Salford radiography up-date

So much has happened over the last few months. Read on to find out what…

Programme successes

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

NSSIt is with great pride we can report that the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme, led by Dr Fred Murphy, has had excellent results in the National Student Survey, with improved scores across the vast majority of sections and up to four categories gaining 100 %  student agreement.   The programme achieved an overall satisfaction rate of 97% and as a result was recognised as one of the university’s high achieving programmes.

Prof. Neil Fowler, Dean of Students, declared that “Such outcomes are only achieved through sustained effort from across the programme team and the direction of a fully engaged Programme Leader. Your efforts are much valued by me and all in the University Executive”.

By way of recognition, the team has been invited for a celebratory lunch and will be awarded £500 to further support the student experience.

MSc Advanced Medical Imaging

Students getting to grips with the Principles of Advanced Practice

The up-dated and improved MSc Advanced Medical Imaging Programme has been re-approved by the Approval and Accreditation Board from the College of Radiographers.


Dr Claire Mercer who leads the programme has expressed her thanks to the AMI postgrad team for their support during the process.

All our programmes of radiography education recruited to target again this year despite the financial difficulties in the nHS and changes to the funding process. This suggests we’re providing just what people want!

Individual success

Individual staff and students have had successes of their own too:

Interim Assessments (IA)

The following students successfully passed their IA which comes at the end of the first year for full-time PhD students.

Faisal Alrehily


31st July: Faisal Alrehily. Full Time PhD student. Faisal’s project title is: Optimization of radiation dose and Image quality in scoliosis imaging”, and his supervisors are: Peter Hogg, Andrew Tootell, and Martin Twiste.



Leena2nd August: Leena David. Leena’s research project is entitled: “A critical exploration of perceptions and uptake of screening mammography in Kerala women residing in the United Arab Emirates” and her supervisors are Leslie Robinson and Lucy Walton.


Viva voce


Dr’ Katy Szczepura

Katy Szczepura, one of our full time lecturers, sat her viva on the 10th of October and, subject to revision, has passed her PhD by Published Works: Optimising Compression Force in mammography. Katy’s supervisors were Peter Hogg and David Manning.


Congratulations to all these clever folk!

Research paper publications

The following papers have been accepted for publication:

England A, Fisher RK, McWilliams RG, Torella F. (2017) Estimating the error of CT-based measurements of aortic lumen volume used in endovascular planning. Radiography Nov;23(4):287-291. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2017.08 .001.  Epub 2017 Sep 1.

Ali M.K.M., England A, Mercer C, Tootell A, Walton L, Schaake W, Hogg P.  (2017) Mathematical modelling of radiation-induced cancer risk from breast screening by mammography European Journal of Radiology Vol 96 pp98-103

Research publications in press

Stevens Barry J.,  Thompson John D. The impact of focused training on abnormality detection and provision of accurate preliminary clinical evaluation in newly qualified radiographers Radiography DOI: (in press)

Galpin, AJ, Meredith, JM, Ure, CM and Robinson L  2017, ‘“Thanks for letting us all share your mammogram experience virtually” : developing an online hub for cancer screening’ ,Journal of Medical Internet Research: Cancer (in press)

Recognition of a published article

The Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IRRTT) is now affiliated to the journal Radiography, and their members receive the journal as a benefit of membership. As part of the affiliation to Radiography the IIRRT were asked to select 3 or 4 articles to be promoted to their members. One of the articles chosen by the IIRRT was previously reported in this blog newspaper as an output from Salford

B. Scragg, S. Shaikh, G. Shires, J. Stein Hodgins, C. Mercer, L. Robinson, J. Wray (2017) An exploration of mammographers’ attitudes towards the use of social media for providing breast screening information to clients Radiography p249–255

Our people

Basmah Maily Alrowily: what a cutie!

Baby news

Congratulations to Maily, one of our PhD students, and his wife, on the birth of their baby daughter Basmah, born 8/9/2017 North Manchester General Hospital. What a cutie!!

Christine Blakeley


This month we wished a fond farewell to one of our longest serving colleagues, Christine Blakeley, who retired to start a new chapter in her life. Although Christine will continue to work part time in her clinical role at Manchester Universities NHS Trust, she will no doubt spend the other half of her week engaging in more relaxing (or exciting?) pastimes. Christine has worked at Salford for 27 years , firstly as a Clinical Tutor and then as an academic. She saw through the introduction of the degree and post grad programmes. During her time at Salford Christine has mainly worked on the clinical side of the undergraduate programme, bringing her much-needed orderly approach to the running of the undergradaute OSCE’s ; a mammoth task which she carried out with great aplomb! Julie Nightingale, Director of Radiography at Salford, said that Christine will be missed for the very important links with clinical practice that she brought to the Directorate. Happy retirement, Christine.



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