Course: BSc (Hons) Podiatry
Previous school: Silverdale Comprehensive School
Sarah Reel has found that her degree in Podiatry has taken her in some surprising directions.
“I had no idea at the time of graduating that I would end up as a forensic podiatrist; however the course left me with such a passion for the profession that I wanted to explore everything that it had to offer.”
After graduating from New College Durham, Sarah went on to gain a PHD before continuing on to a career that is as wide ranging as it is impressive.
“While working as a Forensic Podiatrist I have been involved in some really interesting cases, the most recent of which was a triple murder in Australia. I continue to be an active researcher in the field of podiatry and I'm associated with the forensic science department at Staffordshire University, responsible for creating a national footprint database. I have presented my research findings several times in the US at the International Association for Identification conferences, which is the largest and oldest forensic science organisation in the world. I also work as a forensic and podiatry visiting university lecturer and I am a member of the IAI forensic podiatry sub-committee, who are responsible for the formal recognition of podiatry as a forensic discipline.”
Although it has been some time since Sarah graduated from New College Durham, she is quick to cite the importance of her time here.
“The undergraduate course gave me a really good theoretical and practical foundation, including experience of treating high risk patients on a regular basis. As a result I found no difficulty transitioning from college to the NHS workplace. It is encouraging that years on I still rely on information that was obtained from lectures at New College Durham.”
Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare, allied to medicine, which involves care and maintenance of foot and lower limb conditions.