Hometown: Archiestown/Elgin, Scotland


About You

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

Some of my hobbies include football, guitar, banjo, mandolin and Fifa of course! 

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?  Living Away from Home

My friend’s dad was a radiographer back at home and had told me bits and pieces about the job. Also having seen my mum’s ultrasounds when she was pregnant with my two little brothers had given me an interest in that side of things! I chose QMU because I like Edinburgh as a city more than Glasgow and wanted to branch out a bit further from home than Aberdeen. So really just for that added independence!

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

If you are NOT living at home (either in halls or independent flat), what are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without

  1. Guitar
  2. Fifa
  3. My 4ft stuffed Spiderman I won at T in the Park 2013! 

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?

Making the most of freshers week before the real stuff started! Nights out (or in!) with coursemates and football guys. Malones for Six Nations and for St. Patrick’s day are always a good shout! The Black Fox down Leith Walk is my favourite bar by a mile, well worth popping over to. Non-bar related, the Cairngorm Coffee shop on Frederick Street is the nicest! I also went up Arthur’s Seat and Blackford Hill with my dog Hamish when he stayed with me for a week, great views from both! Up Blackford Hill you forget you're even in a city!

"Placements and meeting lots of new people have been the highlights of the course so far. Placements have been in all sorts of different departments (general x-ray, CT, MRI etc.) and all sorts of different hospitals, ranging from larger sites such as Edinburgh Royal Infirmary & Forth Valley Royal Hospital to smaller sites like Leith Community Treatment Centre and Roodlands Hospital."
Mafi Simmonds-Sharkey

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 went to an open day on the same day as my interview for the course and one of the main points of the university which made up my mind were the halls which are en-suite and right beside the campus - perfect for me as I’m not a morning person!  

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

Get as much out of your work experience in the x-ray department before applying and ask any questions that come into your head. Make sure you know the difference between diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, there is a big difference and not everyone would be suitable for both sides of it!

Any future plans after graduation?

Plan is to hopefully get a job around Edinburgh in an X-ray department and start saving money to travel various places around the world in the future!

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’m part of the men’s football team, I joined it as I played at school and was keen to get back into a team. It keeps your fitness up and also you meet lots of new people, it adds another friend group to make plans with! The social aspect of it is great! 

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

Enjoy yourself and don’t ever let anything or anyone get you down! Its not worth the stress, laugh it off and carry on :)


Story published 2016-2017

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