Saturday, 31 August 2013

Welcome Packs Abound

My face when I saw how much some of the textbooks on Leeds reading list cost!

Stardate: 91270.91

So, both the welcome packs have arrived from the University of Leeds and the time for moving into my new house is rolling around swiftly (September 17th, with Induction Week starting September 23rd)! We received information regarding the placement hospitals we could be working in, Fresher's Week, student ID numbers, an annual block timetable telling us when we'd be on placement, holiday weeks etc., a rough timetable for Semester 1 and 2, and finally... reading lists! And boy has that reading list got some expensive books on it! To name but a few:
  • Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Research
  • Essential Physics for Radiographers
  • Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection & Evaluation
  • Digital and Radiographic Imaging: A Practical Approach
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
I'm tempted to invest in some of the textbooks, but as I already own Clark's Pocket Handbook for Radiographers ( with 5 stars by students) and around 5 anatomy and physiology textbooks, I may only purchase the 'Essential Physics' and one other, as from experience and advice, we can get these books from the university library.

I'm beginning to get excited about starting. I'm stuck in that limbo some of us get trapped in when we know we're on our way to new places, but aren't quite at that point of departure yet. I can't wait to get back to learning (I know I sound sad, but never mind!) and it'll be great to finally be doing what I want!

I'm still unsure whether I'm going to get myself down to any of the Fresher's Week events. I'm not much of a party animal, as I'd much prefer sitting at home with a cup of coffee watching Star Trek, Doctor Who or House! Who knows, I may push myself out of my 'comfort zone' and experience 'student life'... but it's called a comfort zone for a reason! We'll see! Maybe I'll make some good friends who'll try to convince me otherwise... maybe.

The timetable isn't too bad either. Although it is a rough one - but looking at it, I'll have Wednesday and Friday afternoons off! Not bad, not bad. The only downside to being a student radiographer seems to be the shorter holiday periods. We get about 7 weeks of holiday a year. But I'm sure it'll all be worth it in the end!

Anyway, good luck to all you other student radiographers starting this September!

LLAP and Geronimo!


  1. Best of luck! It's my second time round the uni block so Freshers Week is less of a temptation than it was the first time (and even then I felt much like you). I got a couple of the UCS recommended texts from AbeBooks (, including a £17 ex-library copy of Carver's Medical Imaging, so it might be worth a look :)

    1. Yeah, I went to UCLan for one year, before going back to college so I could actually get onto a Radiography course. Didn't do the Fresher's thing then, but I went out a few times. It killed that inquisitive flame quite quickly :)
      I might have a look at that book you mentioned, I think that's one on our recommended list too. Keep me updated!

  2. Hello, Emily Russell
    Nice to read that both packs have arrived from the University of Leeds :)
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