Joseph Alderman

Last year Joe achieved a first class intercalated BMedSc degree in Clinical Science; this involved extensive laboratory research and authoring a thesis. Joe also recently secured competitive charitable funding to complete research into the life support education of pupils in West Midlands schools.

Joe Alderman

Joe launched an outreach educational programme operating from the University, taking healthcare students into West Midlands schools to train over 2000 pupils in life support. For five and a half years he has volunteered with the Guild of Students’ Carnival RAG society, including as Vice President, then President. He has raised in excess of £280,000 for local, national and international charities; planned and delivered a four day international charity conference hosted at the University; and broken a Guinness world record.

What is the best thing that UoB has given you?

The confidence and self-conviction to drive my own adult learning and personal development. There’s quite a big leap in responsibility between being an A-level student and an undergraduate; the adult learning skills my course has let me develop will be vital for my continued education as a junior doctor over the coming years.

What has your greatest achievement been at UoB?

As President-elect for Carnival RAG - organising and hosting the first ever RAG Conference. My committee comprised postgrad and undergrad students spanning all the UoB colleges alongside several members of Guild and Uni staff. We welcomed more than 300 delegates to campus from as far away as South Africa, broke a world record, and invited back prominent alumni to lead seminars and lectures. It was a fantastic event that took a whole year to plan and organise, but which was over in the blink of an eye. Probably my proudest achievement to date. 

Find out more about Joe’s time at University with this Storify