QMU students honoured with top radiography prizes

Published: 26 July 2016 Ezine

Radiography students from Queen Margaret University have been honoured with the Society of Radiographers Professional Award for Academic Achievement.
Therapeutic radiographers Darragh O’Donovan from County Cork and Jayac Heal from Horley in Surrey, diagnostic student Kimberley Jane from Aberdeenshire and Karen Macleod picked up their prizes at a recent graduation ceremony in Edinburgh. 
Darragh has already secured full time graduate employment with NHS Lothian in Edinburgh, where he is now practicing as a therapeutic radiographer at Edinburgh Cancer Centre. 
He also hopes to pursue postgraduate study in radiography at QMU in the near future.
Commenting on the award, Darragh said: “It’s an amazing feeling to have worked so hard for my degree and now to be in practice as a qualified member of a multi-disciplinary radiography team.  
“I plan to develop as much as I can in this role and I’m really excited about the challenges and opportunities to come.”
Meanwhile, Jayac is planning on travelling to America to take part in an observational placement at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center.
Jayac remarked on his sense of pride in winning the award.
He said: “Winning this award means a lot to me and shows that if you keep your head down and continue working hard you can overcome any obstacle.”
Kimberley has already secured a full time graduate job as a radiographer at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Commenting on her award, she said: “Being awarded this prize is an honour. Radiography is something I’m really passionate about and I can’t thank my lecturers enough for all their support."
Sean Henderson-Kelly, Membership and Public Relations Manager, said: "The Society adds its congratulations to these students on their achievements.
"The awards have a relatively small monetary value – recipients receive an additional six months of complimentary membership on graduation – but the prestige of receiving an award from your professional body cannot be underestimated as a fantastic start to your career."
To find out more about the awards please contact Sean.