Hometown: Douglas, Isle of Man

 

About you

As an “old school” audiologist, I did not hold a first degree although I hold several other professional audiology qualifications including BAAT, an NVQ3 in Physiological Measurement and a Diploma in Ear Care.

When I enrolled on the course, I was, and still am, Head of the Manx Audiology Service with 20 years clinical experience in audiology.

The distance learning MSc in Rehabilitative Audiology gave me the golden opportunity to acquire a master’s level qualification where such opportunities previously didn’t exist. Being a busy head of service on a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea meant any course requiring physical attendance was not practical due to time and geographical constraints.

 

 

"The workload was intense but stimulating and challenging – despite a significant level of experience in the profession it is surprising what you don’t know or have forgotten. This proves the adage that you can never know everything and its never too late to learn something new!"
Stephen Griffiths

The Course

I hoped the course would further my knowledge in addition to bringing my level of academic progress in line with my peers throughout the profession.

The workload was intense but stimulating and challenging – despite a significant level of experience in the profession it is surprising what you don’t know or have forgotten. This proves the adagethat you can never know everything and its never too late to learn something new!

I always found the support from my tutors and supervisors to be very good – whilst I never once met in person, they were always quick to respond to emails and phone calls when I got “stuck” or had a question – and I had many.

My tip for any audiologist considering this course is simply do it! The self directed learning really pushes you to learn and research the subject matter during in each module. Most importantly, the discussion groups online are where the learning really happens. Here you talk to other experienced audiologists and share experiences. Just be prepared to take on board others opinions even if they may not entirely be congruent with your own.

Life after graduation

I plan to continue in my current role long term in the Isle of Man where I will use my new knowledge to continue furthering and building our service to the benefit of our patients.

In a year or two, once the dust has settled from this study, I will likely be itching to study again, perhaps aiming for the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) or PhD.

Rehabilitative Audiology (Post-Registration)

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