Life at UCB through the eyes of our student bloggers

Meet the UCBloggers

Our current bloggers…

Jade Bird

Business Enterprise

Hi! My name is Jade and I am a Business Enterprise student at UCB. And yes, I am one of those rare human beings that absolutely love being at university. I truly believe that my choice of university has allowed me to have such a good uni experience. Of course there are tough times with deadlines etc., but for the most part I am thoroughly enjoying my experience. This blog will give you an insight into my life during university, and hopefully give you some advice to make your university experience the best it possibly can be.

Ellie Smith

Bakery and Patisserie Technology

Hi everyone, my name is Ellie Smith and I am a final year student at UCB studying BSc (Hons) Bakery and Patisserie Technology. I am from a little village in Hertfordshire called Redbourn, and live in Birmingham during term time. I was first introduced to baking when my mum would let me help her in the kitchen when I was very young and have grown up baking at home. I took Food Technology at both GCSE and A-level and when it came time to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I decided to pursue what I loved – which is how I ended up at UCB.

I could have taken a more academic route (English Literature was my other favourite subject), as I did enjoy school and was a bright student but chose to be cheesy and follow my heart. I chose UCB because I loved the variety the course provided. We have practical lectures in both the bakery and science labs and get to do other theory modules like nutrition, business, food science and technology. UCB also has great links with the industry and lecturers with many years of experience.

Outside of uni I am an avid reader; Harry Potter is my favourite series of all time. I also enjoy going to the theatre, particularly musical theatre as well as spending as much time as possible with my family and friends.

Jessica Watt

Events Management

I’m Jessica Watt, I am a 19 year old student studying BA (Hons) Events Management. I am from a village called Portchester, which is in Portsmouth and is right on the coast.  With the sea only four doors down and a beautiful castle just a minute’s walk away, you could say I am somewhat of an outdoor girl. My favourite thing to do is hanging out with friends, which includes going to the beach, watching movies and of course shopping; I am a bit of shopaholic!

My all-time favourite movie is Bride Wars and has been for a few years now. I was after falling in love with this movie that I also fell for the idea of weddings and the planning that goes into them.  After becoming a Saturday girl for a wedding company when I was 16, I knew this was what I wanted to do.  Then I discovered UCB and the Events Management course. Since moving to the city and starting my studies at UCB I have never looked back.  I have loved every second of uni life and can’t wait to see where the next few years take me.

Rebecca Bourne

Professional Cookery Level 3

Hellooo UCB, I’m Becky and I’m one of the new UCBloggers! Just to state a few things about myself to begin with…

I am a 17 year old living in Walsall, which is fantastic because I’m only a 20 minute train ride from the second largest city! You will always find me in the centre of Birmingham as there is so much to do, see and get involved in. I have actually only been at UCB a year, so believe me, I know what it feels like to be a newbie. I am also the youngest UCBlogger and the only one still studying on a college course, which is a challenge I cannot wait to rise to as well as maybe learning some more from the undergraduates I will be working alongside.

I am studying Professional Cookery Level 3 and I am so excited to build upon the skills I’ve learnt in my first year in the next academic year. I am obsessed with cooking (hence the career choice) and my favourite things to make include Caribbean food with my nan, anything with potatoes (because c’mon they are the best) or anything Christmas-themed from November to January because that’s when all the best food is, and the approximate length of time I celebrate Christmas! However, if you don’t find me in the kitchen you’ll probably find me shopping, in a restaurant, watching a movie or on the netball court. Overall, I’m just a generally enthusiastic, loud and troublesome teenager who will be sharing some hopefully (fingers crossed) useful tips and insights into life as a teenager and student at UCB in the city of Birmingham.

I am very excited about the year of blogging to come!

Our past bloggers…

Luke Axten

Digital Marketing

Hi, I’m Luke.

I have recently finished my third year of university at UCB, gaining a first class honours in Digital Marketing which is probably my greatest achievement to date. I was previously awarded with a foundation degree in Business Management at another university. I enjoyed my year at UCB so much that i’ve decided to stay a little longer.

I was presented with the opportunity to intern whilst completing a masters degree in Enterprise Management at the University so naturally I decided to stay and i’m sat here blogging about my experiences. I hope you find the blog interesting and valuable at the same time.

Helina Turbel

 Marketing with Events Management

I’m a 21-year-old student from a beautiful sea side town in Estonia, studying Marketing with Events Management at University College Birmingham (and loving it)! I am here to share my thoughts, experiences and much more of being an international student at UCB. I am very excited to be a UCBlogger and hopefully you will enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

Studying in England has always been a dream of mine and I cannot tell you how happy I am that it’s now a reality. I went to a grammar school where I studied 6 different languages:Estonian, Spanish, French, German, Latin and English. That is where my love of different cultures and languages started – English being my favourite. I decided to travel and visit countries like Ireland, Turkey, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland and Sweden. My goal is to travel the world!

Debby McAllister

International Tourism Business Management

I’m Debby, a 25 year old student at University College Birmingham, studying the subject I love most in the world – International Tourism Business Management. I’m excited to be part of the UCBloggers team, where each week I will be sharing my thoughts, tips and advice about all things UCB, my tourism degree and of course lots of travel fuelled posts to ignite your own wanderlust! Not forgetting enjoying student life here in Birmingham.

My favourite thing to do in the world is to travel. There is nothing I love more than exploring new places, seeing the sights and meeting people from lots of different cultures. I have a huge passion for animals and marine life – my favourites are orca whales, great white sharks, donkeys and elephants! Aside from travelling I love active sports such as cycling, indoor rock climbing and when I can, surfing. I’m never far from a cup of tea or my camera but probably not at the same time, since I’m quite clumsy.

Emilia Loraine

Specialist Hair & Media Make-up

I’m Emilia, I am 20 years old and I study Specialist Hair & Media Makeup BA Hons at University College Birmingham. However, I am originally from a small town in Yorkshire called, Huddersfield. Yorkshire is my favourite place in the world and it broke my heart to move away  on the other hand, every cloud has a silver lining and moving away made me appreciate my home more. Birmingham is a really cool place to live, completely different to what I am used to but its has enabled me to explore and create a little home away from home. I am a creative person and I love art and makeup that passion is what pushed me out of my comforts and into student life in Birmingham.

In my spare time I like to keep up with YouTube videos, specifically makeup and fashion videos, and watching Netflix. I also love Beyoncé so I listen to her music most days usually when I go to the gym or when I’m cleaning, I am a neat freak! And if I’m not doing any of those things you can usually find me drinking a cup of Yorkshire tea and eating a bag of cookies, any brand will do!