Student member benefits

Supporting you from day one of your professional journey.

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Are you ready to join the SoR family?

From day one, we will support you on your incredible professional journey. We will be your advocate for the issues that are important to you and the future of our profession, while also providing you with enhanced learning opportunities to support you at all stages of your studies and radiography career.

We are a membership led organisation and we love our students       

    We want you to get involved and be at the forefront of what we do

  We offer a fantastic range of benefits to those who join. Take a moment and explore these below       

Our publications

  • Policy and professional guidance document library

    After joining the SoR, you will gain open access to all our downloadable policy and professional guidance documents, including our extensive archive. All policy, guidance and advice published by the Society and College of Radiographers can be found in this library including:

    • The Code of Professional Conduct, which includes advice relevant to patient care, communication, what it is to be a professional and how and why professionalism is so vital.
    • The Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce, which defines outcomes for the whole workforce and how progression might be achieved.
    • The Scope of Practice 2013, which defines the current scope of practice for the professional workforce for diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy.
  • Radiography Journal

    You will have access to our quarterly international e-journal that promotes evidence-based practice by disseminating high quality clinical, scientific and educational research related to all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography.

    Radiography Journalis one of the longest established and most widely respected peer-reviewed publications in the field of radiography worldwide.

  • Insight (formerly Imaging & Therapy Practice)

    Our quarterly journal provides in-depth coverage of the latest professional and educational issues that affect the day-to-day working lives of our members.

    We often feature student authors and find it is an excellent entry point to the world of academic writing.

  • Synergy news

    Our professional magazine provides a lively mix of what’s happening in radiography and the wider healthcare arena.

    Alongside hot tops such as educational developments, career progression, pay and conditions, research, CPD guidance, health and safety and equality issues, we also take pride in interviewing, celebrating and getting to know our members.

  • Imaging and Oncology

    Our annual title published to coincide with the United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology Congress (UKIO), invites authors (including student members) to provide ‘blue sky’ content, designed to make you think and consider the future of imaging and oncology.

  • Ezines

    Our monthly newsletters provide a round-up of the latest news stories, member interviews and development opportunities, direct to your inbox.

Conferences and events

We have an exciting programme of conferences and events open to students and made exclusively for you. There are two student festivals per year, an annual student conference as well as the opportunity to attend and speak at national and international events.

Check out our recent Student Festival!

Specialist webinars and recorded lectures

Throughout the year we have a comprehensive programme of live webinars covering professional, educational, equality wellbeing topics. We also have recorded webinars, lectures and selected events available free for members.

CPD Now tool

We expect all members to engage in continuing professional development (CPD) and to make it easier to track your development we provide a web-based tool called CPD Now. As a student you can use CPD Now to build up a portfolio as part of your coursework, which can often be used during interviews to demonstrate you are capable of complying with the HCPC CPD requirements when you take up your first post.

Expert support and advice 

Joining our SoR Family means you will have access to advice and help from local representatives, regional experts and your own dedicated student support officer.

  • Student Rep Forum

    • Our Student Representative Forum is a very active group of students, representing those on diagnostic and therapeutic radiography course across the UK.
    • Amplifying the student voice and focusing on the issues that matter to you, our student forum provides a community hub and central contact for those beginning their radiography journey.
  • Students and New Professionals Officer

    • Your Students and New Professionals Officer is here to support you as you move towards becoming a confident new professional in the workplace.
    • As a HCPC registered radiographer, your support officer has working knowledge and understanding of the radiography profession.
  • Health & Safety Reps

    • We are committed to working towards a safe and healthy working environment for all our members, including students, and have a history of campaigning on health and safety issues, including work to highlight the risks from exposure to radiation, environmental risks and, more recently, musculoskeletal disorder in sonographers.
    • As a trade union, we have a network of safety representatives working at a local level playing a vital role in improving workplace standards in medical imaging and radiotherapy departments.

Student awards

Our students have access to a large selection of bursaries, research funding opportunities, awards and prizes.

Learn more here

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) for student clinical placements

We provide PII cover for UK student members undertaking clinical placements. If you are on a course approved by the College of Radiographers, working under the supervision of qualified radiographer and on elective placement that is related to your course and approved by your HE institution, you may be covered.

Find out about PII here

Access to the Benevolent Fund

If you ever experience financial hardship, members (including students and families of members) can apply to our Benevolent Fund for assistance. Each case is judged individually.

Learn more here

Leadership opportunities

  • Be a Student Forum Representative

    Our Student Rep Forum is always looking for new members and welcomes interest from all educational pathways, including undergraduate, pre-registration MSc and apprenticeship routes.

    Becoming a student rep can provide you with an excellent introduction to understanding campaigns, professional engagement and how to affect change at all levels.

  • Stand for Council as a Student Observer

    Each year two students are elected to join Council as observers.

    While you can’t vote on decisions, you will take part in the discussions and thus help shape the direction of our organisation and profession.  

  • Be an ADC delegate

    Our Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) provides members with the arena to raise subjects for debate that will influence the UK Council’s policy plans for the Society, and also debate and vote on topical issues affecting the profession and/or its members.

    Students are welcome and encouraged to join the delegation and contribute to shaping the strategic direction of the SoR. 

  • Join Equalise

    Equalise is our equality and diversity network dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and skills for all members to promote equality and tackle discrimination.

    As an organisation we are committed to tackling inequality and to ensuring we are inclusive in everything we do. 

  • Sign up for the SoR Ambassador Programme

    Develop your PR, engagement and communication skills by joining our new programme.

    You get to create content, write articles, host podcasts and lead on events by our students, for our students.

Ready to start your SoR journey?

Becoming a member is easy, if you are a first year student, it's free. After this, your monthly fee is the price of a coffee! £4 per month (£48 per year). On qualification, you will also receive six months free (provided you have been in membership for the full duration of your course) – this is currently worth £153!

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