Oldham Sixth Form College


Niamh Oultram, Radiographer, returns to OSFC

Niamh Oultram, Radiographer, returns to OSFC

OSFC alumna, Niamh Oultram visited college recently to inspire current students interested in a career in Radiography. Niamh achieved an incredible A*AA in her results for A Level Chemistry, Biology and History in 2019. She then progressed onto study for a degree in Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology at the University of Liverpool, having always known she wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare sector.

Following her graduation in July 2022, Niamh started working as a Therapeutic Radiographer at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. Her role involves delivering high energy x-rays to treat cancer, working with millimetre accuracy to ensure that tumours have been targeted correctly. Therapeutic Radiographers work on linear accelerators which deliver the radiation and in pre-treatment to help plan the radiography plans for patients. The role also encompasses unique clinical skills as well as building rapport with patients as they can be on daily treatment for up to 6 weeks.

During her visit Niamh discussed in detail her time at university and the role of a Therapeutic Radiographer. She gave students a real insight into what studying for a degree in Radiography would involve, talking them through the various topics covered, placement options and what day-to-day university life is like. She talked about the importance of the final year research project and the process involved in writing a dissertation. Niamh was open and honest about the difficulties she faced studying for her degree during Covid-19 as well as the emotional challenges that she has faced with working with cancer patients who have received terminal diagnoses. 

Niamh offered application and interview advice to students, focusing on how vital your initial personal statement is.. Niamh would advise all students during their time at college to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible. She feels it was these extra activities that really helped to boost her university application and widen her skillset. 

Niamh thoroughly enjoyed her two years at college;

OSFC was the perfect bridge between school and university. I liked the freedom of studying subjects I enjoyed and managing my own time to ensure I was in control of the work that needed doing. The staff were always really supportive and eager to help which made studying enjoyable.

We are really appreciative of Niamh for giving up her time to come back into college - thank you!