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. 

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.


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Head of Department: Dr Helen Gallagher

T: +44 141 331 3398 E: h.l.gallagher@gcu.ac.uk

Department Highlights

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

Facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/GCUradiography/

  • Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) – Accredited Practice Educator – Jennifer Turnbull
  • SCoR endorsement of Mentor Training Programme, in partnership with the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
  • CASE accredited ultrasound education provider http://www.case-uk.org/course-directory/
  • National NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening programme education provider
  • Collaborative educational partner with the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group
  • Grant awarded by Arthritis Research UK to develop and deliver an open access educational resource for Rheumatology musculoskeletal ultrasound trainees https://www.gcu.ac.uk/arthritisresearchukultrasound/
  • HCPC and COP accredited education provider for Undergraduate Podiatry education
  • HCPC and SCOR accredited education provider for Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy and Oncology education https://www.sor.org/about-radiography/career-radiography/directory-pre-registration-courses
  • Membership of Healthcare Improvement Scotland - Pregnancy and Newborn Screening Standards Project Group – Elaine Gardiner http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/reproductive,_maternal__child/programme_resources/pregnancy_screening_standards.aspx
  • European Network of Podiatry in Higher Education
  • HCPC Accredited visitor – Wendy Smith
  • Scottish Therapeutic Radiography Forum – Margaret Spalding (member)
  • Clinical Director Special Olympics GB, responsible for Fit Feet programme – (Los Angeles 2017; Stirling 2018; Abu Dhabi 2019) – Mandy Abbott https://www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/index.php?id=238638
  • Part of Medical Team European games, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – Mandy Abbott
  • Part of Medical Team, World Indoor Athletics Championship, Birmingham, 2018 – Mandy Abbott
  • College of Podiatry
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) Faculty of Podiatric Medicine
    • Mandy Abbott – Fellow / Accredited Clinical Educator
    • Dr Ruth Barn – Fellow / Examination Committee / Accredited Clinical Educator
    • Jackie Locke – Fellow/ Education Committee / Examination Committee Accredited Clinical Educator
    • Wendy Smith – Fellow / Mentorship Programme facilitator / Accredited Senior Clinical Educator
    • Allan Thomson – Fellow
    • Debbie Wilson – Fellow / Accredited Clinical Educator
    • Prof Jim Woodburn – Fellow
    • Dr Lisa Newcombe - Member

Student Successes

Margaryta Bazelchuk, 2018 Cosyfeet award


Imaging Therapy and Practice student competition

2018 1st place – Rachelle Tan (DI) and Joint 4th place Claire Steel (DI)

2017 Joint 3rd Place – Lisa Jane Bowater (RT&O)

2016 Joint 3rd place – Kathleen MacDonald (DI)

2016 Imaging and Therapy Practice student competition – Robyn Stirton

2014 5th place – Sarah Mould (DI)

UK Imaging and Oncology Congress - MSc Diagnostic Imaging students

2019 –Imaging of Wilms Tumour (paper)

2019 - Imaging of glioblastoma (poster)


Alumni Successes

Caroline Walker, shortlisted for the Undergraduate Research Prize at the COP conference



Presentation - The Art of the Possible, Royal College Physicians and Surgeons – Local Anaesthetics in the Management of Pain. J Locke

Presentation - NET2017 Churchill College Sept 2017. Implementation and evaluation of a language task, designed to enhance Diagnostic Imaging students' awareness of diversity, and improve cultural competency, language skills and emotional intelligence. S Stewart.

Poster - UKIO 2018: Audit of a MRI fast track stroke protocol to improve imaging patient pathways J.Pursey C.Currie

Poster - Achieving excellence in radiography education and research 2018: Supervised placement – the challenges and opportunities faced by post registration MSc students on supervised clinical placement C.Currie K.Brogan

Poster - College of Podiatry (COP) 2018 conference, poster presentation on ‘Reliability of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the assessment of osteoarthritis of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint’ L. Newcombe


Teaching Award nominations and shortlists

2017/18 Jackie Locke, Lisa Newcombe

2017/18 Karen Brogan, Diane Dickson, Morgyn Sneddon

2017/18 Margaret Spalding

2016/17 Karen Brogan(short-listed), Diane Dickson, Elaine Gardiner, Morgyn Sneddon, Sharon Stewart

2015/16 Karen Brogan (winner of Excellence in Teaching award), Morgyn Sneddon

2014/15 Karen Brogan (short- listed), Lynn Cuthbertson, Diane Dickson, Jan Little, Yvonne Watt,

2013/14 Karen Brogan (short-listed)


Staff external engagement

Lisa Newcombe- Committee member for Consortium of Accreditors for Sonographic Education (CASE), Directorate of Education for the Specialist Ultrasound Interest Group, College of Podiatry

Claire Currie -Educational Representative for Scottish Council, Society and College of Radiographers

Diane Dickson- Accreditor for the Consortium of Accreditors for Sonographic Education

Elaine Gardiner- Accreditor for the Consortium of Accreditors for Sonographic Education

Morgyn Sneddon - Depute representative of Scottish Council (AHP forum), Society and College of Radiographers


Partnership Working

• Wishaw Foot Clinic

• Hands for Feet, Irvine

• Claire Dunne Podiatry, Rutherglen

• Feet First, Airdrie

• Rosie Feet, East Kilbride

• Hampden Foot Clinic

• Beatson Cancer Charity



  • NIHR HTA funded GREAT trial:-




  • The MSK Health Research Group:-



Twitter: @MSKHealthGCU