There’s more to job hunting than meets the eye

Looking for work says more about you than you think, according to research by one of our postgraduate OT students. Marna de Bruyn’s research revealed how the process is full of challenges related to the job seeker’s identity and to navigating institutions.

Marna de Bruyn

Marna’s research for her MSc Occupational Therapy degree, has been published in the Journal of Occupational Science. Marna, from South Africa and already a qualified occupational therapist, was supported during her studies with a UK Government Chevening Scholarship. Her paper was co-written by her university supervisor Dr Josh Cameron, Principal Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences.

The study explored the meaning of job-seeking as a human experience and occupation, and involved in-depth interviews with a job seeker at various stages of her search.

The 55-year old volunteer had been job-seeking for three months following redundancy. Initially, she was searching for administrative employment but by the end of the research project she had abandoned job-seeking to pursue a year-long, full-time course in counselling with the future aim of completing a university degree.

The research showed how her understanding of herself and her identity influenced how she made sense of job seeking. The authors said: “This process included encountering threats to her identity.”

There was also analysis of the supports and set-backs she experienced during job seeking, some of which were in her control and some were not.

The authors concluded that job-seeking is a “rich human occupation” influenced by internal and external factors related to the person, their occupations and environment. Future research, they said, could build on these insights by considering the efficacy of these internal and external supports and how job-seeking varies across different cultural and social contexts.

 

Excellence in Learning and Teaching – SHS award winners

The university’s annual awards for learning and teaching were announced at this year’s Learning and Teaching conference. Continue reading

Graduation – prizewinners, the class of 2017

This week, more than 4,400 University of Brighton students graduated at our ceremonies at the Brighton Centre, which started on Tuesday (25 July). Students aged 19 – 79 and from over 90 countries dressed in gowns and mortarboards to collect their awards. Continue reading

The British Science Festival at Brighton

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex is co-hosting the British Science Festival this year. The event, which is the longest, established science Festival in Europe takes place from 5th– 9th September and features an array of interesting events in an exciting daytime and evening programme.

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2nd National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings

The second National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings will take place on 6th September 2017. Continue reading

NH 6170- Operating Theatre Practice module

Op theatre ImageContinuing and Postgraduate Education in Health Sciences (CPGE).

In 2011 a report by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) has identified that there are significant challenges regarding the identification and care pathway of high risk surgical patients.

This module has been developed to enable registered nurses, operating department practitioners and midwives working in operating theatre departments to extend and develop their knowledge and skills to provide quality care of the highest standard for patients throughout the perioperative phase.  Continue reading

Students can join the Olympic gold rush

The Rio Olympic Games have shown that not only has Great Britain has some of the best athletes in the world but also how students can take up top careers to help achieve more to medal successes.

They include: head of performance, head of sports nutrition performance analysis, physiotherapists, podiatrists, engineers and sports journalists. Continue reading

New Postgraduate Certificate in Education- ‘Transforming professional practice through Education’

 

A new interprofessional Postgraduate Certificate in Education is expected to start In October 2016.  This new programme has been designed to critically develop health professional educator’s knowledge, competence and confidence to a strategic level for their educational role at work, both in practice and academic institutions. The aims of the programme are:

 

  • To enable health professionals to critically develop their competence and confidence in a range of teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation strategies in health, social care and higher education practice settings.
  • To develop the in-depth knowledge and skills of health professionals with an educational role or interest in teaching and learning so that they may design, plan, lead and manage creative, considered, supportive learning experiences which meet the initial and continuing learning needs of individuals working and learning in health, social care and HEI settings.
  • To provide the framework for exposure to exciting and comprehensive experiences in teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation that will achieve the UK Professional Standards framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education requirements.

The course can be taken full time over one academic year or part time over two academic years. Students undertake three modules (20 credits each) and the course is delivered through a blended learning experience with attendance of learning activities and workshops expected at University alongside structured `e` activity.  All applications are reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have a question about this course, our enquiries team will be happy to help.

01273 644644
enquiries@brighton.ac.uk

Contacts:

Channine Clarke   01273 643771   c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk

Tracy Szekely       01273 643947   T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

Sara Hadland       01273 643873   S.Hadland@brighton.ac.uk

 

Source: Occupational Therapy newsletter – Feb 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

European MSc in Occupational Therapy accreditation success

The European MSc in Occupational Therapy underwent two re-accreditations at once: the programme accreditation according to the standards of the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Institute NVAO (Nederlands Vlaamse accreditatieorganisatie) and the Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation according to the ECA standards (European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education). The quality of the OT-Euromaster has been found to be very good by NVAO. So good in fact that there is no other programme within the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, that has received such a high level result. This fantastic news was released on the 9th May 2016. The accreditation is an important milestone for the OT-EuroMaster, that motivates the management and teaching teams to strive for further development and innovation.

Posgraduate courses – periodic reviews

There were several successful periodic reviews on 15th June. Well done to the course teams for MSc degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Health Promotion and International Health Promotion. Professional bodies and external reviewers were complimentary with a number of commendations. The teams had worked well together to promote inter-professional learning, highlight staff and student research and reflect contemporary healthcare locally, nationally and internationally. This review was the second at PG level across the merged School of Health Sciences.

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