Student Life

1508, 2016

Diary of a wallflower: how to cope with Welcome Week as an introvert

By |August 15th, 2016|Student Life|Comments Off on Diary of a wallflower: how to cope with Welcome Week as an introvert

Moving to a new city where you don’t know anybody is scary for the most confident of people. So what if you’re an introvert? Business student Paulina was right there with you this time last year, except she had the challenge of moving to a new country and speaking a second language to deal with […]

1508, 2016

Six things I wish I knew in my first year as a visual communication student

By |August 15th, 2016|Student Life|Comments Off on Six things I wish I knew in my first year as a visual communication student

Going to university and starting a new course is nerve wracking. Just trying to figure out where you need to go and remember everyone’s name is a challenge, before you’ve even started to figure out how to get the most from your degree. So to give you a helping hand, Visual Communication student Eden Smith-Wint […]

1208, 2016

Why a late application got my music ambitions back on track – Natalie’s story

By |August 12th, 2016|Student Life|Comments Off on Why a late application got my music ambitions back on track – Natalie’s story

Natalie Chan is a final year Music Business student at Birmingham City University. She shares her experience, how she chose the course and her top tips for new students starting this September.

I always dreamed of becoming an artist as I love dancing and being involved in school musicals. I never thought of going to University […]

1208, 2016

Not following the traditional route – why starting uni later was a great choice

By |August 12th, 2016|Student Life|Comments Off on Not following the traditional route – why starting uni later was a great choice

Finish your GCSE’s, go to Sixth Form or College, then go to University at 18 and get a job. That’s the route way people expect you to take isn’t it? In reality, that isn’t the exact order that everyone follows – and it wasn’t the order that worked for second year Criminology student Amy Foster. She shares […]

2607, 2016

Gotta catch ’em all

By |July 26th, 2016|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off on Gotta catch ’em all

Gotta catch ‘em all, right? Having played ‘Pokémon Go’ as a Pokémon fan (but not a die-hard one) it’s so easy to see the instant appeal of collecting (yet again) those little critters, says Zuby Ahmed, Programme Director for MSc Video Game Enterprise, Design & Production and BA/BSc Interactive Entertainment at Birmingham City University.

The game […]

2207, 2016

What is a High Sheriff?

By |July 22nd, 2016|Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on What is a High Sheriff?

Next week we’re awarding an Honorary Doctorate to Dr Keith Bradshaw, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands and High Sheriff. Here Keith tells us about what his roles involve and the work he’s been doing with some of our students…

Today, the role of High Sheriff is wholly ceremonial, but carries the status of being the […]

303, 2016

Relieving stress while at uni – a student’s guide

By |March 3rd, 2016|Student Life|Comments Off on Relieving stress while at uni – a student’s guide

Jean Tsiga is a second year Mental Health Nursing student at Birmingham City University.

Mental wellbeing is a vital part of our survival, and as students we are prone to feeling stressed from ongoing pressures within our studies and personal lives.

Like me, many of you may have to juggle course work deadlines, placements, childcare, work (to […]

1512, 2015

My first Christmas in the UK – Ally’s story

By |December 15th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on My first Christmas in the UK – Ally’s story

Can you remember your first Christmas in the UK? If you were born here, probably not! But for some of our international students, a British Christmas is a whole new experience. Ally Hirji, a BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student at Birmingham City University shares his memories.

Oh, who doesn’t love Christmas – with the sound of […]

1512, 2015

A Nigerian Christmas in the UK – Munachiso’s story

By |December 15th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on A Nigerian Christmas in the UK – Munachiso’s story

How do you mix your traditional family Christmas in Nigeria with friends in a brand new country? Munachiso Ogu-Jude, an international law student at Birmingham City University managed to do just that and is now looking forward to his fourth Christmas in the UK. He shares his experiences of adjusting to British festive celebrations.

I had […]

1012, 2015

Peanut butter, chicken and rice: Christmas lunch in Zimbabwe

By |December 10th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on Peanut butter, chicken and rice: Christmas lunch in Zimbabwe

Whether you eat turkey or goat for your Christmas dinner, the festive celebrations bring families together in countries all over the world. Rutendo Rushwaya, an MBA International Relations student, shares Christmas traditions from her home country Zimbabwe.

Our family tradition, which my father has advocated since I can remember, involves us travelling to our rural home, where […]