Are you starting your studies in 2017 – 2018? Worried about student loan debt?

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The BBC has put together the video below answering some questions about student loan debt which we think will be helpful, particularly in relation to what having a debt will do to your credit rating and when will you have to pay back your student loan.



An exchange visit with Kobe, Japan

Jan Jensen, Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Lizzie Appleton, 2nd year Occupational Therapy student, are currently spending a week in Kobe, Japan as guests of the Konan Women’s University -,Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Jan and Lizzie along with 8 nursing students and two other members of staff are visiting as a part of an exchange programme. If you would like to follow their visit just follow the link below:-


Louise Sparkles wins the university’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award!

Louise Student awards ceremonyCONGRATULATIONS to Louise Sparkles, S’15 Occupational Therapy student who has just been awarded the Outstanding University Volunteer of the Year award.

Along with Emma Saunders, another S’15 occupational therapy student, Louise was nominated by Sarah Harvey, senior lecturer, for all their hard work at all the Canterbury recruitment events during the past year, resulting in lots of positive feedback for both students, but one in particular for Louise, who went out of her way on a study day to show a prospective student around the Canterbury campus.

Louise says: “I would like to say a big thank you to Sarah Harvey for nominating me for the award, I was truly surprised to have received it! I enjoy volunteering on the Open Days and speaking about the value of studying Occupational Therapy to prospective students and I feel really pleased that I have inspired another mature student to undertake the course. I look forward to volunteering at these events in future.”

The team are delighted with Louise’s much deserved win and thank both Emma and Louise for their support over the past year.

New research published

Eve HuttonCongratulations to Dr. Eve Hutton, Reader in Occupational Therapy, who has had a couple of publications recently related to paediatrics:-

1. Patton S and Hutton E (2017) “Exploring the participation of children with Down Syndrome in Handwriting Without Tears” Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 10 (2)

2. Hotham, S., Hamilton-West K.E., Hutton, E., King, A. and Abbott N. (2017) “A study into the effectiveness of a postural care training programme aimed at improving knowledge, understanding, and confidence in parents and school staff” Child: Care, Health and Development pp.1-9

Critical Suicidology 2.0 Conference

The Critical Suicidology 2 conference takes place at Canterbury Christ Church from 29th June to 1st July.

With 43 academics and experts by experience from 14 different countries having so far confirmed their attendance as presenters, this important conference  will highlight the limits of mainstream approaches to understanding and responding to suicide, and is committed to incorporating more diverse and contextualized perspectives into theory and practice.

 For more details please contact co-organisers Ian Marsh (ian.marsh@canterbury.ac.uk) or Annie Hayford (annie.hayford@canterbury.ac.uk).’


3rd year students visit the House of Lords

Four 3rd year occupational therapy students from the S’14 cohort (Canterbury) – Janine Knights, Abby Jones, Amy Taylor and Olayinka Lawal-Kakawa, accompanied by John Chacksfield, recently attended a talk at the House of Lords on “Healthy Ageing – what do you need to know” as part of their Innovation and Enterprise module.

The talk, a frank discussion, focused on mental health, hormonal changes and osteoporosis and, they also got to visit parts of the Houses of Parliament including the medieval Westminster Hall.

House of Lords


New training film available – “Collaborative Care Planning”

Over the past year, Sarah Harvey, Senior Lecturer, has been managing, a project funded by the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, and received a HEIF School/Centre Knowledge Exchange Award for 2015-16.

The Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust (KMPT) identified a need to improve the care planning process and approached CCCU to make an empathy raising film to improve this process.

Working with 3rd year CCCU occupational therapy student, Pippa Collins,  Lucie Duncan, Occupational Therapy lead, for Community Mental Health, KMPT and 3rd year students from the CCCU School of Media, Art and Design, along with other KMPT staff, service users and carers, they collaboratively developed an empathy raising film to promote collaborative care planning.

The film has now been incorporated into a training package for KMPT, as part of their mandatory training  to promote recovery in mental health. It has also been added to the Enabling Occupational Change module with occupational therapy students and will soon be extended to all health and social care students working in mental health.

Sarah says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone on the project. I have learnt a tremendous amount from seeing situations from another perspective, and have a new respect for the complexity of film-making! I would like to thank all of those who have brought their own personal experience to the project in order to inform our understanding and influence our future learning.”

If you would like to know more about the film, please contact Sarah – sarah.harvey2@canterbury.ac.uk


Occupational Therapy Information Evening

Are you interested in a career in Occupational Therapy and want to know more about the opportunities available to you, plus our programme and facilities in Canterbury?

Academic staff and some students currently on the programme will be available to tell you more and answer your questions at the next Health and Social Care Information Evening on Tuesday 25th April from 17.00 – 19.00 at the North Holmes Road campus in Canterbury.


For more information:- http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/open-days/subject-specific/healthcare-public-health-social-care-information-evening-25-04-2017.aspx


S’15 Teach a Skill Day

The S15, 2nd year students, held their Teach a Skill Day this past week – the finale to the Developing Skills for Occupational Therapy Practice module, when students teach each other a skill that they feel has therapeutic value and could be added to their “toolbox” of Occupational Therapy interventions.

Always a fun day full of diverse activities which included making paper flowers, marzipan pigs, pom poms, a sensory stimulation tool, planting spring flowers, making vegetable sushi, learning a song using plastic cups and learning ballet steps and much, much, more.