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Liana Finlayson BSc Physiotherapy

Year three

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Hi, I am Liana Finlayson and I'm currently studying BSc Physiotherapy.

The University of Southampton was at the top of my choices: not only for its Russell Group status, but also for its great facilities, course structure and small cohort, which really appealed to me.

Why did choose to come and study at Southampton?

The friendly and welcoming atmosphere created at the open and selection days really affirmed my choosing Southampton.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton?

I wasn’t particularly nervous prior to starting at Southampton as I’ve been to university before. However, there are lots of social opportunities available to meet new people, which I really valued.

Once at Southampton, how were your fears overcome?

Being a small cohort, it’s like having a Physiotherapy family. Everyone supports and helps one another when needed. The lecturers know all of our names and encourage us to keep in contact once we have graduated, which I feel is quite unique.

There are plenty of accessible academic support sessions to help with essay writing, which have been very useful.

What is it like studying here?

The Physiotherapy programme is challenging and fast-paced meaning a good work-life balance is needed to keep up. At Southampton the lecturers are clear on their expectations of us as students and are willing to support us wherever needed.

Practical sessions are a fun and engaging environment to learn in. The lecturers have a wealth of knowledge and varied experience behind them which allows us to receive the best teaching. We often have patients visit during sessions which is a great chance to talk with them and understand their situation first hand.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The facilities at Southampton are fantastic: multiple gyms and sports courts, good transport links, health sciences dedicated study rooms, and the 24/7 Hartley library with good subject resources, to name a few.

We are fortunate to have access to human cadavers – an invaluable learning experience to enhance our understanding of anatomy.

We also have ‘SimMan’ which is a computer controlled manikin that can simulate a whole range of conditions; giving a realistic experience of patient care before going into clinical placement.

We have access to and are encouraged by the lecturers to utilise the practical rooms and learning aids (plinths, skeletons, electrotherapy modalities) outside of teaching sessions to build on our practical skills. 

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

Clinical placement is the highlight of the course for me. It gives me the chance to consolidate and apply the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt throughout the year. So far, I have completed three 6 week placements in orthopaedics, elderly rehabilitation and spinal injuries. All of which have been thoroughly enjoyable thanks to inspiring and supportive supervisors.

There are many sports and societies at the university, so there is something to suit everyone. I am part of the lacrosse team which adds variety to my week and allows me to interact with other people outside of the course. I am also involved in the newly developed Physiotherapy Society which encourages the Physiotherapy students across all 3 years to socialise, as well as organising the annual ball, guest speakers, and taping and massage courses.

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

With the extensive range and depth into topics the teaching involves, I feel that when the time comes to graduate and start working, I will be confident and capable in my profession.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

Placement is the main highlight of my time here – it gives me the opportunity to consolidate and apply all the knowledge and skills we have learnt throughout the year.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

Being a mature student, I opted to stay in a privately-rented student apartment as opposed to university halls. Student accommodation is in abundance in the city so which ever type of living you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to find it here.

What is the City of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton has everything to offer – great nightlife, extensive shopping, close to both the seaside and the New Forest. Being from the countryside, it’s great to have the New Forest just 10 minutes drive away making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle now and again.

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


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