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President of the Society of Radiographers welcomed

4 Dec 2017 10:30AM

The President of the Society of Radiographers has spoken to third year BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography students about his journey as a Radiographer through to President.

Jane Harvey-Lloyd, Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography, said “The Radiography team were delighted to welcome Gareth Thomas.  Despite his very busy schedule Gareth managed to find time to come and speak to our students.  He discussed future challenges of the profession and how as new graduates our students will be agents of change and leading the profession of Radiography in to a new arena.  Staying true to his interests Gareth also spoke about the importance of research and education in effectively preparing future practitioners for their roles and ensuring that they possess the skills and tributes needed for employability.”

Jane added “The University prides itself on bringing in industry experts, emphasising the importance of how our courses link to employability. The need for Radiographers is so great the majority of our students find themselves with job offers well before the end of the course.”

Gareth Thomas said “I am pleased to be able to speak to the students and to encourage them to be future ambassadors of the profession. It is an extremely rewarding career, one which is developing especially as we increase our working partnerships with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists who rely on us for that crucial diagnosis.”

Student Nicola Doyle from Stowmarket said “It was helpful to hear how the Society of Radiographers can support me in the transition from student to qualified radiographer.  I feel I am now aware of the services available to me and feel more prepared for when I start my first job.”

Fellow student David Porter from Ipswich said “Gareth has an obvious passion for the Society of Radiographers and its role in facing the challenges of radiographers and the profession both now and in the future. I will take a closer look at the research aspect of radiography, the importance of which was emphasised during the lecture.”

Student Helen Hurlock who lives in Maldon added "It was inspiring to meet someone so passionate about the profession. I especially found it interesting to learn about his transition from radiographer to lecturer and to President of the Society. This made me think about the opportunities that are available to me.”

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