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In our students' words: Tracy Siddons

Tracy Siddons completed her MSc in Health Studies with us a few years ago. After undertaking a Physiotherapy BSc in Cardiff, she found that to get to the next stage of her career would mean going back to university.

Find out what happened when we caught up with her.

I was so pleased I got a Distinction!

Why did you decide to carry on your studies at a postgraduate level?

I really enjoyed studying! I know some people might think that's a bit strange but I really wanted to do a piece of research that was part of the course. This was based around hip fractures and the patients' experiences of walking again after surgery. It was very much related to my clinical role at the time and an area of personal interest. 

Apart from the actual enjoyment of the course, I was at a point in my career where I needed a Masters to really be able to progress and get to the next stage.

Studying my Masters made me think differently. I was much more analytical, which started me on the path to get to the position I'm in today.

Why did you choose to study at Coventry University?

Location was really important. As it was full time study it needed to be easy and convenient alongside my job and Coventry just made sense. It did help that the Physiotherapy department already had a really good reputation and I already had some links with tutors because of this. 

To be honest, I didn't look at any other universities in the end!

What did you enjoy the most about the course?

It was all really interesting because it was relevant to what I was doing. It was a great example of 'adult learning' and gaining some more essential experience. I was also impressed with the flexibilty of my modules.

I should also point out that a big part of my enjoyment was Dr Christine Carpenter, my favourite lecturer. She was a real expert in qualitative research and inspired me massively. I was able to pursue qualitative research as my main area at a time where it was seen as less robust. She gave me the confidence to do that.

Carrying on with your teaching, how did you find the teaching and support at this level?

There's a lot of independent study at the postgraduate level, which is to be expected at this point really. But I always knew the support was there if I needed it. 

I was given a lot of advice on student support and academic writing. My tutors even told me which modules to do first so I could really get into the thinking and writing for them. It actually helped my grades and I was so pleased I got a Distinction!

You completed your course a few years ago now, what have you gone on to do since?

Studying my Masters made me think differently. I was much more analytical, which started me on the path to get to the position I'm in today, Therapy Manager at University Hospitals for Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.