About You

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

At the time of choosing a university course, there was a lot of press coverage surrounding speech and language therapy and the requirement for more speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the UK. As a result of this, I did a bit of research about the profession and also shadowed my friend’s sister who worked as an SLT for the NHS. After this, I knew this was the career path for me as it linked in with my passions of helping others and talking!

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

There are only two universities in Scotland that offer Speech and Language Therapy degrees, QMU and Strathclyde. QMU was closer to home for me and I also felt it had a better reputation for health sciences degrees. QMU was relocating to Musselburgh to open their new campus and the prospect of being in a brand new campus appealed to me.

Living Away from Home

Where did you live whilst studying? If you were living in halls what’s was the best part?

During my first year I lived in the halls of residence. As we were the first cohort of students in the new campus we were the first ones to live there which was fantastic. Everything was brand new and clean! I moved in to the centre of Edinburgh for my second and third year and then moved back home to Fife and travelled over in my fourth year.

Life in Edinburgh – what was the best experience you had in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

I absolutely loved living in the city centre of Edinburgh. It’s such a great atmosphere and there is always something to do. It’s the perfect location for student nightlife.

"The degree itself covers a huge range of topics. I particularly enjoyed the paediatric topics and the practical phonetics and phonology classes. I also loved going on my clinical placements and getting hands-on experience."
Zoe Roxburgh

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 attended the applicant day for the speech and language therapy course once I had accepted my unconditional offer. My favourite part about the day was going in to the speech lab and seeing all of the fancy equipment for measuring speech, including ultrasound. It was also a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests and those who would also be on the same course as me.

What was the most interesting part of the course? Either something you learned or a particular activity.

The degree itself covers a huge range of topics. I particularly enjoyed the paediatric topics and the practical phonetics and phonology classes. I also loved going on my clinical placements and getting hands-on experience.

After Graduation

Tell us what happened immediately after you graduated.

After I graduated from my undergraduate in July 2011, I went on to further studies as a PhD student at Queen Margaret University starting in September 2011. I started off as a full-time PhD student investigating the use of visual articulatory models and ultrasound visual biofeedback therapy for children with cleft palate. My particular interest in this topic was sparked from my open day visit when I first saw the ultrasound equipment and was furthered in level four when I took the Innovative Clinical Technologies option module.

Are you currently working? If so please give a brief outline of your job. If not, what are your plans?

In 2014 I started working clinically part-time with NHS Lothian and changed my student status to part-time. I began working as a clinical research fellow on a CSO funded project at Queen Margaret University in May 2015, which aims to investigate the effectiveness of ultrasound visual biofeedback therapy for children with intractable speech sound disorders. I currently share my working week between working on the research project at Queen Margaret University and working as a paediatric speech and language therapist for NHS Grampian. I am currently in the final stages of writing up my PhD thesis and plan to submit within the next year.

I have a key interest in developmental speech sound disorders, cleft palate and clinical phonetics.

 

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