June 2020 | Meitheamh 2020

100+ new radiographers and practitioners in diagnostic imaging graduate virtually from UCD School of Medicine

Mon, 15 June 20 10:57


100+ new radiographers and practitioners in diagnostic imaging donned caps and gowns to graduate virtually from UCD School of Medicine today

Minister for Health highlights challenging frontline position of Radiographers during pandemic and their integral role in shaping future healthcare service

(Issue Monday 15th June 2020 @ 10am) The UCD School of Medicine is delighted to confer 50 graduates today with BSc Radiography degrees and 55 MSc graduates from the School’s Computed Tomography, MRI and Ultrasound programmes, together with one PhD graduate. In line with COVID-19 related restrictions, the ceremony which is always one of the high points of the School’s calendar, is taking place as a virtual event.

Opening the Conferring Ceremony, Professor Louise Rainford, Associate Dean and Head of Section, Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging, School of Medicine, UCD congratulated the graduates and acknowledged the celebration of their academic achievements and recognition of their clinical training. Professor Rainford also gave the graduates a warm welcome to the radiography profession and to the global community of radiographers who have trained at the UCD School of Medicine to practice, competent and safe diagnostic imaging with a strong understanding of their role in the wider healthcare context and their contribution as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Professor Rainford went on to say “The Class of 2020 all now play their role and apply their skills by entering directly into the health system as the world is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our professional colleagues who have completed their MSc in Computerised Tomography, MRI and Ultrasound will also continue their frontline clinical work in partnership with the newly qualified radiographers.”

Also addressing the graduates, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health said “Radiographers are always at the front line of the health service but are even more so during the COVID1-9 pandemic as they provide imaging services to so many patients that come through our hospital doors. During this crisis, the chest x-ray has been the critical examination that our hospitals carry out to assess the healthcare status of our COVID-19 patients.”

“I would like to thank you all for the role you have played in this crisis day in and day out. I am accurately aware of the challenging position that you bravely place yourselves in and for taking on these positions at such an important time in our country. I also really want to retain you in the Irish healthcare system and I want you to know that you are staring your career at a daunting but exciting time for the Irish health service and globally for our health services. You are graduating a time when we are shaping the future of the health of our nation. All of you are more than up to the challenge. Please stay the course. There are better and brighter days ahead for our country” continued Minister Harris.

Charlotte Beardmore Vice-President, European Federation of Radiographer Societies who also addressed the students said “Welcome to the international and European community of radiographers, representing over 120,000 radiographers. You are a talented group of students who have studied hard throughout your rigorous academic and clinical programme. Our daily work is full of uncertainties but the skills within your portfolio will support you throughout your career and please capture every opportunity to develop professionally and remember that to care for another human being is an honour.”

The Virtual Conferring Ceremony will be available for live viewing on Monday 15th June at 1400 IST via 


Other speakers at the Virtual Conferring Ceremony include; 

  • Professor Andrew Deeks, President, UCD 
  • Professor Cecily Kelleher, College Principal, UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences 
  • Dean Harper, President, IIRRT (Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy) 
  • Laura Lannigan, UCD BSc Radiography Class of 2020, Final Year Student Representative

The UCD School of Medicine, as one of the Ireland’s leading medical schools, offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate, research and professional programmes which are delivered by specialist staff across an extensive network of academic and clinical locations. The School also represents a community of researchers, scientists, clinicians, students and graduates, committed in its dedication to society and determined in its mission to improve the lives and the health of our patients. The School teaches, researches and delivers healthcare in Ireland and across the world.


To set up an interview and/ or to request footage from the Conferring Ceremony, please contact Jane Curtin, Marketing and Communications Manager, UCD School of Medicine. Tel.: 087 938 0779