Becoming a researcher
My academic journey commenced at the University of Nigeria, where I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Radiography. It was here that I first glimpsed the profound impact that medical imaging could have on patient care and healthcare as a whole.
Eager to delve deeper into the realm of medical imaging, I continued my studies at Kingston University, earning a master’s degree in Breast Imaging with the distinction that underscored my commitment to specialisation.
I currently work as a Consultant Radiographer at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. Within this role, I have taken on the pivotal position of Breast Screening Director for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospital. This role has granted me the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of countless women.
It was a combination of professional ambition, personal interest, and a commitment to the highest standards of practice that led to my decision to embark on a research degree. The Society of Radiographers' criteria for a Consultant Practitioner (CP) specify a doctorate-level qualification in a relevant specialist area as a desirable criterion.
At the Symposium Mammographicum conference in 2021 I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. Claire Mercer from the University of Salford, whose fervour for research and its potential to reshape our field was contagious.
I reached out to Dr. Mercer to explore the possibility of pursuing a PhD that aligned with my interests and I am proud to say that I am now commencing my third year of doctoral studies at Salford.