Press Release

29 November 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University graduate, Hilary Rose, has been awarded the National UK Student Radiographer of the Year Award from the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

Hilary, who graduated from Christ Church with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Diagnostic Radiography in May, was chosen as the ‘Diagnostic Student of the Year’ after demonstrating extreme dedication to her studies. 

Hilary was presented with her award at a prestigious event hosted by the SCoR at the House of Commons earlier this month.

Imelda Williams, Senior Lecturer and Professional Lead for Radiography at the University’s Medway Campus, said: “It’s a great reflection on all the hard work that Hilary did throughout her studies here at Christ Church and we are delighted that she has been named the national Diagnostic Student of the Year.

“During her degree course Hilary required major hip surgery leading to a hip replacement. Despite being in pain prior to surgery she did not miss any placements and maintained her usual high standards. She also and managed her post operative rehabilitation around her studies.

“Throughout her three years Hilary’s marks were consistently high. She was a very committed student who researched her work thoroughly before commencing each assignment, received very positive patient feedback and demonstrated excellent interaction with clinical staff and students. She was always positive in her demeanour and keen to learn new techniques. And she spared the time to become a mentor to junior students.

“Hilary has developed into a well-rounded professional radiographer, and one that Christ Church is proud to have trained.”

Hilary said: ”It was a great leap of faith for me to start new life training as a radiographer, but since the beginning I have not looked back and have relished every opportunity.

“I really enjoyed my three years studying at Canterbury Christ Church University’s  Medway Campus. The teaching staff were nurturing and encouraging, and I always felt supported, engaged, interested and challenged throughout. It is a testament to the resources, teaching staff and guest lecturers that were brought in, as well as the hospitals and staff where we trained. 

“Since beginning work I have been praised for my knowledge, attitude and dedication to my role and that is a direct reflection on my learning from Christ Church, who should be proud of their commitment to train highly skilled professions to send into the workplace.”

Prior to studying Hilary was employed by the English Institute of Sport for Elite Athletes, where she was a lifestyle advisor helping athletes fulfil their potential outside the sport, or if retiring, helping their transition into the world of work .

She also managed the women’s Olympic hockey team at the Beijing Olympics and will continue as the GB Senior Women’s Hockey Team Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hilary used the opportunity of her third year dissertation study to investigate the use of MRI and ultrasound for rotator cuff injuries; keen to research sporting injuries and how best to diagnose and aid athletes.

Post graduation Hilary is now employed at the Royal Bournemouth General Hospital.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 94% of our nursing students are employed in nursing roles six months after finishing their course.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.



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