I’m from Basildon in Essex originally and before I came to University I was working as an administration assistant at the nuclear medicine department in UCLH. The University of Suffolk was recommended to me by a former work colleague of mine who had studied there previously. I wanted a career which combined health care and science, and wanted to work in a profession which gives a challenge and is constantly advancing in terms of technology, techniques and discoveries.
The best part of my degree was that as trainee radiographers, we had three years of both the academic component with the practice component where we were exposed to real patients and had to use knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom at our hospital sites.
I really enjoyed studying in Suffolk. The local villages and towns give a sense of peacefulness and beauty. I’d recommend taking a daytrip to nearby Bury St. Edmunds with its beautiful Cathedral and market or visit Woodbridge; both were highlights for me.
I would thoroughly recommend studying radiography at the University of Suffolk. The training you get as a student is excellent, and the opportunity of the ERASMUS student exchange is an extraordinary experience. I was based in the beautiful city of Bergen in Norway where we were paired up with Bergen University College.
During my three months in Bergen, we learnt about how the Norwegian Healthcare system works, specifically in the field of radiography. I was also given basic Norwegian lessons and was introduced to Norwegian culture. I was given an internship in Bergen’s biggest hospital covering Computed Tomography (CT) and general radiography for seven weeks. Whilst I was there, I did many activities such as alpine skiing, hiking the seven mountains of Bergen and CrossFit, which made me realise how active most Norwegians are.
I truly believe that the ERASMUS programme has increased both my knowledge and confidence in my practice as a radiographer. Also as a result of the programme, I have made many friends across Europe and beyond who I have visited in their home countries as well as them coming over to visit me here in England.
Since graduating, I am now working as a Radiographer at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. My degree helped me by providing me with great knowledge and instilling in me confidence.