Amie Beswick,19, from Shetland, is a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at QMU.

Before coming to QMU, Amie took a one-year HNC in Occupational Therapy Support at Glasgow Clyde College. She knew she wanted to work with people but didn’t know which area. She really enjoyed the HNC and decided she wanted to learn more about occupational therapy at university.

By doing the HNC first, Amie felt the experience gave her it the knowledge and confidence to study at QMU. She did not feel overwhelmed with the move from college to university and the study material was familiar to her.

Why did you want to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

“With living just outside of Glasgow city centre for a year already, I wanted a change of scenery. 

“I love how close QMU is to the city by train and bus. I also love what Edinburgh has to offer both in terms of city life and the many walks that can be done so close to the city, including Arthur’s Seat with its amazing views.

“Edinburgh is a wonderful place to live especially at Christmas time with the festive markets all around the centre of town. The Old Town part of Edinburgh is also really nice to walk around. There is always something on and something to do. Lots of museums to go to which a lot of them are free entry. Sometimes it’s just nice just to have a walk around Musselburgh and not needing a place to go.”

Are you living in student accommodation on campus on in the city centre?

“I would definitely recommend living in student accommodation on campus in first year. It’s great being so close to the Uni. The library is open 24/7 so it’s great to do some late night studying and not being restricted by time. It’s also a great way to make friends through fresher’s week and the events that ResLife put on throughout the year.

“I live with four other girls and we get on great. People from other flats come to visit and we have movie nights together and takeaway nights. Nobody has to worry about travelling and having a restriction on time together as we all live so close by. “

Why did you decide to study BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at QMU?

“I applied to all three universities in Scotland that offered the undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy. However, through researching each university and doing a pros and cons list I chose QMU because it best suited my learning style and it’s where I felt most comfortable and ‘at home’ when I went for interviews.

“When I came for the interviews, I loved how the campus was so open and all the rooms were easy to find. I also loved the variety of study spaces and different rooms for different types of study, including group work, quiet study and the main part of the library where you can chat but keep working. Everyone was so nice and really friendly and helpful if you were unsure where to go.”

What has been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been most interesting?

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people who are on my course as we were all starting university at the same time and not really knowing what to expect. In first year it’s really interactive. There is a lot of group work and discussions, which helped with getting to know each other.

“The highlight of first year so far for me is going into the community for Service Learning. This is once a week for three weeks. I was in a service for adults with learning disabilities. I found this particularly interesting as I’d not much experience in this field of work.

“I’m looking forward to my first placement, which is adult mental health rehabilitation, I’ve not worked in this area before and cannot wait to see what the placement has in store.”

What are your top tips for future students who might be interesting in the course?

“The undergraduate Occupational Therapy programme at QMU is great. I’ve loved my time here so far and I cannot wait to see what is in store over the next four years.

“The lecturers are really nice and if you’re not understanding something in class they’re very friendly and approachable.

“One thing QMU has is Personal Academic Tutors who you can get in touch with if you are needing extra support or are worried about any part of the course or assignments. 

“Make the most of your time at Uni, as it goes by fast. I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt already and that I’m halfway through first year! Get involved with fresher’s week as much as possible.

“If you’re unsure about going to an event alone, ask your flatmates and you can go along together.

“Look at the different societies QMU have to offer as there are lots.

“If living in halls, get to know your flatmates and the people in your block - it’ll making living away from home that little bit easier!

“Don’t stress too much on the exam and assignments, enjoy making friends and memories!”

Are you a member of a QMU club or society?  

“I’m a member of the Occupational Therapy Society, which was set up in the last couple of years. This is a great way to meet other occupational therapy students from other years and to share experiences.

“I’m also a member within the Christian Union. They’ve been a great support for me since starting Uni. Other members of the CU are from Shetland, so it was great to chat with them and learn more about the bible with them. I joined during fresher’s week and I’ve made great friends through this society.

“It’s wonderful to see and share with others the same faith. Throughout the year they have events and share with others the word of God.”

What are your future plans after graduation?

“I’ve no idea which area of occupational therapy I want to do yet. However, I’m open to all the opportunities QMU have to offer through placements and go from there.”




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