Martins Yusuffu

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Blood Sciences)

  • From Nigeria but grew up in Italy before coming to the UK to study
  • Member of the Biomedical and Healthcare Science Society
  • Treasurer for Alpha - the Christian Society
  • Has ambitions to do a MSc Physicians Associate degree at Bradford
Photo of Martins on campus

Why did you decide to study at the University of Bradford?

I chose Bradford because the course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The way the course is structured also appealed to me – it's a mixture of placement and academic study.

Being on placement has been the best part of the course for me, it gives you the opportunity to get really involved in laboratory training.

Tell me more about your placements

The placements have been part of my course at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. In the first year I found out which aspects of the Pathology labs I was most interested in. Then in the second year I got more involved – I carried out tests and got involved in the calibration and maintenance of the equipment.

How have the facilities helped your learning?

The library was my best friend! The fact that it is open 24 hours helped me a lot, as I could study until the early hours when I needed to. The library has given me the opportunity to use some books which I never thought would be so useful, such as the IBMS-recognised books.  

The labs in Richmond Building were very useful in the first and second year, which were more microbiology-based. It gave me the opportunity to use equipment that you would find in industry.

How have the facilities helped your learning?

Are you involved in any clubs or societies? 

I have been involved in the Global Cafe, a member of the Biomedical and Healthcare Science Society and I was treasurer for Alpha - the Christian Society.

I like the societies the Students' Union offer, there's a society for everything!

Do you think the societies helped you settle in and make friends? 

I don't think I would've settled so well if I hadn't joined these societies. I would advise any student, no matter how nervous they are or how much they have to study, to get involved in at least one society.

It only takes a few hours once or twice a week, and at most of them there's free food!

I've gained experience of getting to know people from diverse cultures, which will help me to interact with people from different backgrounds.

What are your plans after graduation?

I have secured a role as a Biomedical Scientist in Pathology at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester and I plan to start my MSc Physician Associate Studies here in September. 

Working in the Pathology department involves caring for the patient indirectly and making sure they get the right result. Everything you do is for the patient which is very rewarding.

What are your plans after graduation?