Tom Lavender - BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Tom Lavender

July 2015

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield is highly regarded worldwide and the facilities impressed me. My immediate perception of the university was that it was a very relaxed learning environment and I knew this was the place for me from very early on during my open day.

What do you think of Sheffield?

The city is truly marvellous and I felt at home right away. There is so much variety in its nightlife and I have never felt in any danger when out and about on the streets. The Student Union is highly commended for student satisfaction and I can completely see why that is. I have loved the union over my time at the university where I produced and co-hosted my own radio show and eventually ended up working there behind the bar for my final year. It may be a little bit hilly but on the bright side my calf muscles are spectacular after three years living there!

What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?

Early on in the degree I did not take full advantage of the fantastic support available; something of great importance, especially as time progresses. One of the advantages of having quite a small number of students on a degree is that lecturers and staff are more able to help you. Staff are always happy to talk with you if there is anything you are unsure of and do so with very helpful and friendly attitudes.

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

I enjoyed many aspects of the course but in particular it was the diversity of it. Students came from a wide variety of backgrounds and the curriculum was varied too from learning how to do research to understanding key biomedical concepts cumulating in a placement and dissertation which can be based in and on endless different areas of health and social care.

What are you doing now?

I am currently looking into various graduate job opportunities and hoping to sign up for the NHS Graduate Scheme when applications open in October.

Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?

Absolutely! The degree has taught me so much about healthcare and many of the challenges surrounding it. When I look back through old notes and assessments it is striking just how far I have come in such a relatively short period of time. My written and analytical skills are far superior to what they were upon starting university.

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