Kathryn Williamson is a diagnostic radiographer with 15 years of clinical experience, having worked in both the private sector and NHS. She starts her new role as Professional Officer Education and Accreditation on 26 July 2021.
After graduating in 2006 from Ulster University with a First-Class BSc. (Hons) degree, she specialised in mammography practice through the Nottingham International Breast Education Centre in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University in 2008.
Within her career as a mammographer for the NHS she actively participated in health promotion, creating various initiatives which were adopted regionally.
Since 2017, Kathryn has been working in academia as a lecturer in diagnostic radiography and imaging at Ulster University. Within this role she has managed modules within the pre- registration programme, and has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Kathryn completed her PGCHEP in 2019, gaining Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Masters in Higher Education Practice, with Distinction.
Within her role in academia her interests and research focus around staff-student partnership, teaching excellence, academic leadership and simulation in radiography education. Most recently, Kathryn has presented at an international online conference on technology supported education and simulation as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kathryn said: 'I am delighted to be joining the team at the Society and College of Radiographers and I am looking forward to working with them, and my radiography colleagues throughout the UK. I am deeply passionate about promoting and encouraging the development of the profession for the benefit of our patients.
'There are many challenges that surround this, but I believe that promoting quality within the education and training that underpins our profession through the CoR approval processes, and supporting individuals through the CoR accreditation processes, will ensure the profession is capable of overcoming whatever current and future challenges they may face'.
Charlotte Beardmore, SCoR Director of Professional Policy said: ‘I look forward to welcoming Kathryn to the Professional and Education team, to her role as Professional Officer Education and Accreditation, and joining the core team overseeing this important area of work for the CoR, Kathryn’s experience and enthusiasm for education and the profession shines through and her skills will support the organisation's ambitious work'.