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Student profiles and blogs

Want to know what it is really like to study on a health care degree at City? Our team of student bloggers are here to tell you all about their experiences, from delivering babies to where is the best place near campus to get a coffee and a croissant. Their blogs and vlogs are all written by them and will give you an honest account of the ups and downs of life as a student, on placements and the social side of City.


Andrew Geris

Course: BSc Optometry, 2nd year

Where I am from: Toronto Canada

I live…: Wood Green, north London

Favourite thing about City: Is its location. This is my first time living away from home and in London so I am quickly having to learn my way around and how to use the tube map, but I am getting there!

A fact about me: I love basketball. I enjoy watching NBA games as well as playing the sport. Next to my home here in London is an outdoor basketball court, I think that was the only reason I picked the house!. And of course, my favourite team is the Toronto Raptors.

Read my blog and follow my experiences as a first year optometry student

Charlotte Bird

Course: BSc Midwifery, 3rd year

I am from: I am originally from Leeds

I live…: I’m currently living Harringay in North London

Favourite thing about City: The best thing about City is the location, right in the centre of London

A fact about me: So far in my midwifery career, I have delivered 8 babies and seen 14 c-sections

Read my blog and find out what it’s like to study midwifery at City

Samantha Mather

Course: BSc Child Nursing, 3rd year

Where are you from: Bristol

I live…: When I’m at uni I live in Dalston, and when I go home my parents live in Cornwall

Favourite thing about City: My hockey team!!

A fact about me: I have a dog called Timo who goes mental when I go home.

Read my blog and find out what it’s like to study nursing at City

Sophie Carmichael

Course: BSc Speech and Language Therapy, 3rd year

Where are you from: London (yes, I’m ACTUALLY a Londoner), but moved away for my first degree to study in Exeter, and have also lived in Cape Town and Vancouver.

I live…: I live in a shared house in Tooting with three housemates who aren’t students. As per above, I lived in halls when I went to uni for the first time, and it was great. I’m soon going to be moving into my own flat (as in, apparently I own it…) and I’ll have two roommates there.

Favourite thing about City: The number of different work opportunities that there are, both at and near to the University (you’ll hear a bit more about the jobs I do to support myself in my posts). I also love that we’re taught by experts here, people who work in the field you’re training for, so the content of our course feels relevant and applicable to our future careers.

A fact about me: I worked as a penguin rehabilitator. This is not a fib!

Read my blog and follow my journey to be a speech and language therapist

Recent graduates

Alex Spedding

Course: a graduate of BSc Child Nursing

I am from: Nottingham but currently living in London

I live…: In student accommodation (halls). I’ve lived in the same one for the whole three years of my degree!

Favourite thing about City: The friendly atmosphere. As soon as I came to an open day to look around, everyone was so friendly and I felt right at home.

A fact about me: I lived in Scotland for 5 years but I can’t do a Scottish accent to save my life!

Read my blog and find out more about my experiences as a trainee child nurse

Raymond Leemoon

Course: a graduate of BSc Mental Health Nursing

Where are you from: South London

I live…: You guessed it, in south London

Favourite thing about City: The best thing about being a student at City is the Universities central location. It is great for all aspects of my course and placements and is right in the centre of London.

A fact about me: I am what’s known as a “mature student”, i.e. I got it wrong the first time round and am giving this “learning thing” another go.  I’m supported by a long-suffering “better-half” and daughter who I live with when I’m not doing a shift in the hospital or hunting that elusive article down in the library (not!).

Read my blog and find out more about my experiences whilst becoming a mental health

Olivia Tompkins

Course: a graduate of BSc Adult Nursing

I am from: I’m a country bumpkin from Devon, living the big city life in London, as my dad would say!

I live…: I lived in private halls for my first year but in year two/ three my boyfriend and I have rented a flat located twenty minutes north of university and twenty minutes south of my placement, perfect!

Favourite thing about City: One of things I love about City is that it offers you so many opportunities. I’ve been involved in setting up City’s first nursing society, and I’m currently the adult nursing advocate for this group. I was also the City netball team captain. Being involved in these groups has helped me to enjoy the perks of student life, as completing an adult nursing degree can at times feel intense and segregated from normal university life.

A fact about me: In my second year I took the opportunity of completing my elective placement abroad and travelled to Uganda for two weeks. This experience influenced me greatly and shaped me as a person and taught me long-lasting life skills which I will apply to my future career.

Read my blog and find out more about my experiences whilst becoming a adult nursing student.

Clare Charlton

Course: a graduate of Radiotherapy & Oncology

Where I am from: Originally from Northern Ireland but have been living in London for 12 years

I live…: - I live in a share house in West London that I already lived in when I came to City. I live with a bunch of Kiwis and Aussies, its awesome!

Favourite thing about City: Being at a Central London Uni makes it possible to travel in from all parts of London so you aren't restricted on where you live and specifically for my course the placement sites are great and they are all quite close to university. Being in London is an awesome experience in itself with nightlife, culture, history all on your doorstep, what more could you want?!

A fact about me: I am a mature student and have had a couple of career changes through my 20s, before studying Radiotherapy. I was a European tour guide so got paid to travel around Europe and prior to that I studied Sports Rehab.

Read my blog and follow my experiences as a radiography student