Academic graduates with students

A staff member got in line with her students at a winter graduation ceremony last week to receive her postgraduate degree.

Morag HowardRadiography lecturer and Banff local, Morag Howard, graduated at 10.30am on Friday 9 December with an MSc in Professional Postgraduate Studies. Morag’s graduation marked the end of along journey for her, having initially begun her postgraduate degree in 1998.

Morag (46), who lives at Bellevue Road, Banff, originally trained as a radiographer in Aberdeen, qualifying in 1986 followed by 12 years specialising in trauma imaging and barium enema practice. In 1998, she left to gain managerial, paediatric and CT experience in South London. While there she attained a postgraduate certificate in radiographic reporting. 

Five years later, she moved to Manchester to take up a post as an advanced practitioner at the city’s Royal Infirmary, specialising in radiographic reporting, minor injuries and training junior medical staff in image interpretation.

This new role released Morag’s passion for training budding health professionals which led her to move back to Aberdeen in 2004 when she joined RGU as module leader for postgraduate radiography barium courses and radiographic reporting module leader for the final year radiography undergraduate programme. Her move was also motivated by her son whose asthma was agitated by inner-city living.

The length of time it has taken Morag to complete the programme is easily attributed to the numerous responsibilities she has juggled alongside her studies, including raising two children with husband Malcolm, her work commitments plus running a health food shop in Banff. 
Morag’s MSc programme consisted of modules in radiography reporting, teaching and research methods, culminating in a research project which focused on the practice of radiographer commenting in community hospitals.

“I’m ‘over the moon’ to have completed my MSc”, commented Morag. “A highlight of the process was my research project which became a huge part of my life whilst undertaking it. I also enjoyed the teaching modules which helped me make the transition from practicing radiography to passing that knowledge on to the new generation of health professionals.”

Morag was joined at her graduation ceremony by husband Malcolm, daughter Katie (age 11), and son Conan (age 9) and her parents Myra and John McRobb.


Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389