Name and course:
Alexander Bamford, BEng Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineer and PhD student, Aston Eye Tech.
Why did you choose to study at Aston?
Aston University was one of the first Universities to offer Biomedical Engineering, a course that I was keen on taking. Aston also gains from being a campus University creating a tight-knit community while also being in the centre of Birmingham giving access to the whole city.
Biomedical Engineering at Aston University is linked with the Birmingham Children's Hospital so my final year project was linked with one of the hospital's projects. Working on a project that will really make a difference to children's lives was really incredible and was an amazing experience.
How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?
The tutors and lecturers at Aston really want the students to learn and enjoy, and not just to pass, their degree. Access to further learning was always encouraged and the tutoring of the projects allowed the students to try to apply their knowledge in a way that they would when working in the industry.
I was the president and co-founder of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Access to the society really helped in connecting with other students on the same course to give each other help and guidance. I was also part of the Stags football society which was a good escape from the work at University and let me find friends from different courses.
What was the highlight of your placement experience?
Working on a placement at AAN Medical really opened my eyes to how things work in the industry and offered me valuable insight to how to apply the knowledge that I had learnt in lectures. The placement gave me skills and knowledge of how to work in a professional manner and how the Biomedical Engineering industry works. During the placement I worked on my own project so I saw the whole process of the research and design of medical devices. The placement also allowed me to start contacting companies in the Biomedical Engineering creating links and gaining contacts, one of which is the company I will be working for.
How did you find the Aston campus experience?
Aston campus is the best of both worlds, being both a small campus and in the city centre. Access to the city allows students to benefit from being close to shops and clubs, while being a campus creates a safe tight-knit community with the staff and students.
What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham?
Birmingham is a great student city with lots of students from lots of different Universities to meet. It also has a great nightlife and shopping centre.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston?
Get involved with as many societies as you can to augment your studies so that you can integrate yourself into the University community.
What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham?
Broad Street for a night out, Brindley Place for a beautiful relaxing day and Ikon gallery for some contemporary art.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be?
Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng course page.