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    Got my offer from Newcastle yesterday so that's 4/4!! So happy right now! Hope everyone else is doing well!!
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    (Original post by miss Peace)
    hey guys, been wanting to go into speech and language therapy since year 8, just waiting for my AS results to see if i have the chance, planning to apply for a place at the University of Reading. Anybody else applying there? another question is how many male speech and language therapists are there?
    From what I've seen at interviews, there are very few men in the profession! Male applicants, I imagine, are very popular! Good luck with it all!
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    (Original post by nesca89)
    Hey guys, does anyone know if MMU are holding more interviews? And is anyone else still waiting to hear?
    I'm sure I saw I post a few days ago from someone who has an interview coming up!

    I hope you find out very soon!
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    (Original post by Aah28)
    I'm sure I saw I post a few days ago from someone who has an interview coming up!

    I hope you find out very soon!
    Ah ok, thank you
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    Out of curiosity! Why are there so many few male SaLT applicants or students - I can't seem to work out why!
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    Also, anyone at DMU going to the open day in April?

    could do with seeing a few fellow SaLTs haha!
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    (Original post by JordanC55)
    Out of curiosity! Why are there so many few male SaLT applicants or students - I can't seem to work out why!
    When I went to look around Marjon, the staff said that men usually come into fruition with their language skills at an older age then women. Therefore, they usually got rejected.
    That's just one unis view though!


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    (Original post by Higlet)
    When I went to look around Marjon, the staff said that men usually come into fruition with their language skills at an older age then women. Therefore, they usually got rejected.
    That's just one unis view though!


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    Marjon actually said that?! That's complete unscientific rubbish and it flies in the face of the efforts of the RCSLT to encourage more male applicants. It also doesn't match the admissions stats - the issue isn't that men are applying and getting rejected, the issue is that they're not applying in any significant number at all. If that's the honest view of a staff member there, then I would be seriously worried about training with them.
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    (Original post by JordanC55)
    Out of curiosity! Why are there so many few male SaLT applicants or students - I can't seem to work out why!
    Maybe similar reason to Primary School Teaching?


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    (Original post by JordanC55)
    Out of curiosity! Why are there so many few male SaLT applicants or students - I can't seem to work out why!
    There are some good articles on this. Take a look at 'The Gender Imbalance Among Speech and Language Therapists and Students' and 'Speech and Language Therapy/Pathology: Perspectives on a Gendered Profession'. If you aren't able to access these, let me know and I can try a PM you a PDF.

    Basically it's down to perceptions of the career among men and a lack of awareness of what SLT is generally. Men tend to avoid professions with 'therapy' in the title, as they're associated with qualities that are typically seen as 'feminine' - being caring and nurturing, focusing on feelings rather than thoughts, etc. Stereotyping is a huge obstacle to overcome here. However, things are changing slowly, and the best way to change is them for more males to join the profession and raise awareness of what SLT actually involves. Most people seem to picture SLTs as these nice ladies who sit and help young children to make their sounds - they don't know that you could end up working with adults in a prison, interpreting videofluoroscopy scans for someone in the last stages of throat cancer, and all the other different things that SLTs do. They also don't appreciate the specialist knowledge of biology, neurology, psychology, and linguistics that underpins the work. There are still people out there who think that being a SLT means helping people to "talk posh" or being able to speak multiple languages, and all these misunderstandings definitely don't help with the recruitment of men.
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    (Original post by aimeen93)
    Hi Grace, I am also going to BCU and Im also 22 years old. Did I sit next to you at the interview 11th of March?

    Congrats on the offer
    Hi Aimee,

    Oh brilliant! Same to you, we will be class mates so excited wish it was september now already haha. I'm not sure, do you mean during the talk or during the written part? So glad to know that there will be other people my age
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    (Original post by Higlet)
    When I went to look around Marjon, the staff said that men usually come into fruition with their language skills at an older age then women. Therefore, they usually got rejected.
    That's just one unis view though!


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    Do you mean in the sense of personal statements? If that is the case then there'd be hardly any medic students and stuff... Haha. I dunno.
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    (Original post by Butterfly9595)
    Maybe similar reason to Primary School Teaching?


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    I get that, but then logically people wouldn't assume that you'd only work with younger children - then again they could think it'd be like speech development or something.
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    (Original post by opalescent)
    There are some good articles on this. Take a look at 'The Gender Imbalance Among Speech and Language Therapists and Students' and 'Speech and Language Therapy/Pathology: Perspectives on a Gendered Profession'. If you aren't able to access these, let me know and I can try a PM you a PDF.

    Basically it's down to perceptions of the career among men and a lack of awareness of what SLT is generally. Men tend to avoid professions with 'therapy' in the title, as they're associated with qualities that are typically seen as 'feminine' - being caring and nurturing, focusing on feelings rather than thoughts, etc. Stereotyping is a huge obstacle to overcome here. However, things are changing slowly, and the best way to change is them for more males to join the profession and raise awareness of what SLT actually involves. Most people seem to picture SLTs as these nice ladies who sit and help young children to make their sounds - they don't know that you could end up working with adults in a prison, interpreting videofluoroscopy scans for someone in the last stages of throat cancer, and all the other different things that SLTs do. They also don't appreciate the specialist knowledge of biology, neurology, psychology, and linguistics that underpins the work. There are still people out there who think that being a SLT means helping people to "talk posh" or being able to speak multiple languages, and all these misunderstandings definitely don't help with the recruitment of men.
    Hey I can't access them! If you could get a PDF I would love you haha!

    ah, I get that and it makes a lot of sense! I feel that perhaps the college of speech therapists should push the profession and advertise itself a bit more so that people get a clearer idea of what it entails so that they can get more recruits, or at least more male applicants.
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    (Original post by grace22)
    Hi Aimee,

    Oh brilliant! Same to you, we will be class mates so excited wish it was september now already haha. I'm not sure, do you mean during the talk or during the written part? So glad to know that there will be other people my age
    During the talk I was sat next to a girl from Belfast! x
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    (Original post by nesca89)
    Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone can give me any advice...

    If I don't get a place on a speech therapy degree this year I want to go and study a psychology degree in order to apply for speech therapy postgraduate in the future.

    Does anyone think it would be helpful to do a combined honours in Psychology and Communication Studies, or would this not really benefit me? I'm just thinking maybe I'm best just doing psychology to try and get the best grade I can in the end
    Hi Nesca,

    I know lots of ppl have replied to this already but just thought I could give a little advice. I've got a Degree in psychology already and have received a couple of unconditional offers for SLT at undergrad and an interview for the post grad at MMU and I tiink this is mostly down to my degree and the mark I got in that as I have little experience in SLT compared to other applicants. I don't think doing a joint honours with psych will help greatly as long as you achieve a high enough mark in psych that's what will make you attractive to post grad courses. Feel free to ask any questions about doing a psychology degree of you like? X
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    (Original post by JordanC55)
    Do you mean in the sense of personal statements? If that is the case then there'd be hardly any medic students and stuff... Haha. I dunno.
    They were more referencing interviews I think!
    I don't know - maybe they were being biased, it's just what they said!


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    (Original post by Higlet)
    They were more referencing interviews I think!
    I don't know - maybe they were being biased, it's just what they said!


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    To an extent I think that's true, I think at 18 I wouldn't have copped with the stress of the DMU interview nor would I have been able to express my desire properly; I've matured a lot since then, despite it only being 3 years! But yeah, I've learnt a lot about myself and my ambitions since then so y'know maybe I would've been screwed a few years ago.
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    (Original post by fayeowen90)
    Hi Nesca,

    I know lots of ppl have replied to this already but just thought I could give a little advice. I've got a Degree in psychology already and have received a couple of unconditional offers for SLT at undergrad and an interview for the post grad at MMU and I tiink this is mostly down to my degree and the mark I got in that as I have little experience in SLT compared to other applicants. I don't think doing a joint honours with psych will help greatly as long as you achieve a high enough mark in psych that's what will make you attractive to post grad courses. Feel free to ask any questions about doing a psychology degree of you like? X
    That's fabulous, thank you for replying to me I think I will just do single psychology and try my best to achieve a grade good enough good luck at your interview, let me know how it goes
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    (Original post by nesca89)
    That's fabulous, thank you for replying to me I think I will just do single psychology and try my best to achieve a grade good enough good luck at your interview, let me know how it goes
    Still not heard from MMU?
 
 
 
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