School workshops focus on health professions

School pupils from Aberdeen city, shire and Moray gained a fuller insight into the health professions at an interactive workshop day at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Health careers workshopHosted at the university’s Garthdee campus on Wednesday 14 November, the ‘Studying Health and Social Care’ event was attended by 111 S5 pupils from 17 schools. Each student selected to participate in two out of a series of nine workshops providing in-depth information on course content and career prospects - most of which were framed by hands-on activities.  

The selection of activities on offer was wide, with disciplines including occupational therapy, sports and exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, nursing and midwifery, biomedical science, pharmacy, diagnostic radiography and social work.
Pupils taking part in the nutrition and dietetics workshop explored the reasons why people make certain food choices, how nutritionists might work in the food industry, for government agencies influencing public health policies or in research. It will also provide insights into how dietitians support individuals nutritionally or how to manage their disease process by changing the foods they eat.   

Dr Myra Mackenzie-Fraser, lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics, was the lead organiser of the workshop. She and her colleagues recently celebrated the nutrition and dietetics programme’s success in the National Student Survey where, for the second year running, 100% of final year students stated they were satisfied with their course - the highest level of satisfaction in the University for any subject area.

Myra  said: “This was a valuable opportunity for the students to explore their career opportunities and interests. For example, in our workshop they were be able to learn more about the varied career paths which are open to them and the breadth of roles and industries in which nutritionists and dietitians are employed.”  

Professor Valerie Maehle, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, commented:

“Health and social care professions continue to be highly popular and competitive to enter, and it is vital for prospective students to consider their fields of interest well before leaving secondary education. We believe that it is vital to arm young people with as much information as possible to help them make a career decision that is right for them.”
“I’m delighted that interest in this event is so high. Feedback from last year’s event was very positive, with attendees commenting on how the interactive workshops and engagement with staff has helped them hone in on the profession they wish to pursue upon leaving school.”  

A separate event for S3 pupils, which will be jointly hosted by RGU and the University of Aberdeen, will take place early in January.

Photo caption

S5 pupils take part in a nutrition and dietetics workshop at the RGU Faculty of Health and Social Care

Background: (l-r) Andrew Paton (16) from Turriff Academy; Ryan Smith (16) from Turriff Academy; Victoria Mackenzie (16) from Turriff Academy.

Foreground: Eboni Greenhowe (16) Peterhead Academy

Notes to editor

The following schools will be participating in the event:

  • Aberdeen Grammar School
  • Alford Academy
  • Banchory Academy
  • Bridge of Don Academy
  • Cults Academy
  • Hazelhead Academy
  • International School of Aberdeen
  • Kemnay Academy
  • Lossiemouth High School
  • Meldrum Academy
  • Northfield Academy
  • Oldmachar Academy
  • Peterhead Academy
  • The Gordon Schools, Huntly
  • St Machar Academy
  • Torry Academy
  • Turriff Academy

RGU Nutrition and Dietetics in the 2012 National Student Survey: Maintaining the success of the previous year, in the 2012 National Student Survey 100% of final year students were satisfied with their course.  This was the highest level of satisfaction in the University for any subject area, and overall it was the most highly rated course in the Faculty and joint top course in the University. Compared with the other 13 UK Institutions delivering Dietetics, RGU had the highest level of overall student satisfaction (joint with Coventry).

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