Gush went from the RAF to studying physiotherapy as a mature student at Teesside.
'After having physiotherapy treatment myself, I became interested in the subject and decided to move to a career in healthcare.'
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.
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.
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.
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.