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Biomedical Sciences Academic Families

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“We hope the scheme allows first year students to feel more supported by the School of Biomedical Sciences, as well as giving them the opportunity to meet people on their course and ask questions to students who’ve got experience of what they’re going through.” - Roisin Ryan, 2015 committee member.

What we do

The SBMS Academic family scheme is tailored to cover the concerns of the first year student body. Each individual family has around 10 students and is led by two trained volunteers from later year groups. In 2015 we have 23 families and 46 leaders. The student attendees propose the themes of each meeting, and there is always time to ask questions.


You can find advice on issues as varied as:


  • Course selection
  • Transition to university
  • Settling in to halls
  • Finding part-time employment
  • Balancing your studies and social life
  • Finding the best places to go out
  • Using MyEd and Learn
  • And more!

Where and When?

We meet 2-3 times each semester, with occasional add-on sessions. The meeting times and places are chosen by each individual group, to fit easily around the students' studies and in a relaxed setting.


Semester 1:
Week 1: Introduction to Uni + Direct Entry Students Add-on Session
Week 2: Mature/Gap Year Students Add-on Session
Week 3: International Students Add-on Session
Week 5/6: Settled in? Time management
Week 8/9/10:Coping with stress and exam revision
Week 11:End-of-Semester Party


Semester 2:
Week 3/4: Review of semester 1. making the most of university.
Week 7/8: Course choices? Looking ahead
Week 11:Pizza Party


Contact us to find out more.






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