Hometown: Elgin, Scotland

Year of Course: 3

 

I chose Radiography as I have always wanted to study a healthcare related subject. During my time in high school I really enjoyed subjects such as Physics and Biology, so looking at courses that related well with those subjects lead me to Diagnostic/Therapeutic Radiography. After spending some time in a Diagnostic department I decided that the course was what I wanted to study. I chose QMU over RGU and GCU as I felt the university itself had a better atmosphere when visiting during open days. I also liked that unlike GCU, QMU placements were not just in one hospital, but in different hospitals providing a different experience in each placement.

I chose Edinburgh because it is a beautiful city.

As I’m not originally from Edinburgh or close by, I moved into halls for my first year. I would definitely advise this for students moving away from home, as you get to meet so many new people it becomes like a small community. There is always activity on campus, and easy access into the city as well. Living in Edinburgh has been lovely the past three years. Places to visit would definitely be Arthur’s Seat for the views on a nice day, Mimi’s Bakehouse for the delicious cakes and doing the Rose Street Pub crawl for a good night on the town.

"So far I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the course, from lectures to tutorials. No class is the same and every lecturer has their own way they like to teach. All lecturers are always available to provide help and advice when asked, which provides us with support all year round."
Grace Greaves

The Course

So far I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the course, from lectures to tutorials. No class is the same and every lecturer has their own way they like to teach. All lecturers are always available to provide help and advice when asked, which provides us with support all year round. As well as the course itself, we are given the chance to visit career fairs promoting our subject, including STEM sessions teaching children about our course. If I was to give advice to students interested in the course, I would say don’t be afraid to try and get experience in a radiology department before choosing your course. After all, there are many aspects to Diagnostic Radiography which you learn in third year. After graduation, I hope to get a job within Edinburgh, and then further my knowledge and pursue a career in a specialty such as Sonography.

Student Life at QMU

I am currently Vice-President of the QMU Radiography Society. This a Society for both Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography students. This allows all years to come together, and be involved in activities such as: meeting guest speakers; being involved in primary and secondary school visits; being kept up to date on CPD events etc… If I was to give a top tip for making the most of being a student I would say, make the most of the student events but balance your social life and university work as well as you can. Enjoy the student discounts whilst you can!

 

Story published 2016-2017