Hometown: Falkirk, Scotland

About You

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I chose to do physiotherapy because I wanted a career that I could practically and efficiently help other people with. I chose QMU because I liked the style and layout of the Physiotherapy course and also the location of the university- it is easy to get into Edinburgh from campus.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

I wanted to stay in Scotland because the majority of my friends and family live here at the moment. I picked Edinburgh because it is a really beautiful city and there is always a lot going on!

Living Away from Home

What are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without?

  1. Bicycle- this is one of the best ways for getting around without buying a bus pass. The cycle paths in Edinburgh/ Musselburgh are in great condition - you can cycle from one end of Edinburgh to the other without having to cycle on a road!
  2. Hot water bottle- Edinburgh can get cold in the middle of winter!
  3. Camera- Edinburgh is a beautiful city and that means that there are some amazing views/ scenes.

Life in Edinburgh

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

Restaurants - there are a lot of amazing places to eat in Edinburgh, from all corners of the world. You are guaranteed to find something you’ll enjoy if you like food as much as I do!

Open doors days - one weekend at the end of September each year, historic buildings and museums which are not usually open to the public ‘open their doors’ for the weekend. Most of the buildings are used for businesses/ residential purposes so it is very interesting to see a side of Edinburgh that is not normally public!

"Going on placements have definitely been the highlights of my course - it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned in class into practice and experience what it is like to work as a physiotherapist."
Lucy O'Brien

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

I did attend an open day. I enjoyed going on a tour of the buildings and being able to see all the different services and support for students, such as the Careers and Employability service, as well as the facilities available, like the fitness and sports facilities.

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting? The core modules that cover the main aspects of physiotherapy (Neuromusculoskeletal, Neurological and Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy) were fascinating and very useful in preparing us for placements and working as physiotherapists.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

This course definitely practically prepares you for life working as a physiotherapist! If you are interested, try to get as much work experience as possible shadowing physiotherapists, or even consider working as a carer as it will prepare you by providing hands-on experience of working with people that require healthcare.

Any future plans after graduation?

If possible I would like to stay in Scotland and get a job in the NHS. So far there has not been one particular area of physiotherapy I have liked more than others so, if I am able to, I would like a ‘rotational’ job which means I will get to spend some time working in all of the core areas of physiotherapy.

Life as a student at QMU

 

Are you a member of a QMU club or society? If so, what was the reason behind your choice and what do you enjoy most about it?

I am a member of the QMU Christian Union - I have been lucky enough to be involved on the committee for two years running events for international students at QMU and also helping to organise an events’ week that we run every year in late January/ early February. This week involves events like quizzes, acoustic nights, cafés and talks which give students the opportunity to share or find out more about Jesus or Christianity. I’ve really enjoyed the friendships I’ve made through the CU, the experience of running and hosting events, and also the opportunities it has given me to connect with other people and other clubs/ societies on the campus.

Tell us a little about yourself such as your hobbies/interests that are related or not related to your course of study

I enjoy music- I play both the piano and the clarsach (Scottish harp). I enjoy running and playing sports.

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

Make the most of every opportunity! When you are a student there are so many volunteering opportunities and learning experiences outside your course. Getting involved means you can broaden your skills and experience which looks great on a CV and can help you loads after university.

 

Story published 2016-2017