By Press Office 22 July 2016

A QMU student from An Rinn in County Waterford, Republic of Ireland, has been awarded a top radiography prize at Queen Margaret University’s recent graduation ceremony in Edinburgh.

Dearbhaile Hayes (24), who attended St. Augustine’s College in Abbeyside, Dungarvan, won the Fujifilm Medical Systems Award for Academic Excellence. The Award is presented to a final year student who has achieved the highest marks within the entire radiography division.

Dearbhaile, who graduated from QMU with a first class honors in BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, was presented with her award by Anne Laurie, Programme Leader for Therapeutic Radiography at QMU.

Dearbhaile is now working as a diagnostic radiographer at Waterford University Hospital in the Republic of Ireland.

Commenting on her radiography award and QMU degree, Dearbhaile said: “I’m delighted to accept the Fujifilm Medical Systems Award. I’m thrilled that all my hard work paid off in the end and I am forever grateful for the support that I have received from both my lecturers, family and friends throughout my time at Queen Margaret University.

“Training at QMU has offered me the opportunity to work in a wide variety of clinical placements sites, including an opportunity to undertake an elective placement overseas. Helpful and experienced lecturers who are passionate about the course, along with placements in numerous different departments have equipped me with the necessary skills to secure and begin my career as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

“My advice for current and prospective students would be to make the most out of clinical placements, get involved and ask questions. For international students or those moving far from home who may be apprehensive about moving abroad for third level education my advice would be to bite the bullet and take the chance, it may be the best decision that you will ever make. Indeed, as a recent graduate I’m delighted that I made the decision to move abroad to QMU to pursue my dream career.”

Adrian Waller, General Manager, Fujifilm Medical Systems UK, said: “Fujifilm is delighted to be supporting the next generation of radiographers with this Award for Excellence. Congratulations to Dearbhaile on her outstanding achievement, and we wish her well for her future career in radiography."

Notes to Editor

A QMU student from An Rinn in County Waterford, Republic of Ireland, has been awarded a top radiography prize at Queen Margaret University’s recent graduation ceremony in Edinburgh.

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