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"Beans means"... celebrating 10 years of cutting-edge research success

Published: 12 November 2003

The University of Southampton's School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences is celebrating ten years of cutting-edge research by giving its students a tin of baked beans.

PRESS CALL: Wednesday 19 November at 12.30pm. School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

A tenth anniversary is traditionally celebrated by giving gifts of tin.

The School is an expanding unit of the Faculty of Medicine , Health and Life Sciences and is a leading research centre in the UK in the fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry.

More than 600 cans of baked beans have been purchased and specially designed labels to commemorate the School's 10th anniversary have been stuck onto the tins to highlight the memorable occasion.

John Kness, School Manager, School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, says: "A tin of baked beans is a practical gift that will have mass appeal to our students and it also adds a bit of fun to mark our anniversary."

He adds: "Over the past 12 months the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences has seen a number of successes in producing cutting-edge research and our research income has increased significantly during this time. We aim to continue our commitment to strengthening the knowledge base of allied health professionals by working with patients, clinicians and other researchers in the UK and abroad."

The School is currently working extensively on physiotherapy interventions for stroke patients - the School becomes the national home of the Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research Centre in January. In association with this, the high profile study - BION Project, in conjunction with the Alfred Mann Foundation, USA - into the use of bionic implants to improve hand and arm movement among stroke patients continues.


Students will be collecting their special anniversary tins of baked beans on Wednesday 19 November at 12.30pm at the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

Notes for editors

  1. The School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences is an expanding and vibrant School within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.
  2. The School primarily occupies modern, purpose-built accommodation on the main university campus, together with some accommodation at Southampton General Hospital. The accommodation provides good facilities for students and staff, and computing facilities are excellent. As well as training undergraduate students in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry, the School has an active programme of taught postgraduate courses and postgraduate research students. In addition, staff members at the School are engaged in research activities across a range of specialist fields.
  3. The School was founded originally by the Wessex Regional Health Authority and in partnership with the University of Southampton took its first cohort of occupational therapy and physiotherapy students in 1993.
  4. At that time, the School occupied accommodation in Southampton General Hospital until a new building on the main university campus was ready for occupation in January 1995. Student and staff numbers at the School continued to expand as the School took in successive intakes of students and successfully competed for education contracts with several other regional health authorities.
  5. Having successfully established an undergraduate programme, the School turned to research and in 1996 appointed a Director of Research and established the Health Research Unit. In August 1999 the School was joined by the Wessex Centre for Podiatric Studies and the University Rehabilitation Research unit. To reflect the expansion and new composition of the School, and to mirror new changes in the regulatory legislation, the name of the School was altered in 1999 to the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences.
  6. As one of 20 Schools in the University of Southampton, students share learning resources, support services and social experiences with other students in this leading University, a member of the Russell Group. As health professionals, students also experience interprofessional learning as part of the New Generation Project.
  7. The School has a strong research profile achieving a high rating in the last Research Assessment Exercise for stand-alone allied health group. As a result, undergraduate programmes are taught from a research base, and there are a range of opportunities for postgraduate students.
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