There was cause for a double celebration for University of Cumbria medical imaging student Devon Benton who not only joined almost fifty colleagues in graduating but also received a prestigious prize in recognition of his outstanding work.
Devon from Lytham St Annes was awarded The Challen Prize for Ethics to mark his ethical approach to his academic and clinical studies during the course.
"The clinical support was very good and worked really well when it came to my placement," Devon said. He's about to start work as a radiographer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital where his mother Mandy also works as a midwife.
At the University of Cumbria students like Devon have access to a medical imaging laboratory equipped with the latest industry-standard medical imaging workstations allowing development of practical experience that help secure future employment. The university is about to make another investment £130,000 in upgrading the X-ray equipment to the newest wireless digital imaging systems.
“Devon worked in a care home when he was studying his A levels looking after patient with dementia,” Charles Sloane, principal lecturer in medical imaging, said. “He brought this through into his degree by looking at dementia and radiography education and has come up with some guidelines which we will now be teaching at different stages in the programme. This is currently being worked up into a paper for a radiography journal.”
“It’s great to see radiography graduates from the University of Cumbria making a national contribution to extending the professional knowledge base so early in their careers. It has been a real pleasure to watch Devon grow and mature and reach his potential. He has turned into an outstanding radiographer who will make a real contribution in the future.”
Pictured: Newly qualified radiographer Devon Benton with Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Prof Sara de Freitas and Charles Sloane, principal lecturer in medical imaging.