spends her money on as a student in Birmingham and offe...

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Child-care and funding support throughout your degree

We know that a lot of parents or mature students may feel apprehensive about starting a degree at a later time in their...

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What to wear on placement

We know that placements are a major part of your experience during your course so we've spoken to staff and students to...

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A day in the life of a student midwife

Have you ever wondered what a typical day on a maternity ward is like? Final-year student midwife, Cydney, kept a diary...

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Blue Monday

Blue Monday, what is that? I thought every Monday was ‘blue’. Well apparently there is an unscientific mathematical way...

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What's it really like to have twins?

Last month we celebrated International Multiple Birth Awareness Week with a range of activities. You probably don’t t...

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Child Nursing students put theory into practice

Recently we popped along to one of the Theory into Practice sessions, known as TiP to see what goes on. We spoke to our...

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Looking after your mental health at Christmas

Discover tips and advice from Mental Health lecturer, Kim Moore on how to take care of your mental health during the fe...

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20 student midwife secrets

We all know midwives are extremely busy with a baby being born every minute, but do you know exactly what they get up t...

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Seven reasons why you should study healthcare

If you're thinking about studying for a career in healthcare, here's seven reasons why you should... 

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7 things you didn’t know about multiple births

This week is Multiple Birth Awareness Week - 5-12 November 2018. Our team in the Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centr...

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A mature student's experience

As a mature student being out of academic studies for some time, I was extremely concerned about being just a number in...

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Students go Stateside

We’re lucky to have established a strong link with the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) in the USA, sharing with each ot...

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Seven reasons why we love our new campus

Having recently spent £41 million on City South Campus, here's what we love about our new spaces and facilities! 

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Do you want to work with people with disabilities?

Are you considering a career working with people who have disabilities? There's a whole of host of ways in which you co...

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How do learning disability nurses support people?

Fiona Rich tells us how Learning Disability Nurses support some of the most vulnerable members of society.

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Why we’re proud to work for the NHS

Find out why our students chose to study a degree in healthcare and why they're proud to be part of the NHS...

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Why more people need to study nursing and midwifery

Your country needs you.  As we continue to push through these unprecedented times, now, more than ever there's an ev...

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BCU Student Nursing Times Awards 2018 nominations

Birmingham City University has received a record number of nominations in the shortlist for this year’s Student Nursing...

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Nurses’ Day 2018 #ThisNurse

As a “bisexual and gender-neutral person of colour”, Oliver knew what it was like to feel isolated. Here, Oliver writes...

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Why study Learning Disability Nursing?

Hear from our nursing students why they chose to study Learning Disability Nursing. 

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Why students love S.P.A.C.E

SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) is a unique practise area that health care students can access outside of ...

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