Rory Tyrrell M.Ost Osteopathy

Rory was the Summer Graduation 2018 winner of 'Student of Year' Award for the department of Osteopathy. We caught up with Rory to learn more about his experience at Swansea University...

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I was at school before coming to Swansea University, attending St Martins School and then going onto the St Martins Sixth form. Through out my time there I had always aimed to be an Osteopath and so I cherry picked my options to help me achieve that. I gained work experience in the public and private sector and also the now University College of Osteopathy just to gain as much insight into osteopathy and healthcare as I possibly could.

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

For me, choosing Swansea University was a no brainer. At the time it was the only university, which provided a degree in osteopathy, but that wasn’t the only reason I chose Swansea. I wanted to study at a place that I could also have a life outside of the course and Swansea provided that. It allowed me to continue enjoying my hobbies of football and golf as well as have a good social life. Choosing Swansea for me was also about gaining more independence as I was over 200 miles from my family.

Can you tell us about your course?

The osteopathy course is an integrated professional masters gaining you a Masters in Osteopathy. The course is 4 years and although that sounds like a long time it flies by. The structure of the course is pretty much the same each year albeit the modules change and adapt as you progress in what is described as spiral learning. Lectures are pretty much consistently Monday to Friday 9 till 5, with practical sessions making up a large part of the weeks lectures. A real strong point of the osteopathy course at Swansea University is the diversity of the staff – the fact that they are all from different osteopathic institutes creates a dynamic concoction of different approaches and views which students can really formulate and bounce their own thoughts off and find their own flare.

What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most?

This is a difficult question to answer (as it’s all enjoyable), however I think for me it had to be the clinical hours. Getting hands on and doing what you want to do after graduation – which is treat people. Having the opportunity everyday to meet different people, understand their troubles, overcome the enigmas of which people and their complaints can be and hopefully to see the patient’s progression. It certainly is the area I felt made me grow as a person, but also an osteopath.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

Biggest highlight was opening my laptop and receiving the email saying I had passed my final exams and qualified. After the amount of time and effort I had put into everything especially this last year like all my friends in my cohort. It is a certainly a highlight which will stick with all of us.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

My immediate plans are to gain as much experience as I can in osteopathy, seeing as many patients and hopefully helping many of them. The next year is a busy one for me I am continuing my learning by doing a transfer course in Canine & Equine Osteopathy as I have always had a key interest in animals. I have also gained a place on the Osteopathic Sports Care Association (OSCA) mentorship programme where I have to complete 250hours working in professional sport, which I see as invaluable experience so early in my career and will open the door to many opportunities especially in one of my dream fields. And of course I will be practicing at two Osteopathic practices as an Associate in Shenfield and Chelmsford within Essex.

My hopes for the future are bold and big. I have always said I want a job where I do not do the same thing every day. So my hopes for the future are to fulfil that dream of having a week of treating: within my local community, animals, elite athletes, but also some point giving back to the profession through teaching.

How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?
The first step has been completed, as my studies have given me a profession – which not many students can say. Apart from walking away being a qualified osteopath, my studies have given me key life skills which I will always carry with me.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students? 
YES! Swansea University is an awesome place to stay and study. The location is amazing, not many Universities can boast being surrounded by a park, sitting practically on the beach and being in a city.

How do you feel about winning this award?

First and foremost I have to thank everyone who voted, it is a great delight and honour to be considered let alone to be awarded, especially as I feel I haven’t done anything in particular, or special - I have always just been me.

There are so many names that I would have put before me for this award, and all of them equally deserve it.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone - to all the staff for guiding me (and letting me use the kettle), to my cohort for putting up with me! And a few in particular, to Sarah and Maria for all the help they provided when we were Society committee members. A particular thank you to lecturers Denise, Stephen and Sue for the hours they spent answering my non-stop questions. And a final big thank you to Archie and Harry for being two people I look up to!