What our students say: health, social care and medical innovation

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BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

The course has met my expectations. I am also currently a manager for Cambridge and Peterborough NHS foundation trust so [I am studying] part-time [which] fits in well with my professional career. 

The course details are well evidenced and easy to follow. The tutors are all dedicated and have always helped and supported me through this course. They are knowledgeable about their chosen subjects and passionate about improving health care through continued education.


BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

The opportunities this course has offered have been outstanding. It is a very unusual course in that not only are you offered the opportunity to learn from experienced and very knowledgeable lecturers, but you also have the chance to try out that theory first hand.

The skills labs are such a great environment to learn clinical skills in a similar environment to that of a hospital, with all the same supplies but in a safe and supportive environment. It certainly helps to make that first day as a student nurse on placement a lot easier!

Whilst on placement I have been lucky to work alongside exceptional members of staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital, and in local community healthcare services, who are always willing to take the time to share their knowledge or skills

The staff within the University are fantastic. Whether it is a worry about nursing studies, placement or even your personal life, the support is beyond fantastic.

The libraries offer a great selection of resources and the staff are always more than happy to help. The library website has also been essential to all of my assignments and learning.

Despite the hard work involved, this course has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me grow personally and professionally. I can't wait to graduate and make the most of the opportunities it will allow for.

I have really enjoyed my time at Anglia Ruskin University.


BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science

I chose the course at Anglia Ruskin as it was voted one of the most successful places to study this course.

The course allows you to experience both the Cardiac & Vascular and Respiratory & Sleep disciplines in year 1, so that you can choose which area to specialise in during years 2 and 3. [It] is also combined with placements at certain hospitals to help you gain an insight into the working of the NHS and the future role of a healthcare scientist. It truly is a unique way of learning and allows you to develop as a person and as a practitioner.

The course so far has been both informative and interesting as it builds on knowledge that you have acquired from previous study, allowing you not to be intimidated. We have learned about certain aspects such as the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system in detail. It's not just the biological facts that are taught, but also how to be a successful practitioner, the structure and organisation of the NHS and, most importantly, communication skills. What this course does well is that it doesn't just teach you facts that are needed to pass exams or assignments, but also teaches you skills that can be used for the rest of your life.

I am looking forward to getting out on placements to use what I have learned at university in the real working world and see how my healthcare delivery has helped a patient for the better. I am also looking forward to specialising in my area of interest (Respiratory) and gaining a deeper understanding of the working of the human body and its responses to diseases and certain disorders.

The University itself has allowed us to create our own Healthcare Science Society, meaning we can have input into how the course is run. We also have the opportunity to invite guest speakers or arrange trips that fit our course.

I would highly recommend this course if you have an interest in people and science. If you want to see how your own healthcare delivery affects a patient's future, and if you want to follow a well-structured career ladder that helps you to reach your full potential.


FdSc Hearing Aid Audiology

Being a mature student I was naturally a little apprehensive about education as I hadn't really been exposed to any for the last 30 years. To my astonishment, I found many other students at Anglia Ruskin in exactly the same position as me. Undertaking a distance learning course fitted in ideally with my work and family commitments.

I find all the course lecturers and staff (especially the library staff) at Anglia Ruskin exceptionally helpful. When I am away from the campus I am only ever a phone call or email away from any support that I need. The facilities are superb - study, lecture, catering and leisure. Course administration, materials and equipment provided are of a very high standard. Cambridge itself is the perfect backdrop for education. The whole city seems to embrace the 'education culture' and has a unique blend of historic England with an international flavour.

Although I have a very demanding career and family life I find that by organising my activities better, I have more than enough time left to study. I would thoroughly recommend Anglia Ruskin University to anyone wishing to further their education.


BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies

I chose the BSc International Nursing Studies because Anglia Ruskin University have experienced and qualified lecturers who are friendly and cooperative. I really enjoyed choosing the topic of my final assignment and found it very easy to achieve my goals and increase my knowledge.


BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

I chose to study this branch of nursing as I knew I wanted a career where I could make a difference. Children's nursing is challenging but extremely rewarding and I always feel a sense of achievement.

My favourite part of this course is being out on practice placement where we are offered a wide range of experiences in both the community and in hospital. These placements are extremely rewarding and we are given the opportunity to expand our skills and knowledge with real life patients. Throughout my first year I gained experience working in the community with a health visitor, in the neonatal unit and on the general children's ward. I find it a great privilege to be allowed into these patients lives and I have learnt I an incredible amount in my first year alone.

Fifty percent of the course is spent in university where we take part in our theory sessions. I enjoy the wide variety of different and interesting topics involved in the curriculum and I find that all of this theory work relates to placement. I particularly enjoy the sessions within the skills labs where we are able to gain confidence in carrying out our skills on each other and on the manikins.

I always feel fully supported by my tutors and peers within my group as well as the mentors who support us whilst in practice.

My experience on this course so far has been extremely positive and has confirmed my desire to pursue a career in children's nursing. I still have two more years to complete but I am excited for the different learning opportunities I am yet to experience before I qualify.


BOptom (Hons) Optometry

As soon as I arrived at Anglia Ruskin at the undergraduate open day I knew it was the right university and course for me. [Cambridge] is a compact and friendly campus within easy reach of a beautiful city. And I was immediately convinced that I would receive remarkable tuition and support. So I started Anglia Ruskin University as an excited and passionate individual, eager at enrolling onto an optometry degree, but nervous about being away from home, meeting new people and facing the challenges of a tough course. I am now leaving Anglia Ruskin not only with a high-quality degree, but also with a wealth of technical skills and experiences to give me a solid foundation for my future career in optometry and life in general. And just as important, I have made some very close, lifelong friends!

I believe that I am leaving Anglia Ruskin as a professional, confident in my choice of career, skilled to move on to the practical aspects of my career in optometry and ready for the challenges ahead. The course has been taught in a very effective way, providing a good balance between lecture-based learning and practical experience in clinics from a very early stage. The learning time each week was intensive but not overwhelming. Each module is strategically planned to complement others and to gradually build skill, knowledge and practical awareness throughout each area of the discipline. Accompanying hospital placements add to the practical experience and strengthen theoretical learning. The lecturers and tutors have been extremely supportive, accessible and inspirational - treating me as an individual. I enjoyed being part of a close-knit year group who helped each other in both team and individual learning. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to become a teaching assistant in the department as this developed my interpersonal skills and knowledge further, whilst also benefitting other students.


BSc (Hons) Acute Care

As part of my continuing professional development and acute care degree I have undertaken modules in mentorship, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac rehab and the care of the acutely ill patient.

At the time, I was working on a cardiac ward so the modules benefitted my knowledge for the ward and allowed me to disseminate the knowledge I had learnt to my patients, as well as staff. An example of this is how the mentorship course helped me when working with students to understand that we all learn differently and how important it is to find out what style of learner a student is in order for me to teach them.

The cardiac rehab module really helped me with passing knowledge on to patients and gave me the skills to provide patients with health education. I would explain to them the benefits of lifestyle modification such as stopping smoking and the benefits of exercise. I often talk about the benefits of a low-fat, low-salt diet and how to adapt their cooking, such as using olive oil instead of lard and steaming food instead of frying it.

The last module I studied was care of the acutely Ill patient. This module really benefitted me for the acute area I now work in as it is post-operatively that patients decline. Early detection and understanding the importance of blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, urine output, blood gases and metabolic status can determine whether a patient lives or dies. I genuinely believe that this module should be undertaken by all nursing staff, particularly those who work in acute areas such as A&E, SAU, Kitty Hubbard/HDU and Post-Op. If we all did this course and applied what we had learnt on it readily, then we are in a better place to reduce ITU admissions.

Not only is Pam Page [the Course Leader] an excellent teacher but her commitment to helping students outside the classroom is also noticeable. I also must mention Julie Coleman (Education Liaison Manager, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) who has been central to helping me to be able to do both of the modules allowing me to get a degree. I can't thank them enough.


BSc (Hons) Public Health

I was attracted to the course at Anglia Ruskin because of the university's location and [because] my studies will help me in my current job by promoting health issues in homes and promoting dignity. As a public health specialist I will also be able to promote health issues in communities worldwide.

I have enjoyed most of the teaching on the course and have learnt a lot and found the lecturers interesting. I would rate all the facilities, resources, and the support offered by teaching and support staff as good and I was perfectly able to fit my studies around my outside commitments.

I would recommend this course to others because it met all my expectations. I have benefitted most from being able to practice my public speaking and present to classmates, my teachers and others. I also found the social work aspect of the course useful.


BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing

The course was practical and the labs and extra activities made it really interesting. I had the opportunity to develop my skills, learn to overcome difficulties and gain confidence in my abilities. At the beginning I found it difficult to adjust to a new life and to a new city, but Cambridge is beautiful and offers a variety of different things to do, and the staff helped me a lot in adjusting to university life. The course helped me to decide what to do next, and I registered for an MPhil in Optometry and Vision Sciences - also at Anglia Ruskin.


Dip HE Operating Department Practice

I was originally looking at doing a nursing course, but when I came to an open day I walked into the room set up like an operating theatre and heard about the ODP role. The course was all theatre-based which was what I was really after.

I love the practical aspects of the course: learning practical skills and then learning again how to adapt each skill for each patient depending on their needs. The mentors in the hospitals are so helpful and working in a team is great.

I have been surprised how much we are able to do in the hospital already and how much I've learned in such a short time. The assignments have been harder than I expected but classmates and mentors are a fantastic help.

The library resources both at the university and the hospital have been so helpful along with the online reference library. The Employment Bureau has helped me find a couple of days’ work most months which helps bring in a few extras pennies, too!

Being constantly in placement we get to see what the job really entails right from the start. We get into placement within the second week of starting the course.

I have loved being in anaesthetics helping calm patients before their operations and again in recovery after, but the best part for me so far has been scrubbing in for operations. I've scrubbed in for a few caesarian sections already and seeing the reactions of the patients as well as the skill of surgeons was amazing.

I plan to qualify in a little under two years as an ODP and to go straight into employment, hopefully in my placement hospital.


BSc (Hons) Midwifery

I have wanted to become a midwife for many years, I chose the BSc (Hons) Midwifery at Anglia Ruskin University because I liked the structure of the course, the modules we would be undertaking and the staff who would be teaching it.

I have loved studying at Anglia Ruskin so far. I am learning the skills that I will need to begin a lifelong career in midwifery. I have also enjoyed the adult learning experience at Anglia Ruskin; the relationships that you build with the lecturers and other members of staff throughout the university; the general sense of you being in control of your own learning and the feeling that your input and opinion matters. The course also enables you to become qualified in the UNICEF BFI training, which is another great qualification to have alongside your degree.

The skills labs… have got electric delivery beds, venepuncture/cannulation and abdominal palpation models, a resuscitare and many other great pieces of equipment that we can use to practice skills and drills on to help build our confidence and competency before we have to carry it out in the real world.

I think the teaching and support staff at Chelmsford are fantastic. The midwifery lecturers are busy people but they are always willing to help you with any questions or problems, and if they don't know the answer then they know someone who does. The student support services are also an invaluable service. I haven't actually met a person at the university who wasn't willing to help.

I would recommend my course to other people who wish to become a midwife because it is a well-structured and organised course that encourages you to be an independent learner.