What our students say What our students say Providing our students with the best possible education for their future careers is our highest priority. What makes us proud is when we receive positive feedback about our courses from our students during their time with us and after they have graduated. NursingMidwiferyRadiographyParamedic scienceSocial work and social careEducationRehabilitation SciencesLeadership and management Lydia Loughran – Learning disability nursing Throughout my course I’ve received fantastic teaching and have experienced a broad range of placements which have really supported my learning, from community teams and respite units, to specialist epilepsy centres and even a placement in Australia! My lecturers and placement mentors have helped me reach a potential I didn’t even know I had, which I am so grateful for. I’ve met so many inspirational people who have helped prepare me for work as a qualified nurse, who have inspired me to continue improving the lives of people with learning disabilities through safe and effective person-centred care. I was even shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year for Learning Disabilities at the Student Nursing Times Awards, which was an incredible honour. Before starting university, I had wanted to move to London and since Kingston University was recommended to me by a friend, I decided to apply. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made! Nikki Yun – Adult nursing The best thing about studying adult nursing is you get to nurse a good range of patients, ranging from 18 to 100 years old, which is such a privilege. I have this innate desire to make a positive difference to people. The clinical practice team are very knowledgeable and they know exactly what they want from us; they are very, very strict! This prepared us for when we go out to practice – punctuality, uniform, nails, hair, they encompass all that and it reflects on us when we go out to placement. In the skills labs, they try to mimic what goes on in the ward; we have rooms with patient beds, curtains, blood pressure machines and we pretend it is a real ward. We have handovers, we have actors who come in and pretend to be patients – there is a lot of support, what we don’t know, our teachers will step in to help with. It gives us a better understanding of what to expect in practice. Holly Rosso – Children’s nursing I chose children’s nursing so that I could work with the families as well as the child. A lot of children are too young to have their own voice so through nursing, you can hopefully give them that voice. The family wants to know everything about their child; they can be challenging because as a student, you don’t always have the answers. I chose to study at Kingston and St George’s because at the open day, the staff focused more on you as a person, not just your academic skills. It is more about who you are and what other skills you have, and they also showed there is a lot of support at the university for you. The academic staff all have degrees and background as nurses so when you have a situation in placement that you’re not sure about, they have the experience to support you well. Lee Butler – Learning disability nursing I chose this field because I want to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, especially in the learning disability population, as they face many challenges in their life. I worked as a healthcare assistant in a learning disability respite before commencing on the course. I love the fun and joy you see when you make a positive difference to someone with a learning disability and the changes you can actually make in their life. I really enjoyed the skills sessions at Kingston and St George’s; working with service users that came in to support our learning while we were students. We could practice with them and they gave us feedback on our skills. In my third year, I got to complete university placement at a charity in Bulgaria, which helped children who had come out of institutional care to be able to have normal lives again. It was a great experience, as we would see the difference we made to their lives. David Rooms – Mental health nursing I chose to study mental health nursing at Kingston and St George’s because in the past I have worked in the prison service. I met a lot of individuals who suffered mental health problems and that sparked my interest in the field. The mental health simulations in the course are an introduction on working with people in different situations. It’s a really great way of testing your skills and learning from other students and lecturers, and tweaking what you say to people; the actors will respond to you, and you can see the progress you make. The facility really prepared you for getting into the workplace. Studying mental health nursing brings out the talents you already have. You refine your communication skills, and it’s something you can use not only in the workplace, but everywhere in your life – it gives you real confidence with people. Charlotte Sacco – Midwifery I chose to study midwifery because I wanted to provide a service to empower women and their families to have the birth and pregnancy experience that they want. By studying this course at Kingston and St George’s, the hospitals you get to work in have extremely busy maternity units so you gain a lot of experience. My most memorable experience in my studies was witnessing my first birth. I was working on a post-natal ward so I wasn’t expecting to see anything, but I was asked if I wanted to observe it. I was just standing there in amazement! The midwifery skills sessions are extremely practical which suits me well. We have a lot of simulation dolls to develop skills that we can only practice on pregnant women. I would highly recommend coming to study midwifery at Kingston and St George’s; it’s extremely practical, and challenging in a good way. David Roberts – Therapeutic radiography I chose to study this field of radiography as it’s a combination of science and technology, as well as patient interaction. It is a rapidly advancing profession with great career opportunities, and you’re able to help people which I am passionate about. At Kingston and St George’s, we benefit from training alongside students from different healthcare professions, such as doctors, nurses and physiotherapists as St George’s is a medical university. We are on placement for 50 per cent of the course; we work in hospitals doing the job we’re trained to do and you get a very good idea of what is expected of you. I would recommend anyone considering studying radiotherapy here to do it; I have found it incredibly rewarding and I have been given many opportunities that I never would have been able to have otherwise. Erica Jimanez – Diagnostic Radiography I wanted to study diagnostic radiography as it’s patient centred, and it’s interesting because there are so many different aspects you can get into. I like the diagnosis side of the field – learning different things about different pathologies and fractures, and then putting the two dots together involves investigation, which is cool. I enjoy so many different things about the course because there is such a contrast in the work and the staff are super supportive and very approachable. We do a lot of placements where we can prove our skills; I’ve been to numerous hospitals and it was amazing to get to be part of teams who are so dedicated to their jobs. There are many different ways to do things in radiology so you learn different methods from different people. If you’re looking to study here, be prepared for something completely different. It’s a roller coaster of emotions but if you do have a passion for radiology and helping people, go for it – you won’t regret it. Adam Davis – Paramedic Science The best thing about paramedic science is being able to be given that tool kit and to go out there in a whole bunch of different environments which are not necessarily the best in which to practice medicine. You have to just do it, to use that toolkit to help people in their hour of need. What I like about studying at Kingston and St George’s is the depth and wealth of knowledge available to you; a whole world of people who can come and help you out, from respiratory diseases to midwifery. For example, when we learnt how to do intubation, we had a consultant anaesthetist who came in and taught us – you can’t ask for much better. As a student, I don’t think you could ask for a better academic team. They have a wealth of experience that they could put into real world contexts for us, so when we were going out there as a student on placement, you felt more than theoretically prepared. Katie Jeffries – Working with children and young people This course covers a wide range of different aspects of social work and care, all to do with children. The reason I chose to study it is because personally, I don’t know what I want to do and this course opens up so many doors; I could get into teaching, nursing, social work and other areas. We have access to loads of facilities like the Practice Learning suite, where we can interview each other and watch the footage and learn from it. We also find the social work conference and seminars really beneficial. They really open up your eyes and you get different people coming to explain their points of view so I look at social workers in a different way, especially how they are portrayed in the media. Kingston and St George’s prepares you for the working life because not only do we learn our practical skills, we also have placements so we can see what it’s like working in the industry and hopefully in the profession you want to enter. Jennifer Gichuru – Masters of Social work I chose to study social work because I wanted to empower the oppressed in society, made a difference and make myself feel that I have done something with my life that is worthwhile. What I like about the profession is the way we interact with people and look for ways to improve their lives in society, which is a positive attribute. Kingston and St George’s is one of the best places to study social work. The support you get from the tutors is amazing. You have one-to-one interactions all the time and the tutors are very empathetic to the students and push you to achieve your potential. It’s more of a practical module where we interact with service users and we get to understand their problems by interviewing them face-to-face. It is quite dynamic and we get to understand what the service users are going through and see for ourselves the impact social services deliver for them. Sophie Beadle – Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Sophie took part in a course trip to Sweden to observe early years teaching in an overseas setting: The trip was a great opportunity for me to compare early years teaching practice in a different setting, and to reflect on how I am influenced by various approaches to early years teaching. It was also a way of seeing my learnings come to life as I was able to see teaching theory carried out in a way that really made sense to me. Seeing how much trust was given to the children in Sweden made me realise how it allows them to be independent and manage risks. I now encourage myself (as well as other staff) to consider how we can encourage the children to become more independent. For example, if I see a child show interest in a pair of scissors I help that child explore them safely, instead of simply taking them away. I now encourage the children to be as independent as possible in many ways, such as letting them put on their coat themselves, serving themselves their own drink or selecting and engaging in their own play. Another inspiration I took from my trip to Sweden is to use natural resources to create artwork and features which I put on display, much like the beautiful hand-crafted mobiles I saw on my trip. Nasser Al Hinddasi – Masters of English Language Teaching This course aims to train teachers to join the field of teaching and also to upgrade the skills of teachers who are currently working, to be more effective teachers in the classroom. I am currently working as an English language teacher in my country, Oman. What I like about this course is that we are dealing with students, we try new teaching methods every day and we get different results every day, so it’s always a new experience. The staff opened and broadened my thinking by teaching me how to incorporate different languages into teaching English. Studying with Kingston and St George’s has been challenging, rewarding and interesting. It takes you to a higher, critical level of thinking, you are rewarded by mastering your skills, and you get to know different students from many countries with different perspectives on things. If you’re thinking of studying here, please prepare yourself very well – it is a good experience, there’s just a lot of reading! Rachel Adam – Early Years I have worked in early years education for ten years after originally doing a level 3 qualification in child care – I’ve decided to stretch the boundary now and further myself. The profession comes naturally to me, it’s something I find easy to do and I like being active, it’s just like looking after your own children. I’m learning a lot more than I have in previous studies; things I had a slight knowledge of before, I now have an extensive knowledge of because you learn legislation, politics, theories and more. The course links theory to practice – a lot of the assignments we do link to our own practice, and we do reflective learning logs. I would definitely recommend studying early years education at Kingston and St George’s – it’s interesting, helpful and a foundation to use to build up your practice. Richard Kain – Masters of Rehabilitation One of the things I liked about this course was it gave me the opportunity to do electives as well. The one I particularly enjoyed was pain management; it was a complex area and it gave me a great understanding of working with this complex group of clients. The reason I chose rehabilitation was that I like to make a different in peoples’ lives, I find it quite rewarding. Because of my studies, I made some changes that reinvigorated my work, made it more enjoyable and made it more directed and focused about the client. Studying at Kingston and St George’s has made me a more thoughtful clinician; more aware of team dynamics and how we were with our clients. Personally, I came on as a student and now find myself working here as a lecturer. My colleagues now were my teachers, and they gave me the confidence to think about working here in education. Studying here gave me the confidence to think that you can potentially do something different, and a lot of that I put down to the teachers, who are respected because of what they have achieved in their own field. That has been the profound side for me; it has helped me move from where I was stuck a little bit in a rut, to a different way to use my skills. Any potential student considering study at Kingston and St George’s – I would say do it. I have had a great experience and it gives you good opportunities. Jennifer Churches – BSc Physiotherapy I chose to study physiotherapy to help people gain a better quality of life, by helping them improve their physical functions. Studying the degree at Kingston and St George’s prepares you well for the workforce; the staff are very good at telling us what possible scenarios we might face in every area of physiotherapy that we study. It’s hard work to get through things in a short period of time, but it’s fun, it’s a nice atmosphere and everyone is willing to help everyone else out. Our studies are unique because we have the opportunity to study anatomy by prosection, which is very rare and we are privileged to have that resource here. Being a mature student, it has helped me better understand what my priorities are; being older is an advantage because I have certain life skills and experiences the youngsters don’t necessarily have. Danielle Charles – Masters of Applied Exercise for Health I chose to study at Kingston and St George’s because I have worked in community leisure for the last eight years or so, and the knowledge works really well with the jobs I do. I work with people with cardiovascular diseases, disabetes, asthma and more. It helps me to prescribe exercise and I can explain how the exercise works and assess and treat people better. The modules in the course at Kingston and St George’s, particularly exercise adaptions, really inspired me to take my learning to the next level. Studying here is quite a unique experience – it’s improved my educational capacity and enabled me to work at a higher level. The research is up to date but at the same time, the staff are keen for you to look into new ideas. I would really recommend studying this course at Kingston and St George’s; it has given me the opportunity to improve massively in my profession. Do it now! Siby Sikhamoni – Masters of Clinical Leadership I completed my MSc in Clinical Leadership on a part time basis. The modules in the course solidified my learning experience and were extremely informative. I used the work-based learning (WBL) module to undertake a service improvement project in my workplace. I submitted an abstract on this work to the Euroanaesthesia conference, and was asked to present the poster at the 2015 conference in Berlin and the 2016 conference in London. Presenting at the conference was an incredible achievement, and I couldn’t have done this without the knowledge I gained from the course, as well as the support given to me by my supervisors. Completing the course as well as presenting my work at an international conference have really improved my self-confidence and helped me establish myself as a growing leader. I’ve also been asked to present my completed work project at the BACCN (British Association of Critical Care Nurses) conference this year, and was nominated as a finalist of the Leadership Award category in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016. I’m really grateful to my course supervisors at Kingston University and St George’s for all their encouragement and support. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve important career milestones such as these were it not for the knowledge, experience and leadership skills that I gained by completing this course. Mark Singleton – Clinical leadership I chose to study the clinical leadership course because it is linked very closely to my work in leading and developing staff on resuscitation topics. I also realised that if I wanted to further develop and progress in my career, I should be looking at doing something at a masters level. This course has allowed me to choose the projects I get involved in, to structure the work I’m doing in the workplace and using that to develop my academic skills. There are lots of pressures when you’re studying when you have a full time job and a family at home too – but there is a lot of support at the university, and I do have a sense that the staff here want to help you to achieve and reach your potential rather than just passing or failing you. There has been an element of discovering yourself during this course, and what you can do. The focus is on achieving and it’s a fantastic feeling to achieve and think, ‘Yes, I can do this’, when perhaps you didn’t realise it at the start of the course.