Daisy Chell

Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons)

Daisy was in London pursuing acting, when she realised she wanted more stability in her future career. After discovering BCU,  she realised that she could explore her interest in voice and vocal care through practice-based learning and placements as a Speech and Language Therapy student. She knew it was the right path for her to take.

“After sixth form I moved to London and attended drama school, as I’d always wanted to be an actor. Once I attended drama school and became more familiar with the industry, I realised I wanted a job that not only offered a steady income and workload, but that I also wanted to help people.

I chose Speech and Language Therapy as it was the perfect course to expand on my knowledge of voice and vocal care that I’d developed in drama school. The excellent reputation that the course holds, and the employability rate after graduating, helped me choose Speech and Language Therapy at BCU; I wanted a vocational course that would lead to a good job. Plus, the resources and materials accessible for students are excellent and I loved the facilities on the City South Campus, I think the ward simulation rooms are outstanding and a great place to learn.

My course includes clinical placements, which have provided me with real-life experience of working as a Speech and Language Therapist in a professional setting. It’s important to me that through my profession I will be able to help people to communicate needs, wants and emotions, which I believe every human being has the right to do. I’ve already been able to do this through my placements.

I have also taken the opportunity to attend sector-relevant talks, network with industry professionals and speak with members of the public who have received Speech and Language Therapy. These opportunities on my course have taught me patience and a new level of understanding and empathy. I’ve learnt about many unseen disabilities, disorders and conditions which have made me a well-rounded person and ready to work in the sector. My course has furthered my passion for helping people and my lecturers continue to inspire me to work hard for a high grade, something I didn’t think I was capable of when I started the course.

Aside from opportunities my course offers, I have a part-time job as a Student Ambassador, this includes working Open Days, calling applicants to answer their questions and working as an Inclusivity Ambassador. This has added lots of different skills to my CV and helped me to become more independent and self-reliant.

I also love being a part of the cheerleading society and the great experiences that come with it, like competing (and winning!) nationals, and spending time with my friends at practice and socials. The friendly cheerleading committee definitely helped me find my feet in first year and was a great way to meet people from all areas of the university. Birmingham can seem overwhelming at first, because it’s so big, but making new friends really helped me enjoy being in the city and realise it’s an inclusive, diverse city with so much going on.

To me, I AM BCU means working hard to achieve your goals, whilst being supported by staff, friends and the university community."