Shelley James

BSc Biomedical Sciences student Shelley James is currently in the process of applying for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to gain business and management experience while studying for her masters.

I chose to study at University of Sunderland because the course I wanted to study was fully accredited with both the IBMS and HCPC. The course had a good balance between practical and theoretical teaching and gave the opportunity for a placement within either the NHS or an industrial lab.

I attended an open day which was really well put together, the teaching staff were very welcoming and were happy to answer any questions. We were also given a comprehensive tour of the facilities and were given a good idea of what would be expected of us.

The sheer variety of modules on the course enables students to gain extensive knowledge in all aspects of modern healthcare, disease and treatment options and the practical aspect of the course means that upon graduation we are fully equipped with the sklills required to be fully functional scientists. We also get to carry out research projects which we manage independently which is very much what would happen in a normal working environment.

As a mature student I was daunted by the thought of starting university but I have found my fellow students, lecturers, technical staff and module leaders to be very helpful, friendly and are always on hand to provide help and support. I have made so many friends from different walks of life and cultures.

It's an excellent University that really listens to the student voice. There have been lots of exciting improvements to facilities recently which will benefit future students massively. There are also so many opportunities to make new friends and try new things.

Prior to university I was working as an admin assistant in an office. As part of my course I took part in a year long internship with a local biotechnological laboratory and have succeeded in gaining full time employment in haemostasis research and development after I graduate. Also, I was able to complete my final year research project during my placement which was really beneficial when coming back for final year and took a lot of the pressure off!

I am in the process of applying for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, which is a collaboration between a graduate, a company, and a university and is an excellent way for graduates to gain personal, business and management experience as well as being able to gain a masters qualification. The project is expected to last two years, during which I would be employed by the participating university. 

Studying at University of Sunderland was the best decision I have ever made."

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