Alistair Clarke BMedSci Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Alistair Clarke

July 2014

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

I chose the University of Sheffield for so many reasons but here are a few. Academically, it has an insurpassable reputation for development and research (particularly in health-related research) as well as a very competitive level of student satisfaction. I had lots of friends at other universities that I visited and Endcliffe was by a long way, the best student accomodation to begin your time at university.

What do you think of Sheffield?

Being from a small village on the border of Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, Sheffield was of stark contrast to being at home. I originally had planned to move to London after graduating, yet after only 3 months into my first year of Uni I had already decided that this city was where I wanted to live. There is so much to explore within the city, with a huge variation of people and communities, each area with its individual charms. Sheffield is also one of the greenest cities in the UK despite being the UK's fifth biggest city. It is a modern social hub with a strong industrial past sat amongst some of the most beautiful countryside with the peak district on its doorstep. I have never met more genuinely kind and humble people than in Sheffield and this is what has inspired me to continue living here today.

Why advice would you give to prospective health and human sciences students?

In my first year, I didn't put enough emphasis on my academic work and I had to put lots of effort in to organise my academic work in my second year. So I would say, make the most of the great support that the staff involved with the course give you, if you are struggling, don't hesitate to ask for help as it will only help you in the long run. Also, the Health and Human Sciences course offers more variation within its modules than any other course you could do, take advantage of this as no matter which career path you choose, the ability to show you are versatile is invaluble in a professional environment.

What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?

For me the most enjoyable part of the course, was the variation that was offered to us with regard to module choice. You get more free modules than any other course I know of, which means you can learn about so many different aspects of healthcare from Molecular Roots of Disease through to Ethics in Practice and Healthcare Management. If you wish you can filll your free spaces with modules from other courses if you have a passion for another subject other than healthcare.

What are you doing now?

After completing my Health and Human Sciences degree at the University of Sheffield I moved to Sheffield and got a place on a graduate management programme at a nationwide electrical company just three months after graduating. For me, the fact that my degree helped me to get a management position within a completely different field, is testament to the reputation of the University as a whole and the demonstrable usefulness of the skills I learned during this course.

Do you think your degree helped/is helping further your career?

Undoubtedly, my career is and will forever be helped by my degree in Health and Human Sciences.

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