Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bring a Brighter Future into Focus; Are You Still Looking for a Place through Clearing? A Career in a Hospital Laboratory Helping to Diagnose Disease Could Be Waiting for a Graduate from the University of Bedfordshire Biomedical Science BSc Course, Writes Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bring a Brighter Future into Focus; Are You Still Looking for a Place through Clearing? A Career in a Hospital Laboratory Helping to Diagnose Disease Could Be Waiting for a Graduate from the University of Bedfordshire Biomedical Science BSc Course, Writes Niki Chesworth

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Byline: writes Niki Chesworth

"IF YOU really love life sciences you can gain great in-depth knowledge and experience," says Viktoriya Boncheva, a biomedical science undergraduate at the University of Bedfordshire.

"This course is fantastic, fascinating and challenging, and the staff are all excellent. They are amazing academics and always ready to help. I feel confident that my degree will help me find employment when I leave.

"The huge variety and number of laboratory practicals, the interactive seminars, the talks and the detailed lectures made me feel very confident of my skills and knowledge."

Boncheva is not alone in praising the biomedical science course -- it was recently awarded a 93 per cent student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, and run at the university's Luton campus in the Department of Life Sciences, the course provides a sound base in the theoretical and practical laboratory sciences used to aid the diagnosis of, or investigate human diseases.

The department also offers BSC courses in biological science, biochemistry, forensic science, and animal science (stage 3 only). The department's extensive modern facilities foster an environment where ideas and research collaborations can thrive.

Raimona Peters, a biomedical science graduate, says: "The best thing about this course is being taught by tutors who are doing their own research and have achieved some really great things. I really enjoy the lab experiments because we get to observe and use a wide range of equipment."

Academics in the department are carrying out research with real social impact, including investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying asthma, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

WHY CHOOSE BEDFORDSHIRE? The university, which has courses in a range of subjects including art & design, computer science, law and social sciences, has made enhancing the students' experience its top priority. It's a policy which has seen students rate Bedfordshire as a top 10 ranking university in the country for improving the student experience in the recent National Student Survey. …

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