Undergraduate study

Our students

Gursharan Lotay

Gush went from the RAF to studying physiotherapy as a mature student at Teesside.

Gursharan  Lotay

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

'After having physiotherapy treatment myself, I became interested in the subject and decided to move to a career in healthcare.'

Why Teesside?

I came to university after leaving the Royal Air Force. In the Air Force, I worked at locations in the UK and across the world, working on complex systems, fault finding, replacing and repairing a diverse range of components and systems.

After having physiotherapy treatment myself, I became interested in the subject and decided to move to a career in healthcare. I found out about Teesside University through UCAS and did some research on the University’s website. The open day was very helpful in making my decision – the campus offers so many opportunities in a close-knit environment.

Tell us about your course

Although physiotherapy is a challenging degree course, the University offers a good environment for both academic studies and practice. I’m using the theoretical aspects of my course to develop practical hands-on skills. And I am supported by knowledgeable and experienced tutors.

The transition from service life to university life studying physiotherapy was a daunting thought to start with, but I settled in very quickly as the nature of the course required working closely with colleagues, course mates and tutors.

Have you done any placements or volunteering?

As part of my course, I completed a placement at the University Hospital of North Tees. The practice placements are a valuable enhancement to my learning experience - they offer a variety of environments and allow me to work with a large range of service users. I currently volunteer for the University Hospitals of North Midlands and James Cook University Hospital as a therapeutic care volunteer.

At university, I also volunteer as a peer-assisted study session leader through the Library and Student Services. This involves helping and supporting first-year physiotherapy students and passing on any hints or tips.

What do you like about the region?

The surrounding area has a good selection of shops, clubs and restaurants. There is also plenty of choice for accommodation which is very reasonably priced and caters for a range of needs.