An interview with Gilly Mehraban

April 15, 2020

Gilly Mehraban, Director of Admissions – School of Health and Society.

Question and Answer interview with Gilly, Head of Admissions for Podiatry at the University of Salford. Gilly is able to share with us years of experience recruiting individuals onto Podiatry. 

Why you feel students don’t end up getting onto the course ​

– because they don’t have  enough qualifications or in the right subjects ; if they attended an Open day or contacted an Admissions tutor early in the cycle we can often suggest something on-line to add to their qualifications for example it may be subject specific knowledge they need so I may suggest a level 3 on-line Anatomy and Physiology course, they may need an Access to HE in Science or our Foundation Year 

What goes wrong for them during the application process ​

-they will only be rejected if they don’t have the qualifications or write a really poor Personal Statement with no mention of Podiatry, they need to really want to do Podiatry

Any advice on how they can improve ​

-get in touch with Admissions tutors, shadow a podiatrist, go on line find out about what the job is, visit a uni Open day (virtual one or a Facetime chat ) go on youtube and look at the videos posted by Pods, Most important contact Admissions tutors for good advice.

When applying for Salford, it is extremely important that you make sure you have the appropriate qualifications (which can be non -traditional) that provide you with background knowledge. It’s easy to find this information out by looking on your chosen course and there will be some information on the number of UCAS points you need and to gain a better feel of the most appropriate subjects for you to take at Level 3 or already have. There’s plenty of help provided by Salford staff, so contacting The Admissions Tutors early in the cycle would provide you the best advise with any extra knowledge or courses you could complete to help you get on the course. There’s plenty out there to do yourself without the help of a tutor, whether it be online courses, shadowing a professional or increasing a better awareness of the subject, every little helps.

This will also help build your personal statement which is also massively important. Your personal statement isn’t about how good at writing you are, its mainly about what you’ve done in your life that relates to or can show your passion about your chosen course. It will also help to give a real feel of your personality and what you’re like as this too is hugely important in the health care sector.  

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