Ana from Romania

Name: Ana Amariutei
Course: Biomedical Science
My name is Ana and I am a second year Biomedical Science student at the University of Sheffield. I am from Romania and I love volunteering in activities that have a positive impact on people’s lives. I like walking, travelling and spending my time reading about new science discoveries. During my first year at the university, I invested my free time in hanging out with my new friends, exploring the city and taking part in activities organised by the university and the Students’ Union.
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Why did you choose to study your course?

Since I was little and I was playing the doctor-patient game I always wanted to be able to find the best treatments for my patients and treat them without pain. In turn, whenever I went to the doctor I would pay attention to my treatment and medication and always asked many questions. The more answers I got, the more questions it raised, and I wanted to know and understand more about human biology, its perfection and flaws. For several years I offered support to children suffering from cancer. They are my source of inspiration in choosing this course, hoping that one day a cure will be found or at least ways to improve the treatments practised now.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

My sister is an alumni of University of Sheffield and she always talked about the high educational services and facilities the university provides for its students. I read about the Biomedical Science Department and I learned it was the UK’s number one for medical research and top five for biological research. BioMed at the University of Sheffield is one of the few undergraduate courses in the UK that involves anatomy modules where you have the opportunity to be involved in the dissection of human cadavers, providing a deeper understanding of the subject. The level of teaching, the facilities and the top research are just a few of the things that made the decision to come here very easy.

What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?

There are lots of things that I like at the University of Sheffield. First of all, one of my favourite things about it is the relationship between the student and lecturer and the way that no matter what question you have, you will be given an answer. Secondly, there are lots of societies where you can meet people from your course or other departments. As part of my studies I have had the chance to take part in interdisciplinary courses such as Breaking Boundaries which contributes to your development as a future scientist and increases the educational level of the course. Students at the University of Sheffield have limitless opportunities, resources and experiences, and I felt welcomed and free to choose what peaks my interest.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

I love living in Sheffield, students here are very fortunate to have some of the greatest places to walk such as in the Peak District and it is a wonderful area to observe and connect to the nature. Sheffield is a very green and friendly city and most of the accommodation buildings are placed around lovely areas surrounded by parks and are quite close to the city centre, shops and places where you can go out with your friends.

I think every student choosing their future university tries to find a compromise between what the heart wants and what the mind needs. I look back and I know that when I chose University of Sheffield, I chose for both.

What do you hope to do in the future?
With an interest in cancer diagnosis and treatments, in the future I would like to work as a medical researcher. The University of Sheffield provides updated information regarding new discoveries during the lectures and we often have free discussions based on new scientific papers or lab techniques. Students here have the opportunity to acquire experience in the lab as part of the practical classes, knowledge through courses and access to scientific journals and are constantly challenged to think and expand their horizon. We are encouraged to do internships during our course in order to gain as much experience and skills as possible.

Iqra from Pakistan

Name: Iqra Jilani

Course: Biomedical Science

Hi! My name is Iqra and I am a third year BSc Biomedical Science student. I am from Pakistan, but I was born and raised in Dubai which is part of UAE. I can speak Urdu and English but I am also learning to speak French.

In my spare time I am part of VolCom – the University’s volunteering committee. We organise different volunteering opportunities all over Sheffield throughout the year which is lots of fun, especially ’24 Hour Volunteering’ which involved different projects taking place during a single 24 hour period. I always enjoy astronomy – staring at the stars trying to grasp the vastness of the universe.

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Why did you choose to study your course?

Choosing a course to study is always a daunting process. I’ve had my fair share of doubts but the reason for choosing biomedical science is due to the vastness of the subject. It allows me to explore all aspects of the human body and the diseases that may befall it and I have the opportunity to explore different areas of biology in order to not only understand the abnormality but also research towards a possible cure.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

Being a science nerd, Sheffield attracted me due to its ground breaking research programs and a hands on approach to teaching. For example, second year students get to explore the anatomy of the human body independently. As well as the academic aspects your university experience is about learning different skills and having the UK’s No. 1 Students’ Union which enables us to not only try out different sports but also to enjoy cultural activities which explore the traditions of the world from the comfort of what we call our home, the University of Sheffield!

What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?

The people! Sheffield houses some of the world’s most inspirational and talented lecturers that not only educate you but entice your curiosity, make you question and find the answers. The lecturers make learning interactive and thought provoking.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

Sheffield is a green city from the parks to the Peaks. Its pure beauty and the ability to see the sky erupt into millions of glimmering stars every night, allowing us to appreciate the beauty of the universe is perhaps one of my favourite thing about living in Sheffield. I also like having access to amazing affordable accommodation which is only minutes away from campus. Sheffield is a safe student city bustling with life and the university is centrally located so you can go from studying in the library to relaxing in town within minutes at any time.

What do you hope to do in the future?

After university I plan on working in drug development – researching diseases and trying to find the best drug to contain and hopefully cure it. The university provides opportunities to explore the world of research through the ‘Sheffield Undergraduate Research Scheme’ (SURE). I have had the opportunity to go through this 6 week research scheme by working in labs and looking into cell-to-cell communication and heterogeneity through calcium dynamics. This has provided me with extensive lab skills which are needed for research in the working world

Mohamed from Egypt

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Name: Mohamed ElGhazaly 

Course: Biomedical Science

Hello! My name is Mohamed ElGhazaly and I am a third year Biomedical Science student. I am from Cairo, Egypt but I live in the United Arab Emirates. My hobbies include horse riding, playing tennis, volunteering and taking part in activities around the Students’ Union such as being a committee member in societies. I also enjoy travelling across cities and countries. In addition, I enjoy reading fiction books and I am a big Harry Potter fan!

Why did you choose to study your course?

I have always been interested in finding out more about the human body and its complicated systems. My favourite subjects at A Level were Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (especially Statistics) and IT. When I was researching undergraduate courses during my final year of high school, I realised that Biomedical Science is the degree for me as it combines all my favourite subjects to study and research the human body. I read more around the subject which attracted me even more to the course. It is a very fascinating field which I believe will grow in the near future.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield is a Russell Group university with excellent researchers and state-of-the-art facilities. It only made sense that I choose it as the place I would spend my three undergraduate years to develop myself as a young researcher. The University of Sheffield is international and has had the top Students’ Union in the UK for 8 years in a row (6 years when I entered university) with more than 300 societies to get involved in. This guaranteed that I will find something to be engaged with in my free time. Furthermore, Sheffield is home to multiple Nobel Prize winners which demonstrates the strength of its academics and researchers. I also visited the University and city prior the start of the academic year, and was amazed at how friendly the people are.

What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield has a very vibrant community. There is always something for students to participate in. It provides students with new experiences which develops the students’ personalities. There is not a single thing that I can call my favourite, but what I really appreciate is how approachable the lecturers are, and their excellence in teaching. They are always glad to help whenever any student struggles. The University also provides a lot of support to students in terms of job applications and interviews. I believe the great support provided by the University is what makes it truly special.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

Absolutely! University of Sheffield has the top accommodation in the UK which provides a very safe environment for students to live in. You have the option to live in a student village surrounded by nature, or nearer to the city centre. This means there is a choice for anyone’s preference. Both are within walking distance to the University.The city centre encompasses many shops (most offer student discounts!) and holds many mesmerising events for occasions such as Christmas fairs.

Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the UK with parks that provide a relaxing environment for students to relax during and/or outside studies.

What do you hope to do in the future?

My passion lies within research and I aspire to become a research scientist in the future, specifically in the field of Neuroscience.I took part in the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme operated by the University and the Department of Biomedical Science, which provided me with a rewarding research experience. The Career Development Skills module run by the department aims to develop students’ knowledge related to their careers, whether it is research or any other career path. This module together with the University’s careers service, gave me valuable advice to succeed when applying for part time jobs.