Podiatry and Radiography

Department of Podiatry and Radiography

The Department of Podiatry and Radiography embraces the disciplines of Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Ultrasound, Podiatry and Radiotherapy and Oncology and is one of three Allied Health Science Departments within the School of Health and Life Science. The department is also host to the BSc Oral Health Science programme accredited by GCU and delivered at both the Glasgow Dental Hospital and GCU campus. Our multidisciplinary team is committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning and teaching, research, knowledge transfer, internationalisation and business development.

We deliver an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD training programmes and are keen to establish partnerships and share learning across the university.  The student journey, graduate attributes and employability sit at the heart of our department’s strategic priorities. We strive to be a department that is energized, excellent and engaged, to ensure an outstanding student experience that equips our graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be fit for purpose professionals, global citizens and the future leaders and influencers of their chosen Professions. We aim to inspire our graduates to make a positive impact on society and ‘improve lives.’

The department hosts a vibrant international community of students from across the globe. Opportunities for student exchange, and international elective placement and volunteering experiences are encouraged. Podiatry academic staff have internationally recognised clinical expertise and are regularly invited to participate as clinical leaders at world sporting events such as European Games, Commonwealth Games, Special Olympics which has facilitated international volunteering opportunities for our pre-registration students.   In addition, the BSc Honours Podiatry programme offers students the opportunity to undertake an HCPC recognised international exchange with La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia - this is the only HCPC recognised international exchange for Podiatry within the UK.

All students have access to our highly sophisticated Inter-Professional Simulation centre (ISC). This provides opportunities to gain valuable skills experience within a safe and controlled environment. The department has recently invested in a state-of-the-art Direct Radiography (DR) system and top of the range ultrasound equipment and scan trainer simulation facilities.  The ISC also includes a Radiotherapy Planning Suite, mini PACS system, ward, Podiatry clinic, emergency department and theatre areas as well as simulated home environments to practice community based health care. The Department is the largest provider of Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy and Podiatry graduates and the only provider of CASE accredited Medical Ultrasound programmes, in Scotland. Our undergraduate programmes have a track record of 100% graduate employment within 6 months of graduation. 

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Research 

The department also fosters a vibrant, dynamic and internationally recognised research community undertaking a substantial number of active projects and programmes of research across a range of research areas in particular: Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation and Active Living. Our world leading researchers are internationally recognised for generating high impact research addressing global societal challenges in line with the University’s mission for the Common Good.

Practice placement and simulated learning

We have partners in four health boards, one of which is the biggest in Scotland, providing a range of general and specialist placements. In 2017-18 Podiatry students undertook placements in 10 Scottish NHS Board areas. This ensures students develop the skills and first post competencies, required to register as a practicing radiographer or podiatrist in the UK. The department also has access to the School’s Inter-Professional Simulation centre (ISC), which creates a safe and realistic hospital environment to practice skills and techniques. ISC includes mini PACS system, ward, emergency department and theatre areas. The ISC also includes a state -of-the-art Digital Radiography suite, top of the range ultrasound equipment and scan trainer simulation facilities, a Radiotherapy Planning Suite, mini PACS system, ward, Podiatry clinic, emergency department and theatre areas as well as simulated home environments to practice community based health care. Our Human Performance Lab and 3D printing facilities are utilised by our world leading Musculoskeletal Research Team.

Our Student Liaison Team at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital were nominated and won Scottish Radiography Team of the year for enhancing the placement experience of GCU students

Degree courses

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  • Diagnostic Imaging

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    You can work across various hospital departments as a diagnostic radiographer using high-tech machines. Learn the process of producing and interpreting images of the human body degree level.
  • Diagnostic Imaging

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    Progress to a career as a researcher, lecturer or in advanced practice. Take existing skills in radiography and diagnostic imaging and apply them to radiographic image interpretation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) or medi
  • Medical Ultrasound

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    Build on existing skills in radiography, midwifery or other health-related professions or specialisms to become a safe, competent ultrasound practitioner. Progress to a career in sonography or advanced practice within the NHS or independent practice.
  • Oral Health Science

    • 2021/22
    • BSc
    Award:
    • BSc
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    If you enjoy working closely with others and using technical equipment, you can become a dental hygienist/therapist. Learn to provide clinical oral health treatment and education to adults and children.
  • Podiatry

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    Become a podiatrist providing treatment and diagnosing problems affecting the feet and lower limbs. Study podiatry at degree level and enjoy problem solving, practical work and being innovative.
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    Pursue a career as a therapeutic radiographer providing care and compassion to your patients. Study at degree level and learn how to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients using state-of-the-art technology.
  • Award:
    • MSc
    Start date:
    • Jan 2021
    Subject:
    • Podiatry and Radiography
    Apply skills in podiatric assessment, diagnosis and management planning at postgraduate degree level. Progress to a career in podiatric surgery or advanced practice within the NHS or independent practice.
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Meet the department

Our teaching and support staff are here to help (see below).

For Course and programme enquiries: T: +44 (0)141 331 8630 / E: studentenquiries@gcu.ac.uk

Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Louise qualified as a therapeutic radiographer in 1999 and worked clinically for ten years in large cancer centres in Scotland.

Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Karen joined the Diagnostic Imaging team from an NHS background, having worked in Greater Glasgow and Clyde as a clinician for many years. Her main interest is in image interpretation having qualified as a reporting radiographer in 2008.

Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging/Prog Lead MSc Medical Ultrasound
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Elaine graduated with a BSc in Diagnostic Radiography from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 1998 and gained a variety of clinical experience as a Radiographer before specialising in Obstetric Ultrasound.

Senior Research Fellow in Podiatry
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Gordon Hendry joined GCU as a lecturer in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in February 2013, following a two year spell as a Lecturer in Podiatric Medicine at the University of Western Sydney.

Research Fellow in Podiatry
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Aimie Patience joined Glasgow Caledonian University in October 2017 as a Research Associate on the Gait Rehabilitation in Early rheumatoid Arthritis Trial (GREAT) led by Professor Martijn Steultjens and Dr Gordon Hendry.

Lecturer in Podiatry
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Danny’s background is in physics and electronics. Danny has worked with a number of Allied Health Professional and clinical staff for many years developing instrumentation and measurement techniques.

Lecturer in Podiatry
Department of Podiatry and Radiography

Wendy joined the Podiatry teaching team at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008. Prior to this she worked as a clinician in the NHS and was responsible for developing the service provision for a range of high risk patient groups.