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Student Radio AwardsI made it onto BCU’s radio wall of fame… after all the blood sweat and tears haha (so many tears!!)

This was a recent post over on my instagram, many thanks to all at the Student Radio Association, Birmingham City University (The School of Media), BCUSU and of course all whom contributed to the documentary.

11119635_10152952328273985_6697419100253792934_nEngaged Student of the Year (Runner Up)

I am very pleased to say that on Wednesday I was awarded by Birmingham City University and BCUSU (Students’ Union) with an Extra Mile Award in the ‘Engaged Student of the Year Category.’ I love Birmingham City University, I really do, the University has helped shaped me in so many ways, allowing me to grow both personally and professionally. I was commended for my work in different departments across the University and further afield, including my work at the House of Lords with UK Youth. I didn’t get a chance to say any thank-yous (I was first up and I didn’t want to ramble haha!) However, I am incredibly grateful and honoured to work with the people that I do across the University, and I cannot express how thankful I am for those who have supported me throughout my time at the University:

  • The Birmingham School of Media – aka: my home. I love all the staff and students within the school – they are an ace bunch, who put up with me on a daily basis and allow me to be myself! They challenge me and push me to work my hardest and they are there to offer me support whenever I need it. My work with the school as a representative is so much fun, and fulfilling thanks to the ace students that I get to work with 🙂
  • BCUSU – you guys are a sassy, awesome bunch, and you always entertain me and help me out!
  • Marketing and Communications – I’ve worked within BCU’s marketing department for almost two years now, firstly with the Alumni Association, then the Faculty of Health and now with the Creative Services Unit, and you are all so lovely! I am very lucky to work within such an inspiring, and hard-working team, you’ve taught me a lot and offered me some awesome opportunities to work on great projects!
  • The Outreach Team (Education Liaison) – I had a blast when I worked with you guys and I’m sad that I no longer can (due to my inability to be in multiple places at once haha!) But I do love gatecrashing your events and seeing how hard you all work! You guys were the first team I worked with within the University and I had so much fun that I decided to dip my toes further into the institution. The school visits will always be one of the coolest jobs I’ve been able to do, so thanks! 😀
  • The Arts, Design and Media Faculty – I’ve only really started working with you all since September, but I’m having a blast working on the student experience, learning and teaching team as well as the other projects you’ve roped me into! You’re all so lovely (and hilarious) and you can make even the fanciest of meetings welcoming and fun – I really look forward to all our meetings! (Especially the ones in the Deanery as there’s fancy food there, ooh la la.)
  • Admissions and the Academic Registry – It’s been over a year and a half since I’ve worked with y’all now but you still hunt me down when there’s events on, and you still invite me over during AVD’s and Open Days – you guys are definitely the sassiest, loveliest, funniest group of people and I miss working with you all!
  • CELT – there’s a lot of you in CELT! (And now you’ve coerced one of the media team over to the darkside, and I shall never forgive you!) But thank-you for your endless emails, and you awesome positive attitudes every time I communicate with the team!
  • Student Services – An ace, incredible, awesome, wonderful, happy, lovely team of people! I’ve worked with you all in multiple ways as well as utilizing you for support! The support I have received from Students Services has been incredible, there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude towards the health and wellbeing team. Without the support from the incredible staff members within student services I would certainly not have been able to function.

This post has turned into a very cheesy acceptance speech kinda thing – but I’m okay with that, I am very grateful! I am incredibly lucky to have such an awesome support network within across the University, and I am so fortunate to work in such a lovely, welcoming, exciting environment. BCU you’re ace.

Also, ten points to the team at the Birmingham School of Media for winning multiple other awards! 🙂 eee

September 2011 was the start of a crazy, new life challenge for me. I started at Birmingham City University, which meant moving from Essex to Birmingham and essentially starting from scratch (new students will agree here!) Though this post isn’t about university life, I just wanted to touch upon my thoughts about Birmingham. I’ve recently finished university and moved back to Essex, and it’s a very bittersweet feeling – Birmingham has been incredible, but it’s time for my next adventure! (Cheesy.)


Growing up in Essex, surrounded by the sea and a lot of birds, meant moving to Birmingham was a big change, though it took me a while to realise it. Despite moving to Birmingham to study at University I have never felt more at home in a city. Now I’ve moved away from Birmingham I regret all the times I was negative about Brum – I didn’t hate Birmingham, it was an entirely new culture and it took me a while to love the city.

To me Birmingham is quirky, yet sophisticated – and everything’s within walking distance (this is great for students.) I think one factor that establishes Birmingham as one of my favourite places is the people. Birmingham is quite large – though it’s easy to forget at times that it is a city – it’s not until you visit New Street or the Bullring on a Saturday that you quite realise the vast numbers of people that visit. With the highly notable, and memorable, ‘Bull’ acting as a tourism hub, Birmingham has certainly done a superb job at looking after me for the past three years. I’m sad to leave.


Undoubtedly, due to the numerous universities and colleges, there are thousands of students within Birmingham, however it doesn’t feel like it. Yes, there are areas that are student dominated, but what I find really lovely about Birmingham, is that it’s so diverse, and there’s so many people that it doesn’t feel specifically ‘student-oriented much like other places I’ve visited.

Within Birmingham there are many lovely places, occasions and events, and I’ve highlighted a few within this post:

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

Christmas is a special time in Birmingham, with the city playing host to the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country. Birmingham welcomes thousands of visitors – daily – to a market packed with music, food, beer, Christmas stalls and more. The first year I visited the market I was pleasantly surprised – and much to my delight each year I returned the atmosphere stayed festive and the market appeared to increase in size. Even if you don’t want to live in Birmingham – the Christmas Market is well worth a visit.


Despite living and growing in Birmingham for three years I’m ashamed to say that I only really discovered Digbeth in my third year of living in the City. Digbeth is so cool. I first visited Digbeth to work at a studio, and then I returned to work with a local recording studio and was captivated by all the cool buildings, and creative things located around. I started attending gigs in Digbeth – I even experienced my first Jazz gig in a small pub located somewhere in the streets of Digbeth. Now that I’ve moved back to Essex I wish I could’ve brought Digbeth with me…

Edgbaston Reservoir

Throughout my three years in this city I lived in three different areas, in my third year I was very fortunate to live near Edgbaston Reservoir. The reservoir is lovely – in all kinds of crazy weather – though I became very fond of visiting on sunny days, I love water and scenic views – and the reservoir certainly has loads of both. As cheesy as this sounds I found the reservoir a great place to clear my mind. Also, it’s a great place to watch ducks, swans, etc.

Another really cool thing about this lovely place is the water sports. Every Tuesday and Sunday my friends and I were very lucky to be able to go rowing or canoeing on the reservoir for free – this made me very happy!


I’m going to end here, but I don’t feel like this post is finished. Birmingham is really a lovely place, and I shall revisit this subject in future posts (without a doubt – as Birmingham has had such a huge impact on my life.)