"The University and course have benefited me by improving my researching, leadership, teamwork, and time management abilities. The course has also given me a global perspective regarding occupational health, safety and environmental issues through the use of guest speakers."
Can you give a short outline of the course you study at the University of Birmingham?
In the Science of Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment (SHE) course, I have learned about environmental protection through sampling and analysis, incident management with the use of guidelines and regulations, as well as assessment of hazards in the workplace, and how to manage said hazards. The research methods component of my course involved the development and execution of a research project by a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approach.
What made you to decide to study at the University of Birmingham rather than in your home country?
The decision to come to Birmingham was based on the fact that the SHE course offered modules with both theory-based and hands-on methods for learning. The length of the program was also a deciding factor as it is only one year. Although the intensity throughout the year was high, it inherently improves time management and researching abilities.
How did you find your first few weeks at Birmingham?
My first few weeks at Birmingham were not easy as they involved adjusting to a new place, but in less than a month I was able to feel comfortable. There are always many people willing to help you.
How has the University benefited you?
The University and course have benefited me by improving my researching, leadership, teamwork, and time management abilities. The course has also given me a global perspective regarding occupational health, safety and environmental issues through the use of guest speakers.
How do you find campus life?
Campus life is amazing, as the University campus itself feels like a town on it’s own. The facilities are fantastic, and there are many places to study and explore. The farmers market, and fruit and vegetable stands are big pluses as well.
How do you find living in Birmingham? Is it how you expected it to be? Do you find the student community here supportive?
Living in Birmingham is amazing. Transportation routes are very simple, especially since the University has it’s own train station. Everything that I need as a student is also within walking distance.
The student community is very supportive, especially of international students.
Any tips or words of wisdom that you would like to pass on to other students thinking of coming to study here?
Life as a student at the University of Birmingham will fulfill your expectations by providing a great atmosphere on campus, excellent mentorship and support from faculty members, as well as opportunities to explore Birmingham and more during your time here.
What are your future career aspirations?
I aspire to being a successful environmental consultant, and hope to contribute to making the world a more sustainable place for future generations.