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Jessica Reed BSc Physiotherapy

Second year 2017/18

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Hi, I am Jessica Reed and currently studying BSc Physiotherapy.

The University of Southampton was a great and ideal option for me. I valued the Russell Group status and its great reputation in physiotherapy with their facilities and teaching approach.

Why did choose to come and study at Southampton?

On the Open Day all the lecturers were very friendly and to know that the cohort size is smaller than most other universities made it more appealing for me.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton?

Once I settled in after a week or so, I found the staff very friendly and supportive. I soon came to realise that all of the fellow students were in the same situation and we were able to work together support each other.

What is it like studying here?

Since starting my degree, I have found lecturers create a fun and relaxing environment to learn but providing other resources to consolidate our learning. The campus is a relaxing and safe area with many café’s, restaurants and bars to make sure we take time out and relax with our friends.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The University offers great study facilities like the Hartley Library which is open 24 hours with access to computers, study rooms and other resources like books and journals. I have found the general facilities such as the Jubilee Sports Centre really helps with de-stressing and is a great place to go play sports with friends.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

In many ways; academically, increased knowledge within physiotherapy and research and overall becoming more confident as time has gone on. All the skills I have learnt in class I've been able to transfer into placement and into my written work.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I really enjoy the practical sessions of the course; our placements provide great opportunities to meet potential future employers. Furthermore, I have loved placements. I have been on three placements now, inpatients rehab, CVR (cardiovascular) and MSK (musculoskeletal) and I have learnt valuable skills. If we do well within a particular placement, the supervisors often say they would like us to come back once we're qualified. Not only have I learnt so much but I have also gotten to know qualified physiotherapists, who are happy to answer questions and pass on valuable extra skills. 

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

Physiotherapy is a full-time course so it can be difficult to find time to study other modules. However, the university does provide courses such as sports taping and massaging which is organised by the students.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

In my first year I stayed at Glen Eyre Halls. Halls provides a great and safe place to meet lots of people similar in age and to make friends. There is 24-hour support and facilities such as clubs, BBQ pits, a gym and an outdoor area.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

The City of Southampton provides lots to do, such as shopping at the large shopping centre West Quay, wide variety of restaurants to eat out and provides great night life, from a pub to a club.

What one word sums up how you feel about your experiences so far at Southampton?

Monumental.

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