Rachel Lund is one of the first students to be graduating in September from the University of Worcester’s Masters in Physiotherapy.
She was among the first cohort of students on the two-year programme and following a successful placement has been snapped up by the local health service to start her working career.
“While I was doing my placement at Worcestershire Royal Hospital I heard about this job,” she said. “I wasn’t confident I would get it, given I hadn’t finished my studies at that stage, but I applied anyway and was so thrilled to be offered it.”
Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Worcester graduating in 2016 with a degree in Sports Therapy. After a stint working as a Graduate Ambassador for the University she went on to work at Hartpury University as a sports therapist, supporting elite athletes.
“I loved my job working as a sports therapist,” she said. “Helping athletes to recover from injury and get back out to their sport was a privilege. But after five years I wanted to do more.
“When I chose to do Sports Therapy, I had no interest in working in hospitals, it was all about the sport for me. But as my career progressed my interests changed, and I felt I wanted to expand beyond sport and help people more widely.
“Now I’ve found a real passion for work with stroke patients. Helping someone to walk again is just an incredibly humbling experience.”
Rachel, a keen rugby player, said she chose to return to study at Worcester following her positive undergraduate experience.
“I heard that Worcester was launching a Masters in Physiotherapy and because I had had such a great experience doing my undergraduate degree here, I decided that I wanted to return,” she said. “The course has been really great; my lecturers have been brilliant and returning has been so lovely.”
The University’s annual autumn Graduation Ceremonies will take place as planned from September 12-14 in the beautiful and historic Worcester Cathedral followed by celebration receptions at the City Campus. No Worcester graduates have been affected by the marking and assessment boycott.
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