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Natalie Craven

Teesside University is helping Natalie achieve her dream of becoming a physiotherapist.

Natalie Craven

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I knew of Teesside University as my cousin has studied her postgraduate degree here. A family friend who is a lecturer also recommended the University to me and told me it has a very good reputation.

What is your course like?

My course is fantastic. It is not an easy course as with many health courses, there is a lot to learn. However the lecturers’ enthusiasm for the subject makes the learning environment both conducive to learning and a pleasure to be in. There are countless elements which I have enjoyed, particularly sessions where service users are involved as this give us a great opportunity to learn from their experiences. Practice sessions are the best element as they allow you to develop the practice skill needed to be an effective physiotherapist. Lectures are always really engaging and learning about specialities such as mental health have been most enjoyable.
The best thing about my course is the lecturers. They always involve us in course decisions and make it an inclusive learning environment. All the lecturers bring their own unique background and experiences which enables us all to gain invaluable skills and advice to shape the future physiotherapists we will become.

What’s been your favourite module?

The module I have enjoyed most is Integrated Management of Clients with Complex Needs. This has explored many different client groups I may encounter as a physiotherapist and has opened my eyes to the scope this job has. It has sparked interest and intrigue and led to me exploring many aspects of my future career.

Have you done any work experience or an industry placement?

I have had various placements throughout my course. They are always nerve racking initially and then fantastic by the end. Getting to be in the real world environment is so beneficial and reminds you why you spend hours with your head in the books. It gives you so many skills and experience to reflect on at university and take with you to support your practice.

What is your social life like?

I have made some very special friends while studying at Teesside. These friendships have supported and helped me throughout my degree.
The areas around Teesside are very nice - there is stunning countryside a short distance away and the beach is a great place to go and clear your head if studies are getting on top of you.

Have you had any help from any of the University’s support services?

As a dyslexic student I receive help from the study skill support team which has been invaluable. I cannot commend my skills worker enough - she has been so supportive. I have also visited student services who are always very helpful.

What are your plans and ambitions?

My ambition is to be the best physiotherapist I can be and to assist in the rehabilitation of patients, and the supportive network at Teesside University is helping me achieve this goal. Physiotherapy opens so many doors and I feel I have lots of paths that could be taken. My dream job would to be to work with children.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your time at Teesside University?

Teesside is a fantastic university putting students and their options at the front of everything it does. The staff are unique and do all they can for their students and this is reflected in the quality of physiotherapist they send out.