Society of Radiographers

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SCoR Crest
Full name Society and College of Radiographers
Motto Ex umbris eruditio
Motto in English From a shadow cometh light/knowledge
Founded 1920
Members 22,532 (excluding 2,925 students)[1]
Affiliation TUC, ICTU, STUC
Key people
  • President - Mrs P Black DCR(R) NVQ PgDip
  • President Elect - Mrs K Smith MSc DCR(T)
  • Vice President - Mrs S Hassan DCR(T)
  • Chief Executive Officer - Mr R Evans HDCR
  • Head of Professional Policy Professor - A Paterson OBE FCR MSc TDCR DMU
  • Head of Industrial Strategy - Mr W Town MA DCR(T) DLS
  • Head of Finance and Operations - Mr D Goulds MBA FCMA FCIS
Office location London, England
Country United Kingdom
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The Society of Radiographers (SoR) is a professional body and trade union that represents more than 90% of the diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers in the United Kingdom.[2] It was founded in 1920.[3] Until 1996, the SoR was also the professional body and trades union for radiographers in Ireland, whereupon the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy was established.[3]


The objectives for which The Society is established are as follows:[4]

  • To promote and develop for the public benefit the science and practice of radiography and radiotherapeutic technology and allied subjects;
  • To promote, study and research work in radiography and radiotherapeutic technology and allied subjects and to publish the results of all such study and research;
  • To further public education therein;
  • To protect the honour and interests of persons engaged in the practice of radiography and radiotherapeutic technology and allied subjects including the regulation of relations between such persons and employers and employers’ associations;
  • To further all such objects which a trade union may lawfully pursue in accordance with statute.



The Society is led by a Council which is made-up of representatives from a number of English regions (Eastern region, London region, Midlands region, North West region, Northern region, South East region, South West region, Yorkshire & North Trent region) and from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.[5] Council determines the Society's policy and strategic direction in consultation with members and others that have a vested interest. It meets once a month, with the exception of August and December.

The Society is a company limited by guarantee and the members of Council are company directors registered at Companies House. They have responsibilities as representatives of the membership and also as directors of the company. Neither Council members nor College Board members are paid for their duties but they can claim travelling and other expenses.

The President is elected by the members of Council and is inaugurated at the July Council meeting each year.[4] There is also a President-elect and a Vice-president, who also serve for one year.

Past Leadership[edit]

Year President President Elect Vice President Chief Executive
Head of Professional
Policy Professor
Head of Industrial
Head of Finance
and Operations
2013/14 Mrs P Black
Mrs K Smith
Mrs S Hassan
Mr R Evans
A Paterson
Mr W Town
Mr D Goulds
2012/13 Jackie Hughes
Pam Black
Karen Smith


The patron of the Society of Radiographers is The Rt Hon Llinos "Llin" Golding, Baroness Golding of Newcastle-under-Lyme who is a Labour Party politician and former MP who sits in the House of Lords and who previously practiced as a radiographer.[6][7]

College of Radiographers[edit]

The College of Radiographers (CoR) is the charitable subsidiary of the Society. The College's objects are directed towards education, research and other activities in support of the science and practice of radiography. The two organisations are collectively known as the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

The College, a registered charity, has its own Board of directors comprising an equal number of members drawn from Council and external directors representing the legal, financial and medical fields.

The College maintains an Accreditation and Approval Board which aims to protect patients of radiographers by raising the standards of education and practice. It does so by monitoring and assessing programmes of both pre-registration degree courses and ongoing professional education ranging from ad hoc events to professional postgratuate training. The College runs courses and conferences. Various guidances and guidelines are published by the CoR often in conjunction with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Research grants are awarded by the College. An academic library is maintained. Further activities to promote the public interest includes the provision of advice to the public and to government and government agencies and activities to promote public awareness of radiography, radiology and oncology. Information on the activities of the CoR is published on the website of the UK's Charity Commission.[8]

Historically, the College was an awarding body for academic awards but no longer fulfils this function. The degree-equivalent[9] radiography qualification awarded by the CoR was the Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) and this was awarded following a three-year training course and successful completion of a national examination, either in Radiodiagnosis (the DCR(R)) or in Therapy Radiography (the DCR(T)). Following study equivalent to Masters level, students with a DCR could proceed by examination to the Higher Diploma of the College of Radiographers (HDCR). Holders of the HDCR undergoing specialist training in management were awarded the Management Diploma of the College of Radiographers (MDCR) and those undergoing specialist training in the teaching of radiography were awarded the Teaching Diploma of the College of Radiographers (TDCR). The first Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Radiography was validated in 1989 and with the widespread introduction of BSc courses in radiography during 1993, the DCR was phased out. The HRCR, TDCR and MDCR have been replaced by Masters courses.

The Society of Radiographers Benevolent Fund[edit]

The Society of Radiographers Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (No. 326398) and it assists SoR members, former members and their families in times of hardship or distress and in particular the old, the sick and the incapacitated among members and former members. Information on the activities of the Benevolent Fund is published on the website of the UK's Charity Commission.[10]

Society Publications[edit]

The SoR issues a number of publications:

Imaging and Therapy Practice
Imaging and Therapy Practice provides in-depth coverage of the latest professional and educational issues that affect the day-to-day working lives of therapy and diagnostic radiographers. The publication was known as Synergy: Imaging and Therapy Practice up until January 2013. The editor is Melanie Armstrong.
Synergy News
Synergy News is a news digest of what is happening in radiography and the wider healthcare arena. Topics reported include role development and career progression, pay and conditions, research, Continuing Professional Development and health and safety and equality issues. The editor is Clare Aspin.
Radiography is an international, English language, peer-reviewed journal of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. The editor is Professor R C Price MSc FCR.
Imaging & Oncology
An annual title published to coincide with the United Kingdom Radiology Congress. The editor is Hazel Edwards.


The SoR maintains a number of awards and grants.

Overseas Placement Fund
The College of Radiographers Overseas Placement Fund was established in 1998. It is managed by the College of Radiographers Board of Trustees and a number of radiography placements in developing countries have been supported by the fund. A number of individual radiographers have taken an interest in this area and this has often resulted in periods of working overseas.
Fellowship of The College of Radiographers (FCR) Award
The Fellowship of the College of Radiographers (FCR) is an honorary title, bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contribution to the radiographic profession. It was first awarded, in its present format, in 1978 following the establishment of The College of Radiographers as the charitable subsidiary of The Society of Radiographers. The award of the FCR is regarded as an honour and privilege. Additionally, the individual receives complimentary life membership of The Society of Radiographers.
Forder Memorial Award for Students
The Forder Memorial Award, which commemorates the memory of Mr A O Forder, founder member of the SoR in 1920 and a member of the first Council of the Society. From 1995, it was agreed that it would be presented to the best paper proffered by a student at the Annual Students Conference. The winning student is awarded the prize of £50.
The Silver Medal Award
The Silver Medal was first struck in 1985 and is awarded by The Society of Radiographers to recognise and acknowledge individuals for outstanding dedication and contribution to the profession of Radiography. Nominees must be members of the Society of Radiographers (or retired from active service and membership), or non-members who are outstanding contributors to the profession. Their work may span any aspect of the imaging and therapy modalities and/or the wider spheres of commerce, industry and management; as such overseas nominees are also eligible.
Alan Nichols Memorial Award
Alan Nichols was a chief technical adviser to the Department of Radiology at Oxford Hospitals and since 1996, an award in his name has been given for the best paper proffered by a radiographer at the Radiology Congress. A representative of the Mr Nichols’s family is invited to present the award. The Alan Nichols Memorial Award is currently £100.
Beth Whittaker Award
This award, commemorating Beth Whittaker, has been awarded to the best poster presentation at the Annual Radiology Conference. The Beth Whittaker Award is currently £50.
Bryan Macey Scholarship
The Bryan Macey Scholarship, named for a former Chief Executive, is open to all Society Health and Safety and Industrial Relations representatives for trade union-related academic study.
The Arthur Kay Radiotherapy Award
In April 2009 the Society launched the Arthur Kay Radiotherapy Award to support an annual award to an appropriately qualified and experienced therapeutic radiographer who wishes to travel to learn new and innovative techniques in therapeutic radiography. The fund will enable successful applicants to spend time studying innovations in technology and practice at a leading world class cancer institution(s).
Applications for funding to the value of £5000 will be considered although, for exceptional applications, more may be available to an absolute maximum of £10,000.


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  8. ^ "Charity overview". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Elsevier". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Charity overview". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 

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