Charlotte Chapman-Hart - BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences
When did you Graduate?
What do you think of Sheffield?
Although I did not live in Sheffield during my time studying at the university, I spent most days in the city study an embracing Sheffield citizen life as much as I possibly could. Travelling day in day out on the train was at times very challenging as the journey felt quite tiring during busy periods of the course. However, Sheffield being the beautiful and forever welcoming place that it is, never failed to brighten my day and soften the 'blow' of the journey.
Whilst I never physically lived in Sheffield, I would say that because of the all-round stunning and vibrant place that it is, it always felt like 'home'! Having been to many UK cities, Sheffield has always and will always hold a very special place in my heart and it was an honour to be able to study in such a fantastic part of our country.
What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?
As a member of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Sheffield, you will have the privilege of being taught by some of the most inspirational and encouraging members of staff who never cease to amaze you with their expertise and breadth of knowledge. Not only are you encouraged to reach your potential, you are supported in exceeding any and every expectation you have of yourself through outstanding personal tutoring and lecturing.
The administration staff endlessly supports each student too to ensure that your studies progress seamlessly to enable you to achieve all you hope to and more. Perhaps most importantly for you at this time is thinking about the course content and whether it is right for you. My year group was beautifully diverse in terms of age, cultural background, professional experience, academic interests and career aspirations – and it satisfied all of these variances.The knowledge and professional skills you will gain are phenomenal, and no matter where you plan to go after you have completed your programme of study, guaranteed this course will provide you with strong foundations to prosper further.
My final bit of advice… embrace every opportunity given to you and be confident in exploring who you are and what you are capable of in this inspiring and positive learning environment!
What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?
Personally I thrived on the ability to engage in group discussions within the lectures and seminars. Discussing and debating with not only the academic staff but also my peers was so thought provoking and enabled me to develop a whole range of cognitive and verbal skills.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of the modules that were available to us. You are able to tailor make your course to satisfy your needs and interests which in turn ensures that you are able to achieve your potential at the same time as challenging you to take on new subject areas which broadens your knowledge base a provides a substantial opportunity for personal/professional growth.
What are you doing now?
Currently I am studying full time an MA of Global Justice in the department of politics at the University of Sheffield (due to finish in September 2016). I am in the process of developing a PhD proposal in Contextual Theology which is focused on urban politics and global justice within a theological context. Perhaps not what you’d expect I’d be doing having previously undertaken the BMedSci!
This diverse academic journey is by no means because I didn’t enjoy previous studies or haven’t made my mind up yet… it’s proof that the BMedSci equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress in any number of directions and can open up doors you would never even imagined.
Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?
Without a shadow of a doubt!
As I have already mentioned, the BMedSci develops skills and abilities beyond what you could possibly expect. Every single day I make use of each of these and regularly apply the theoretical and practical knowledge I gained. The staff and department (without over exaggerating) facilitate a learning environment which is first class. They nurture every individual and it is safe to say that I will be forever indebted to them for the incredible manner in which they supported me, challenged me and encouraged me.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a First Class Honours degree, nor go on to do a masters, and certainly did I never consider the possibility that I’d be able to do a PhD! My undergraduate studies were the springboard which have catapulted me into the academic position I am in today and I have no doubt that they would do exactly the same for you.
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