What our students say
Why choose a radiography degree?
Daniella Claxton, 20, is in her third year of the BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography.
“I've always been interested in science, particularly the human body. I enjoy working with and helping others. For four years I was a local volunteer caring for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children. I also worked as a healthcare assistant in an elderly residents' home for a summer.
“I discovered radiography about five years ago while reading the NHS careers website. I rang a local hospital and secured myself a two week work experience placement in the radiography department and haven't looked back since.
“Radiography offered me everything I wanted in a job, with the opportunity to work both as an individual and as part of a team within the department and with other healthcare professionals.
“As a radiographer it is your responsibility to produce images of diagnostic value while adhering to radiation protection measures. Good communication skills are a must as you need to gain the trust of the patient in a short space of time. Imaging technology itself is constantly changing and improving, and I feel privileged to be at the forefront of this expanding medical field.
“The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Educationat Kingston and St George's was the ideal choice. I could commute from home and take advantage of being placed in London hospitals. There are plenty of resources available across both university sites, which are excellent for both private and group study.
“I've had no second thoughts about choosing radiography and I'm looking forward to qualifying next year.”
“I live in the centre of Kingston with my partner, our cats and our Australian housemate.
“I grew up in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. After working in a nursing home for a year while contemplating my career options, I went to the University of Leeds to read Medical Sciences. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leeds, but as time passed and as the end of the course was getting closer, I wasn't sure what to do after university as I didn't want to pursue a career in healthcare management or medical research.
“After graduating I moved to Middlesbrough and started working for the NHS at a local mental health trust. I worked with a wide range of patients including adolescents, adults in short and long term care, and elderly patients with dementia. I also did voluntary work with a local charity, working with people with HIV and promoting safer sex across the Tees Valley.
“I did contemplate a career in mental health nursing, but felt I'd be better suited to a career that also involved some technical skills. I did some research into the allied health professions and decided a career in radiotherapy would stretch my technical skills while allowing me to provide advice and support to patients going through a difficult period in their lives.
“I'm now in my second year of the BSc(Hons) Therapeutic Radiography and have just finished my first clinical placement at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, which has been very intense but totally worth it. Over the past year I've also started RadSoc, a society for all radiography students at Kingston University, allowing us to let our hair down once in a while!
“I've thoroughly enjoyed my time so far at the University, and in terms of my career path, have never looked back. I just wish I'd chosen therapeutic radiography as a career when I left school!”