Student Testimonial

Philip Wheatley

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Why did you choose GCU?

Friends told me that GCU was a great place to study Allied Health Professions; I visited for an open evening and was impressed and the lecturers were very welcoming and friendly.

What do you enjoy most about life at GCU?

I enjoy the ability to be able to take on extra projects while I study, like the Physiotherapy Society and the Allister Boyd Legacy Group. It helps a lot to be involved in different groups when you’re living away from home. I have also been involved with snowsports, squash club and boxing club. It’s been the best way to be able to make new friends and meet some really interesting people. It helps to be able to have something other than assignments to stress over!

What do you enjoy most about your programme?

I find the whole course interesting and it is giving me great experience. I have worked for four summers at a Summer Camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities, so being able to study neurological rehabilitation as well as have placements in that area is great. I hope I will be able to work in that area after graduation.

What is your best experience so far?

I recently took part in a trip to Bangladesh with GCU. We visited the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing and I went to a placement at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed. It was an amazing experience and it gave me a chance to reflect on my own studies, professional practice and life. I got to see a lot of techniques and practice that I would not see in the UK. I also got to experience another culture with the students at the school sharing their traditional dancing, music and their baking skills. It would be great if I could visit again one day.

What advice do you have for people considering applying to GCU?

Go for it! It is a great platform to be able to try new experiences and enables you to live the life you choose.

What do you think about student life in Glasgow?

There is a lot going on in the city and so many things to do and see. I like going to gigs and there’s never a shortage of bands to see.