Before joining Suffolk, I was working as an assistant in the Radiology department of my local hospital. I’d been doing this for a few years and decided I wanted to further my career and become a Radiographer myself. I completed an Access to Higher Education diploma first then secured my place on the Diagnostic Radiography degree.
The fact that the University of Suffolk offers more time in placement than other universities really attracted me. I’d also worked with students and graduates of the University in my previous job, who all recommended it to me.
Another reason why Suffolk appealed to me was the ability to take advantage of the countryside, beaches and local towns and cities that are all nearby. The campus is only a short walk from the town centre where there are many lovely independent shops and bars.
I’ve enjoyed the anatomy and physiology modules the most as I’ve always been interested in the human body. Learning all the new terminology of the profession and being able to understand what I saw on a radiograph has been amazing.
For me, being able to put what we learn in lectures into practice whilst on placement is so rewarding; the course is really well organised so that you learn theory in chunks then get to experience it in the clinical setting so you don’t feel overwhelmed with information as you can learn gradually.
The support I have received from the lecturers and wider team has been so important and helpful to me. Once I’d accessed the library services that are available, I felt much more able to undertake my academic work.