Hometown: Sandwick, Shetland, Scotland.

 

About You

I am a specialist children’s occupational therapist working on a remote Scottish island. I provide a service to children from 0 to 19 years old. Since qualifying as an occupational therapist I have completed a variety of degree and master’s level modules related to my clinical practice. I am continuing with my full time job whilst studying this current course.

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

I had seen this course offered in the past and wished to complete it – now it is available fully online and therefor accessible from my remote and rural location.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

Convenience, location and I was successful in gaining a NES AHP Fellowship Award towards the cost of the course. Online access was essential.

"I have received detailed and constructive guidance when developing ideas for assignments plus helpful feedback when assignments are marked. Support from the other students on the course via the Hub has been useful too in terms of gaining peer insights into your work."
Marc Beswick

The Course

What did you hope the course would give you? Career change/progression? Continuing personal development?

The skills to undertake service change and development at work, personal development and credit points as a result of the work project undertaken. Completing this course will hopefully open up future opportunities in either practice education and/or academic work.

How did you find the work load? Could you comment on the support available to you?

Manageable in relation to the pace of work and submissions. Having a break between May and September is really good. I have received detailed and constructive guidance when developing ideas for assignments plus helpful feedback when assignments are marked. Support from the other students on the course via the Hub has been useful too in terms of gaining peer insights into your work.

Are you working during the course?

Yes

If applicable, if you have a scholarship or bursary how is it helping you with your studies?

NES funding covered ¾ of the fee and my employing health board paid the rest.

How do you think your QMU degree has equipped you with the skills/knowledge to development your career?

Up to now I have been able to put into practice the concepts and learning gained and applied them to live collaborative service development projects at work.

What top tips would you give prospective PG students based on your own personal experience?

Try to set two evenings a week aside to do the required reading and course work. This has kept weekends free for me mostly for family stuff. Make notes and reflections as you read articles and literature you will use it later. A lot of the earlier course work informs and contributes to later work. Try to post frequently on the Hub even if brief; it is a great encouragement to your remote fellow students. 

Life after graduation

What are your future plans in terms of career/ charity work/ further study do you have once you have completed the course?

Completion of my work based project, possible work in practice education or an academic field, maybe and it’s only a maybe, a Master’s degree.

Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy

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