Why I love BU

As I write this, I’ve been at BU for almost eight months and am about to get started on my Master’s project. I can hardly believe the time has gone so fast, and I think the fact that I’m enjoying life here so much has a lot to do with it. I feel so fortunate… Read more »

Beautiful Barcelona!

To make the most of my time in Europe, after my internship in Malta, I flew to Spain and continued my studies as an Erasmus student in Universitat Autòmona de Barcelona (UAB). UAB is the best university in Spain, according to The World University Rankings 2015-2016. In Europe, UAB ranks the top 100. And it… Read more »

From a PhD at BU to a life in Australia

When my former PhD supervisor, Professor Mark Brisbane, asked me to write a blog, I wasn’t convinced anyone would be particularly interested. But when I think about it, my pathway to my current job working in Australia is maybe helpful in thinking about alternative careers for those wonderful degrees you all will (or do already)… Read more »

Re-adapting to a student budget

This may not be the case for many prospective students, but for anyone undertaking postgrad studies before September 2016, there are no government loans or maintenance funding. This means for most of us the year is a serious investment. As well as eye watering tuition fees and accommodation costs, the day to day cost of… Read more »

Music in the veins

The music opportunities at BU are vast. There are chances to be part of operas, musicals and many concerts throughout the year. The application process is not too strenuous, as you need to write about yourself and the music experiences you’ve had in the past. Having a lot of experience as well as music grades… Read more »

How international students can find a job after graduation

For international students, language barriers and visa restraints make it more difficult to land a job in the UK, but it’s not impossible. I am applying for jobs after graduation and in this blog I just want to share some of my job search experiences. Enhancing my communication skills The ability to speak English fluently… Read more »

Introducing Global BUddies

As you may already know, Global BUddies is a programme led by the Student Services department of Bournemouth University and by students. It aims to increase integration between UK students and international students, but it’s also a great way to share culture, make friends and gain an extensive knowledge about other nationalities – something future… Read more »

The mature fresher

“Freshers’ week,” a phrase synonymous with excessive drinking and partying; the supposed rite of passage for university newcomers traditionally involving a heady mix of alcohol, peer pressure, marker pen, and the desperate need to make life-long friends as quickly as possible. I certainly lived up to this freshers’ week cliché way back in the mists… Read more »

Life after graduation: My internship in Malta

When my course finished last April, it was time to start a new life in Europe. It was a tough time in May, because hunting for a job as an inexperienced international student is not easy at all. I have been a student for more than ten years and barely have any work experience. I… Read more »

Making the most of your studies at BU

BU is a great university that offers all sorts of ways to support and enhance your studying experience.  Here are my top tips on optimising your study experience: 1. Find your preferred study environment Where you work can have a big impact on your productivity.  Do you work best at home, at uni, or perhaps… Read more »