Author: Humayra Mogra, 3rd year BSc Diagnostic Radiography Student, University of Derby and SoR Student Rep and Executive Committee Member, Midlands
Attending Regional Committee Meetings might seem like a very daunting experience for a student and I too felt the same way at first.
Apart from setting foot into the wrong meeting room, I soon found my way and the rest of the day went smoothly. I quickly came to know that everyone I was surrounded by were very welcoming, supportive and open to ideas.
Earlier this year, I created a survey to gauge student knowledge and involvement with the SoR and found that very few students at my university were aware of the benefits of being a member.
This sparked an idea. I decided to deliver a presentation to them about the hidden gems that could be found on the SoR website, including access to peer-reviewed articles, policies and recent radiography related news.
I received praise from Richard Evans, the SCoR’s CEO, and other exec members were so impressed with the presentation I had put together that it may even be used by student reps in other regions.
I’m currently organising a regional study day for student radiographers which will give them an insight into various aspects of radiography relating to public perception and career progression including reporting, forensics and possibly veterinary radiography too.
Playing an active role and being involved with the Society has given me the opportunity to bridge a gap between students at my university and the SoR.
This opportunity has shown me that the student voice is valued. It has also allowed me to grow in confidence and engage with radiographers across the region.
These meetings have opened my eyes to wider issues and all the behind the scenes work and planning that goes into motions and how this influences the profession moving forward.
It has inspired me to continue playing an active role and perhaps become a workplace SoR rep when I qualify as a radiographer.
The future looks bright, even if it involves spending a considerable amount of time in a dark room!