Diagnostic Radiography graduate Rachel wins two awards

By press office

Rachel Dorrat’s top class performance on the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography (first) at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh has secured her two specialist awards.  

Rachel, who is from Lerwick in Shetland, not only graduated with a first-class honours degree, she was awarded The Fujifilm Medical Systems Award for Academic Excellence and the Society of Radiographers’ Professional Award for Academic Achievement.  

Twenty-two-year-old Rachel graduated from QMU on 4th July at an impressive ceremony in Edinburgh’s beautiful Usher Hall. During her ceremony she was joined by 400 graduates and their families, as well as QMU’s Chancellor and TV presenter Dame Prue Leith CBE, best known as an entrepreneur and judge on the hit TV show ‘The Great British Bake-off'.  The graduates at Rachel’s ceremony were delighted to share the stage with Wafa Shaheem, a leader in refugee resettlement, who was awarded an honorary degree for her work in helping develop a uniquely Scottish approach to welcoming people seeking international protection. Rachel was one of 1200 students who graduated from Queen Margaret University in July.  

Discussing her experience of Queen Margaret University, Rachel said: “I was studying for part of my degree during the height of the pandemic, and I can truly say that QMU went to great lengths to ensure we were well supported, engaged in our study, and connected with the QMU community. The academics were amazing throughout the whole course and did everything they could to ensure students, across all levels of the radiography degree, had a great experience on the course.  

"The BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree provided me with lots of opportunities to do placements at a range of hospitals in Scotland – in the NHS and in private healthcare - and I always felt that the academics had prepared me well to undertake each placement."


"I carried out an elective placement in London and had the opportunity to work at three hospitals in the capital – King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas, and the Princess Royal. From that opportunity, I was able to secure a position as diagnostic radiographer (Band 5) at King’s College Hospital. Working at the London hospitals was a great experience and I’m excited to be starting my diagnostic radiography career at King’s College Hospital in August this year."
Rachel Dorrat, QMU graduate BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Notes to Editor

For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk; copy to: pressoffice@qmu.ac.uk; M: 07711 011239.  

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