Fangfei Liu, Sichuan, China
Prior to studying at Swansea University Fangfei Liu was a Paediatric Nurse at West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University. We caught up with Fangfei to find out about her studying experience at Swansea University...
What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?
I worked as a paediatric nurse for one year in the West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University (WCSUH-SCU).
Why did you choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Swansea University?
I chose to study in Swansea University because I wanted to gain more knowledge and clinical experience to enhance my capability in the medical field. Furthermore, I wish to broaden up my horizons and career opportunities whilst experiencing different cultures and lifestyles in the United Kingdom.
Can you tell us about your course?
This course is a professional medical course which specifies on chronic conditions management (CCM). In addition, this course also offers fundamental principles of CCM and wide range of theoretical information and clinical training to help health professionals provide better support and care to patients. Last but not least, it also covers other related subjects such as health promotion, psychology and social aspects.
What part of the course do/did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed the module of Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management the most. Although there was a large amount of terminology, which was challenging for a non-English spoken student, I still enjoyed it.
What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?
I think it is the wonderful experience of travelling in the Gower Peninsula. Every time I submit an essay, I go to a different bay or beach on the peninsula with my friends. The warm sunshine, fresh air, blue sea and sky, everything gorgeous in nature makes me feel relaxed.
What specific support or facilities have you found particularly useful as an international student?
I would like to say that the ASP courses are very useful, such as grammar, writing, and 1-2-1 appointment.
How will your qualification help your career? Has it already helped your career?
My knowledge and skills on chronic conditions management are enhanced, which will be helpful for me to assess and manage children’s chronic diseases in my future work.
Would you recommend Swansea University to other international students?
Yes. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and supportive, and the staff who offer library services, visa services, and other study support services are very friendly and patient as well. Besides, I do like the location of the campus, which is close to both the city centre and the beach.