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Catherine Jemson

MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence

Catherine Jemson

Why Teesside?

I had family members who came to Teesside and went on to have successful careers, so it was an obvious choice for me.

Why artificial intelligence?

I studied my undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Health Informatics and one of the modules looked at artificial intelligence in healthcare-emerging technologies. I heard this statement in an online seminar, ‘the face of medicine is about to change again, we can detect not only the visible but the invisible changes in the body to diagnose disease even before it develops, all we need is curiosity and an open mind.’ It made me realise how amazing the potential of AI in healthcare is and I wanted to explore it further.

Best thing about the course?

I love learning about the way machine learning and data science uses what we already know, and the vast amount of data we have generated over the years, to make things better. Change is a wonderful thing, it means things are improving, it means we are learning, developing, and improving efficiency and outcomes by learning from previous practice. In healthcare, this is leading to preventative medicine and treatment paths, rather than cure. It is such an exciting time to be involved in AI and data science.

Favourite module?

Intelligent Decision Support Systems (IDSS) has been particularly interesting – it introduced us to integrating IDSS into contemporary issues and case studies. I’ve learnt so much already in the first semester – the modules relate to each other but without overlapping, which I’ve found really helpful.

Tell us about the support for students

The student support services are really accessible, there’s always someone on hand to speak to. The careers service has given me some helpful advice and guidance.

Tell us about living Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough is great – it’s a busy town centre and there are some lovely places to eat just a short walk from campus.

Tell us about your placements

I’ve been on several student placements in a local hospital. I was placed within the Business Intelligent Unit, which gave me great experience of managing and handling confidential information, information security and data protection.

What industry experience have you gained?

In my undergraduate degree I worked on a live project, developing a business solution for the paediatric outpatient department of a local hospital. We had to design an electronic feedback system for young people, taking into consideration their needs and limitations. It was a competition and we came second.

What skills have you learnt?

I’ve gained both subject knowledge and practical skills, but I’ve also had experience of working as part of a team on several projects. People from different backgrounds and with different skillsets come together to develop one idea and create something fantastic that you couldn't create alone. I’ve also gained more confidence and belief in myself.

What are your future ambitions?

I hope to work within research and development in healthcare or social care. I would like to help improve patient outcomes, enabling people who are struggling in any way to live better lives.

What advice would you give to others?

Make sure you visit the university for a look around and to talk to the course leaders and student reps – everyone’s experience is different so you need to go and look for yourself. Get an idea of the course from current students and graduates if you can, there are lots of groups on social media to speak to people and ask questions.

Would you recommend Teesside University?

Yes I would, I’m proud to be one of the first health informatics graduates and I decided to stay here to study for my masters. I chose the advanced practice pathway to gain some research experience and I’ve worked alongside some fantastic tutors and professors with a world of knowledge and experience.