Experiencing Podiatry

  • Otter, Simon (PI)
  • Hodgskin, Taryn (CoI)
  • Tunprasert, Dao (CoI)
  • Whitham, Deborah (CoI)

Project Details


This project aims to improve the interest in podiatry among school-aged children with a view to developing applicant interest to the profession.

Nationwide, there are falling numbers of undergraduate podiatry applications despite the career offering excellent employability (95% at 6 months), varied workload, professional autonomy, good career progression, and high earning potential.

Historically, podiatry has experienced lower application rates than other health professions (e.g. physiotherapy) additionally, there is an over-representation of mature applicants, which has implications for length of career.

We have provided a series of ‘taster days’ for college students at university to engage with different ‘hands on’ activities, but there are limitations regarding number of participants we can support. The Define project identified a need to engage with school pupils sooner to maximise interest in careers in health.

This project aims to develop a new dynamic and interactive web-based resource, together with a new hands-on ‘pop-up’ podiatry school to raise awareness and demand in the school sector (yr 10/11). It will enable a more responsive approach, and offer greater inclusivity, for example in areas of social deprivation) that may not typically seek to visit a university.
Effective start/end date1/06/1831/08/19


  • College of Podiatry


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