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Biomedical Science alumna Rebecca talks about her NHS career

Biomedical Science graduate, Rebecca Large, is working in her dream role as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist with the NHS, after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire.

With a passion for science, Rebecca Large chose to study BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at the University of Central Lancashire after her college tutor told her about the course.

During her time at University, Rebecca had a lecturer who used to be a Biomedical Scientist in a histopathology department and his stories would always intrigue her. Rebecca was inspired to work for the NHS because she wanted to help aid critical diagnosis.

Talking about her career choice, Rebecca said: “The NHS has always been a big part of my life due to family members constantly needing the service for multiple diagnoses between them. This has pushed me to get where I am so I can try and make a difference even if it’s small, to help aid in many patients’ diagnosis ranging from cancer to non-cancerous issues."

After graduation, Rebecca secured a role immediately as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist at Blackpool NHS Teaching Hospital, where she works in the histopathology department dealing with human tissue and aiding in diagnosis.

Rebecca Large, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate
Rebecca Large, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate

"The friends I made at UCLan are ones I will cherish and keep for a lifetime. Also being able to experience a trip to Kansas University was a lasting memory."

Rebecca Large, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate

In her free time Rebecca has participated in various marathons. Talking about these accomplishments, she said: “UCLan gave me confidence that I never thought I had, to the point now where I have completed four marathons and will be completing an ultra 47-mile race in 2022.”

Reflecting on her lasting memories at UCLan, Rebecca said: “The friends I made at UCLan are ones I will cherish and keep for a lifetime. Also being able to experience a trip to Kansas University was a lasting memory.”

Talking about how her time at UCLan has influenced her career and life in general, Rebecca said: “It has made the person I am today, the lecturers especially showing and telling me ‘you can do it Rebecca’, and in the end it worked. I’m forever grateful.”

When asked about what advice Rebecca would give to those wanting to do something similar, she said: “Don’t give up! Push and show them you are interested. Biomedical Science can open up so many doors for you.”