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Health Sciences news roundup

Published: 16 April 2015

At the recent Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International conference third year OT student, Lauren Phillips, presented a poster on the links between OT, Horticultural Therapy and a proposed sensory garden at GUL Riding and Outdoor Therapy Centre in Wiltshire, a project which she initiated while on a role emerging practice placement at GUL earlier this year. Lauren has since been asked to be the therapist for a new GUL therapy centre.

Congratulations to nursing student Nikki Larcombe, who headed up the committee which organised the recent successful Pure Dance 2015 event in her capacity as Dance Societies Representative for the University. The event brought together all thirteen of our University’s Dance Societies to showcase their diversity and talent at this annual sell out show. This entirely student-led event comprised over 38 acts and 360 dancers, and raised over £750 for The Survivors Trust (TST).


Third year OT student, Hannah Elliott, recently undertook a role emerging practice placement at The Elizabeth Foundation for children with hearing loss. Whilst there she completed an extremely successful project involving REMAP in designing varying height foot rests to be used on chairs for very young children to enhance their sitting stability and thus aid concentration when in the classroom.

Hannah has been highly commended by staff at the Foundation for her work there and by the team at Southampton REMAP for her highly professional and enthusiastic approach. Hannah has also been welcomed to attend the REMAP meetings for the Southampton panel.


Dr Lesley Collier will be taking part in a unique line up of science talks, demonstrations and live experiments taking place in pubs across the city in May. Lesley is one of 25 scientists taking to the stage as part of the international, three-day Pint of Science Festival that will see over 600 science evenings take place in 50 cities across 8 countries around the world.

Her talk on ‘Living Sensationally’, part of ‘Time Flies: A Brain Perspective’ is at The Red Lion, 55 High Street, Southampton, on Wednesday 20th May from 7-9pm. Tickets can be purchased here.


Congratulations to Dr Mark Rawlinson who has recently been awarded the coveted title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute. Mark joins staff Dr Wendy Wigley and Steve Coopey, who also previously received a Queen’s Nurse award.


Finally… congratulations to Professor Alan Glasper who presented on the topic of ‘Data driven processes for assessing if children's hospitals are safe, effective, caring, responsive to the need of sick children’ at the ‘International Paediatric Day’ 4th Conference of the Istituto Giannina Gaslini in Genova. Alan was also invited to be on debating panels at the conference.


Participants of PURE DANCE 2015
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