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Alykhan Kassam

MPharm Pharmacy 4-years continuous, 2016

Alykhan Kassam

I was instantly drawn to the Pharmacy course at the University of Bradford, and not just because of its excellent employment prospects. I was drawn to the new, innovative Team-Based Learning (TBL) curriculum which is very practice orientated from the start.

The TBL curriculum ensures that you revisit and build on your knowledge each year. Working in teams throughout the year means that it is very easy to make friends early on and there is always someone to help and support you along the way!

Bradford itself is a great city for students. There is something for everyone and the relatively small campus allows students to get to know others from different courses easily. During my Applicant Visit Day, I was amazed at how easy it was to get around campus and I was particularly impressed with the facilities at Bradford School of Pharmacy. There is a dedicated TBL room, in addition to a mock pharmacy and a Clinical Skills Suite which reflect the practice of pharmacy.

The pastoral support here at Bradford is outstanding. There is always support available either from the academics or from the Union. The lecturers at the School of Pharmacy are always smiling and willing to assist students wherever possible. Many of the lecturers continue to practice pharmacy alongside working at the University, so they are able to utilise their experiences during discussions which really helps to aid learning.

There are countless opportunities available at Bradford. During my time here, I have served as a Faculty Representative for the Faculty of Life Sciences and as a University Senator. I was also fortunate enough to intern with the Student Experience and Success Team at the University. I have been a Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) leader – a brilliant scheme which involves facilitating sessions with first year students. I have made excellent links with various pharmacy bodies including the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association (BPSA) through my role as an International Representative. I was a Student Champion for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and I was a finalist for the RPS Student of the Year Award. My involvement in student experience and academic experience at Bradford led to my appointment to the Student Advisory Board for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) – a national body which monitors standards in Higher Education.

Additionally, the Students' Union here at Bradford offers a whole host of opportunity from sports and societies, to volunteering and fundraising. There is a dedicated pharmacy society - the Bradford Association of Pharmacy Students (BAPS). This society is a great way to integrate and interact with pharmacy students across all years and there are regular socials, so plenty of chances to meet others. I was elected to Union Council and I have served as the Communications Officer for the Societies Federation – getting involved and making the most of each opportunity whilst at Bradford will really make you stand out to future employers and not only because you will be graduating from such a wonderful School of Pharmacy!

After completing my degree here at Bradford, I hope to commence my pre-registration training in a community pharmacy. The thought of postgraduate study really appeals to me, and if I do decide to pursue this, then I will be sure to return to Bradford.