Introduction to SoR
Welcome to Student Zone
Congratulations on choosing to study radiography. It’s such an incredibly exciting profession to join. Radiography is advancing at a rapid pace with new and thrilling technologies and innovations being developed all the time. Radiography has an aspirational career framework with opportunities to progress into previously uncharted territories and has the capability ‘to boldly go where no one has gone before’!
We are the only professional body representing radiographers in the UK. We are proud of our heritage, and our achievements, and work tirelessly to provide our members with a wide range of excellent benefits and services, support, guidance and representation.
One of our biggest priorities is supporting students through their studies and subsequent professional career. As well as bringing you the latest radiography news, we have many benefits of membership and services such as £5 million professional indemnity insurance, professional magazines and journals, a dedicated website, electronic portfolio and access to an enormous amount of documents to help with those dreaded assignments.
We hope that, as a student, you will take full advantage of all that we offer. The Student Zone has been specifically designed for students. It provides a wealth of information about all the benefits and services we provide for you, along with study tips and skills for learning, advice on how to survive financially as a student, and much, much more information and guidance to help you during your training.
You may already have accessed the public side of our website for careers or general information. However, as a member with full access, much more is available! There is a section dedicated to students and a wide range of briefings, advice and guidance material, resources to support practice, career planning advice, learning resources, online job advertisements and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), support amongst a whole host of other information. Visit it often to make sure you don’t miss anything. It is regularly updated and is the place to look for anything to do with radiography in the UK.
The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) is the professional, educational and trades union body for radiographers and other clinical staff working in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy. Founded in 1920, it is one of the oldest and most experienced radiography organisations in the world and the only professional body for radiographers in the UK. We take an active role in promoting the development of the profession. This means taking part in consultations, giving advice and liaising with individuals and organisations on a national and international level. We shape the healthcare agenda and lead opinion on a wide range of professional issues, setting the standards that become the policies adopted and acclaimed by governments and health professionals worldwide.
The Society and College are separate legal entities but work together seamlessly to provide an outstanding range of services. In the same way, the dual functions of professional body and trades union are conducted together and with unified objectives. This makes a very strong organisation.
The Society of Radiographers (SoR) is the trades union side of the organisation. It provides advice and representation at tribunals and HPC hearings and actively lobbies on behalf of members. The Society ensures that issues relating to education and students are addressed at governmental level. For example, we have been working with the government and stakeholders for the last few years to ensure our students’ voices have been heard in the review of the NHS bursary system.
We have regional and national officers and reps who look after your interests, eg, pay and conditions, employment related illness and injuries at work.
The College of Radiographers (CoR) is the charitable subsidiary of the SCoR, and is concerned with education and research, approving education programmes, and promoting best practice in education and practice. The Learning and Development Framework for Clinical Imaging and Oncology, published by the College, provides authoritative guidance to all levels of practice and defines outcomes at practitioner qualifying level.
We participate in the approval and review of radiography programmes, including approval of practice placements. We also make sure that each university has the resources necessary to deliver the programme. SoR works actively with CoR to deliver professional and education services on behalf of students.
Our members pay monthly/annual subscription fees which are used along with other income generating sources, such as magazines and advertising, to provide our full range of services.
Detailed information showing sources of income and expenditure can be found in the SoR Annual Report.
The Society’s Council comprises elected representatives from the eleven regions of England, and the countries of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Council determines the Society’s policy and strategic direction in consultation with members and others who have a vested interest. Contact details for members of Council can be found on the Society’s website.
The Society is a company limited by guarantee and, as such, the members of Council are company directors registered at Companies House. They have responsibilities as representatives of the membership and also as directors of the company.
It is very important to the Society that the student voice is represented. As such we have students who are elected, at our Annual Delegate Conference, to Student Observers to Council roles. These positions are held by student radiographers whose role it is to provide feedback from the voice of the student body and ensure that student views and issues are highlighted to Council. It’s important that as a student you are in contact with the Student Observers to Council. Their contact details can be found here.
The College of Radiographers is a registered charity and has its own Board of Trustees, comprising members drawn from the Society’s Council, and external directors representing the legal, financial and medical fields. Neither Council members, nor College Board members, are paid for their duties but they can claim travel and other expenses. You can find more information here.
We very much value student members. We don’t see students as just university students who are studying a course in radiography. We regard students as future members of the profession and strongly believe you are the ones who will be developing and taking the profession forward in the future.
If you’re a first year student, you can receive free membership during your first year of training if you complete and return your application and direct debit forms to us. We will contact you with details of your membership after we have processed your application. This should only take a couple of weeks.
The complimentary membership is valid from 1 October of the year you start your training until 30 September the following year.
If you join the Society before the end of your first semester, you’ll receive a free gift of a 4GB memory stick, which is loaded with useful documents but still has heaps of space to save your university work on. You won’t need to pay until the free year ends and you can cancel your direct debit at any time. Don’t panic about paying! We have a very secure payment system and never share your details with other organisations. In the unlikely event of a fraudulent withdrawal from your account, you are protected by the Direct Debit guarantee and entitled to an immediate refund from your bank or building society.
Student membership fees for students in all other years can be found here.
As a member, you will become very aware about what services and benefits we offer you. However, some of your peers and colleagues may not yet be members and we’d like you to pass this guide on to them to explain what we do and how we can help. The more members we have, the more information we can share, the more opportunities for networking we can create and the stronger our voice will be in representing the interests of our student members.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out!
If you experience any problems with your student membership please contact us straight away! Problems can include those related to accessing the membership side of our website, direct debits, passwords and membership numbers. Carmel Montanarini, membership administrator, can sort all of these out, so please contact her directly. Her email is Carmelm@sor.org or call her direct line 020 7740 7246.