Podiatry graduate to NHS Chief Executive

Siobhan Melia, awarded a degree in podiatry by the University of Brighton 21 years ago spoke to health care graduates at the university’s summer awards ceremony at the Brighton Centre last week, on Wednesday 26 July.

The Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said she is humbled every day by her colleagues’ strive to go “above and beyond” for patients.

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Marian’s 100km night time ride to raise money for Women vs Cancer!

When most will be sleeping, on the night of 27th May 2017, University of Brighton, Academic Lead for Community Health, Marian Willmer, will be cycling 100km to raise money for Women Vs. Cancer!

Marian was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015 and shortly after had a succession of surgery, chemotherapy and finally radiotherapy in February 2016. Thankfully she is one of the lucky women to have survived cancer and as a result in her desire to give something back, she has decided to raise money for Women vs Cancer.

The Women V Cancer Ride the Night is a joint initiative that supports three amazing charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

With over 4,000 women taking part, and a target to raise £2 million pounds, the aim of the night is to help raise funds for the three charities, raise awareness and get more women cycling!

To help prepare for the gruelling 100km bike ride, Marian and her biker gal friend are training incredible hard to help raise the money for this fantastic cause!  In Marian’s own words she has said that she is ‘feeling rather nervous about achieving this challenge and needs encouragement through your donations!’.

If you would like to help support Marian and the Women Vs Cancer initiative, please donate today via her justgiving.com page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bikergals.

 

Goodbye Penny!

Penny LindleyThis August, we say goodbye to Dr Penny Lindley who will be taking her well earned retirement after nearly a decade in the School. Penny has held a variety of roles in her time with the University, and most recently has been Assistant Head of Schooland Programme Lead for Community Health Programmes.

We will miss Penny but wish her all the best for a long and fulfilling retirement.

Paramedic Practice – successful review by HCPC

We also received the excellent news this week that our Paramedic Practice BSc has been successfully reviewed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  The review was due to an increase in the numbers of students on the programme . The team have worked incredibly hard on establishing this programme and we are delighted with this re-approval.

Professor Paula Kersten, PhD

Head of School of Health Sciences