Daisy Henesy's ALMP report

Hi, I'm Daisy Henesy and I'm on the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme as part of my final year as a medical science student here at the University of Birmingham.

What is the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme?

The Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme is an opportunity for final year students to be mentored by high profile University of Birmingham alumni. My mentor this year is Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, who is the former medical director of BUPA.

How and why did you get involved in this programme?

The main reason I got involved with the scheme was for career guidance. I thought it would be really helpful to have the input of someone with such broad knowledge of the healthcare industry, as I’m about to graduate from a medical science degree. Also, I thought it would be an excellent networking opportunity. Not only is my mentor a great contact but he is also very well connected so I can maybe meet some useful people for my future career.

What sort of opportunities does the programme provide?

Some of the benefits of being part of the scheme might be that you are invited to conferences, networking events and meeting some high profile figures in the industry that you’re interested in. For example I went to a PharmaTimes conference yesterday with my mentor where Professor David Haslam, the chairman of NICE, was speaking so that was really interesting.

Would you recommend this programme to other students?

I would definitely recommend the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme to students in their final year. Having access to such high profile alumni is priceless. The advice and guidance that they can give you is really valuable and it’s definitely a worthwhile experience.