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Getting to know Coventry & beyond

Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

I recently realised that I’ve already spent more than 6 months at WMG studying for my master’s degree. With this realisation came another one: I had lived in Coventry for over 6 months and I still barely knew anywhere. The only places I have needed to go to are: Uni, my accommodation, grocery stores, drugstores (like I said, I do need to go to these places). To be fair, I can attribute this to the cold weather and how I don’t enjoy moving around in the cold, but the weather has been fairly good in recent times. So, I thought it would be nice to start checking out places around town.

Coventry 1One of the places I checked out is the Coventry Transport Museum in the centre of Coventry town. It is said to be home to the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world. I quite enjoyed the fact that it takes one through a journey in time and shows the evolution of vehicles through the years. It includes displays of the first-generation bicycles, cars and even sewing machines. If you like cars, you should definitely check this museum out. There are also a number of activities for children, but anybody can really partake.

I also went to a restaurant called “The Botanist” in the city centre with some of my friends. The décor in this restaurant probably explains the name. There are lots of plants, in pots hanging around the space and it provides an amazing ambience. We had a few drinks there at the end of a module and it was a really nice calming place to go after the hectic week we had. It also helped that the staff were polite and super helpful.


Another place I visited, although outside Coventry, is the Natural History Museum in London. Here, there is a display of more than 100 (gross underestimation) species of animals that have existed (some of them, now extinct). Some of the animals were built to simulate motion and I’m embarrassed to say I was a tad creeped out by some. It was a lot of fun though. It’s a place where one can easily spend an entire day because there is a lot to see.

In addition, I visited Leamington Spa with some of my friends and I was incredibly glad I went because it is such a beautiful, calm town. Many students from University of Warwick actually live in Leamington Spa but I live in Coventry and I hadn’t visited before then. I was genuinely impressed by how pretty most of the town was. Birmingham is also very close by and I have visited a number of times. It is a little like the livelier, always on-the-move sibling of Coventry.

I have plans to find new places to visit and let you know how that goes soon; as soon as I finish all the work I’ve got at hand.

Thank you for reading this. Talk to you soon!

P.S: Photographs were taken by my friends Michelle and Michelle.

WMG events: a chance to unwind

Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

Hello and Happy New Year! I wrote this blog post before the Christmas break, and wanted to share the run up to Christmas with you...

Over here in MSc life, I had lots of to do in the run up to Christmas, including Post Module Assessments (PMAs), as well as my project research work. It seems that the work really begins to pick up towards the end of the year. On the bright side, even though the work is becoming more tasking, WMG definitely does a lot to take the stress off. There have been a series of events organized by the department to hep students wind down and relieve some of the stress going on around this time. I did not attend all of them, but I did attend some.

damilola_image3For starters, there was a dinner organized for scholarship winners. The dinner was a celebratory dinner for all students in the department who are studying on a scholarship. I am a WMG scholarship recipient. Many other people in attendance also received the same scholarship. Apart from the WMG scholarship, there were recipients of many other scholarships including Chevening, Commonwealth, Women in Engineering and many others in attendance. Although this happened last month, it was a nice opportunity to relax and meet new people from the department. Also, the food was amazing. The event was organised by the WMG recruitment team and it was definitely a blast. If you’re planning to join WMG in the next session, please make sure to check out some of the scholarship options.

Another event I attended was a Research Methods movie night. This event was not specifically organized for the Christmas period. It happens every month but this was my first time attending. We saw “The Post”, which is a really good movie. I enjoy every chance I get to watch women grow into confident, decision-making bosses. At the end of the movie, Dr Schrock pointed out to us, some of the things we might have missed in the body language of the actors. I really liked this event and might attend the next one.

There was also a disco roller party that I attended. I’ll start off by saying I have never skated in my entire life so this was a new one. I fell once I attempted to stand up while wearing the shoes. I didn’t do much better after that but it was definitely fun to try something new. The most recent event, and I think the last one was the Christmas party. There were two Christmas parties so that as many students as possible got to attend. I attended the second one and I had a lot of fun. Overall, while it has been a pretty busy period for me, I am thankful that I’ve also had some fun while working. Merry Christmas everyone! Have an amazing holiday!

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A November of PMAs and Pre-Christmas Sales

Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a good time getting ready for the end of the year. It’s already over 2 months since I started my year at Warwick. I am amazed at how quickly time has gone by. It really does tend to catch one by surprise, doesn’t it? I officially started classes on the 15th of October and I have had 2 full modules since then. I’m going to start off by explaining how the learning around here is done. My MSc course is Healthcare Operational Management so that is what this information is based on. However, the other MSc courses in WMG are run in a very similar manner (although they may have a different number of modules) so it should still be helpful if you are interested in the other courses.

There are 8 modules in this course (you can find the details on the HOM full-time Master's web page). What happens is we have one week of class/group learning for each module. This week is usually intense. We have classes every day of the week from 9am to 6:30pm. Although there are a few breaks in between, it usually still makes for a really long day. That week is followed by 2 – 3 weeks of personal learning during which we are to do a post module assignment (PMA) on the module we’ve completed. We are also expected to do some work on our dissertation during this time. This means that I currently have 2 PMAs pending (and my dissertation). I’ll just say it requires hard work and time management. I have been spending some time in the library; mostly because I sometimes need books for referencing. I must say that I’ve found the library staff helpful. Every time I’ve had a question or needed help, I have gotten it.

This month, we had a class trip to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire as part of our module. While it was not the first time seeing how a hospital works for me (because my undergraduate degree was in Medicine), it was illuminating to see a hospital works in the UK. It was also interesting to see some of the concepts we had discussed in class being put to work and ask staff questions about them. We visited the Paediatrics wards, the Accident and Emergency as well as the Sterile Services Department. I found it very enlightening.

Away from school work, it is almost December and we all know what December really means. Christmas! Things are slowly starting to look festive. I was delighted to see the city center lit up with Christmas lights when I visited over the weekend. It is also getting colder, but I knew that would happen. This is also sales season. The Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend has just passed and while enjoy retail therapy as much as any other girl, my email is a tad tired of the messages urging me to spend some more money. I will however confess that I’ve not been very successful at ignoring the emails. Overall, November was a good one filled with new knowledge and I’m looking forward to December festivities in this new city.

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A module visit to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire  

Starting life at Warwick

Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

I remember stepping out of an Uber (because I couldn’t find the bus stop!) on University of Warwick grounds for the first time on the 24th of September 2018. I was a little confused about where to head towards. I knew I was going to the Rootes building for my compulsory immigration check, but I couldn’t quite find it (I’m generally not great at finding new places). The map wasn’t being very helpful either and I could feel my eyes starting to redden and tear up from the cold wind.

I decided to ask someone and she gladly pointed the building out to me (it was right across where I had been standing for 5 minutes!). Immigration check was quick, so I decided to get a Campus Tour, which was part of the Welcome Week program because I clearly needed it. I found this quite helpful as it gave me a general idea where most buildings are located. It however takes going around by yourself to know everywhere. I also couldn’t help but wonder how my guide was wearing only a T-shirt in the “freezing weather’’, apparently 15C isn’t terribly cold for UK residents!

I found Welcome Week very useful as it gave me a chance to get a feel of the University grounds. The WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) Departmental programs were particularly great because it helped me get a clear vision of what the year ahead would involve and how to get ahead with ease. One of the most amazing things I noticed is how truly multicultural and diverse WMG and the University are. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people from very many different places in one place. It helped me feel better to know that I wasn’t the only one getting accustomed to a new environment.

In the coming weeks, I came to enjoy how truly amazing the University of Warwick and the WMG, are. I found that everyone was willing to help with any problems we might have. During the welcome Week it was made clear to us that we could contact them if we had any problems. We were also assigned personal tutors who emphasized that they are available to help if any problems arose.

I can hardly believe it’s been only a little over a month here at Warwick and I am happy to report that I now know where the closest bus stops to my accommodation are and that I don’t get lost as often. Also, my eyes no longer redden and this is 40 weather I’m speaking of. These are definite signs that I’m beginning to feel at home. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.

Inspirational alumni talk

By: Manuela Rodríguez Melgar, Jiangling Zheng, Alejandro Fraga Eraso and Kingsley Chong

Alumni talk video

As Master’s students, it concerns us what is coming next after graduating. Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a special and inspirational lecture and networking session to learn first hand what can we expect as WMG students in the future.

We created the above video at the networking sessions so that you can hear from WMG alumni yourself, but also below are some key notes from the talk.

  • Raja Adeel Khalid, Senior Operations Manager at Amazon from the 2001-02 e-Business Management cohort, share that success is not a door that needs to be unlocked, but it is the result of thinking big, pushing ourselves out of the comfort zone and being able to take decisions when required. Contrary to what we constantly hear, he suggested us to know what we do not want because according to his journey from Toyota to Amazon in his 15 years of working experience, this is what keeps us far from making the wrong decisions.
  • In line with Raja, Christina Liaskou, Global Product Line Manager at Delphi from the Engineering Business Management 2013-14 cohort, suggested that WMG equip her with many tools that are crucial to face the challenges of the working environment, such as understanding the importance of collaboration and time management, as well as being part of a multicultural team. She added that the skills developed at WMG allowed her to be more competitive and Warwick’s prestige boosted her profile.
  • Regarding job applications, Guvanch Meredov, Tech Product and Digital Marketing Consultant at Google, encouraged us to apply to companies that we might think are “out of our league”, regardless of our nationality. He confessed that as a non European, he felt intimidated but his experiences proves that it is possible for international students to hold a position in leading companies in the UK. But that does not mean it is easy, he added that he got many rejections before Google’s offer and therefore, it is important to avoid giving up, work hard, but also, have fun while doing so.

We really enjoyed this event and felt very inspired from the life lessons we heard!