Tolu Oyebanji

Tolu Oyebanji is now working as a Biomedical Scientist at Scarborough General Hospital. Tolu was in no doubt about what she wanted from her degree – an investment in her future as a scientist. But what she hadn’t anticipated was the life-changing opportunities she embraced which shaped her as an individual and made her work-ready; an experience she now says she wouldn’t trade for anything.

When it came to choosing a university, I’d always wanted to study near the beach, but it was only after attending an Open Day at Sunderland that my mind was made up. I was so impressed with the facilities, the friendly atmosphere and all the opportunities on offer that there was no other choice. The taster session for the course I wanted to do was an added bonus and made me realise how relevant it would be to my chosen career. 

The recruitment team at the Open Day were amazing and introduced me to the many student experiences that were on offer. I signed up for everything I could, from the various sporting societies to becoming a Student Ambassador and Student Associate Scheme. I also became one of the University’s Lives on Line bloggers, which was a great way to share my thoughts on student life. However, one of my proudest achievements was being supported to create the Afro-Caribbean Society at the University.

I love my job at Scarborough, but I know none of this would have been possible without those incredible experiences at Sunderland and that crucial support from my lecturers. 

You get so much out the opportunities on offer at Sunderland, but it’s also about the effort you put in. My whole student experience was so much fun and I wouldn’t trade those years for the world.”

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