A Sheffield student who ‘stumbled’ across a radiotherapy course on the UCAS website at the age of 17, has gone on to win a national award celebrating his outstanding academic achievements.
Curtis Parker-Milnes graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class honours degree in radiotherapy and oncology and now works as a therapy radiographer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
The 21-year-old will be named the Society of Radiographers’ UK Therapeutic Student Radiographer of the Year next month at a ceremony held at the House of Commons.
“I actually ‘stumbled’ upon radiotherapy after browsing UCAS, the university admissions service one day,” admitted Curtis, who is being recognised for the ‘enthusiasm, dedication and motivation he has had for his chosen profession from day one.’
“I knew a little bit about radiotherapy before, as I was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour when I was 14,” he explained.
“After spending a day in a clinical department, I realised this was absolutely what I wanted to do.
“I’m incredibly humbled to have been awarded this honour. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a student and I’m so thankful to everyone - my family, friends and colleagues - who have supported me. I hope I can continue to build upon everything I have learnt.”
Senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Rob Appleyard, commented: “I honestly do not recall another undergraduate student who has shown such a high level of commitment and capability.”