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Jason Brook

Studying a degree at Teesside is helping Jason achieve his dreams - and he's won a work placement in Peru.

Jason Brook

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

'I am learning on-the-job skills every day and really feel like I am developing into a future radiographer. With each day my confidence grows.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I had worked in a low-skilled job in the NHS for many years and decided I wanted more. I could see professionals doing their jobs, and I believed I had what it takes. I worked within a radiography department, and I met many radiography students from Teesside through my work. They all spoke so highly of the education and skills they received by studying at the University, and I could see with my own eyes how much they developed from year one until they qualified.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I really enjoy my placement as I feel as though I’m finally living the dream I’ve had for a long time. I love taking x-rays of patients and dealing with the public daily. I’ve also found regional anatomy very interesting. It’s almost like learning a new language – challenging but rewarding.

Can you tell us more about your placement?

I have almost finished my first placement at Sunderland Royal Hospital. I love it. I am learning on-the-job skills every day and really feel like I am developing into a future radiographer. With each day my confidence grows. I am being trained by real professionals in a very busy and real environment.

What do you think about the campus and University life?

The campus is a beautiful site. The buildings look ultra-modern and on a sunny day it is a really wonderful place to be! Because I live at home I don’t really have a large social life at Teesside, but I do have great friends from my course and we regularly stay in touch and meet up. I have also made friends from the years above me on the same course. The University’s support services are also good. When I was in a particularly low point financially the University gave me some support which was so helpful. If it wasn’t for the help I received I’m not sure I could have continued with my studies.

Are you a member of any clubs or societies or involved in any volunteering programmes?

I joined the Society and College of Radiographers which is a union for radiographers and radiography students. I recently won their Work the World competition where I wrote an essay and gained a four-week placement in Peru this summer. I’ll be working in a hospital and taking x-rays of local people. It has always been a dream of mine to visit South America, in particular Peru. I am very interested in ancient civilisations and Machu Picchu is on my bucket list.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your course?

One hundred percent. My life has changed for the better since starting university. Teesside has given me a new lease of life and a great sense of direction. Going to Teesside can only improve your life for the better.