Health student’s very important day to remember


Health Students attend Students Day at Florence Nightingale Foundation

UoB Health Students Ben Horton and Kirsty Rowland were honoured to meet Sir Robert Francis QC (second left) and Geoffrey Walker OBE (far right)



As representatives of the School of Health Sciences, Midwifery student, Kirsty Rowland and mental health nursing student Ben Horton were privileged to join the Florence Nightingale Foundation in London, at their Students’ Day. Continue reading

Congratulations to The Brighton Midwifery Society who won BSU 2017 ‘Society of the Year’ award

What a fantastic event it was at the Brighton Student Union (BSU) Awards 2017 ceremony at Komedia Tuesday night.

It was a incredible evening celebrating the very best in student volunteering, student representation and outstanding teaching.  With such great nominations in each category, it must have been a difficult decision to identify only one winner per category.

However, for the School of Health Sciences there were a number of clear winners across our Midwifery Society, as we are pleased to announce and congratulate –

The Brighton Midwifery Society who won ‘Society of the Year’ award!

Brighton Student Union Awards Midwifery Society PhotoThe BSU presented the award to The Brighton Midwifery Society for all their amazing work and their contribution in developing their offering for the benefit of students.

The award is well deserved as for many who know them, know that they have worked incredibly hard to spread their knowledge, and bring about increased awareness and information around pregnancy and birth.

Congratulations to all the BSU nominees and the winners across the University of Brighton! You make us very proud!

BSU Student Awards Nominees and Winners

BSU Awards 2017 – Nominations for School of Health Sciences

Following the recent announcement by the Brighton Student Union (BSU) of the Union Awards for 2017, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) are pleased to announce that we have received the following nominations in the BSU Awards 2017:

Society of the Year (Group)
For the society that has done amazing work to develop their offering for students.
They may have significantly increased their membership, created new events and activities and opportunities or developed strong working relationships within the University, the local community or nationally to enhance the experience for their members.

The Midwifery Society
The Brighton Midwifery Society’s aim is to spread knowledge and information around pregnancy and birth. They are open to Midwives, Student Midwives, prospective Student Midwives as well as mothers and fathers who want to expand their learning pertaining to this pivotal time in their lives. Midwives are the experts in normality and the Society aims to promote normal birth, in all its different incarnations, whilst building up a community of like-minded individuals with a passion for Midwifery.


Best Feedback
For the tutor who provides the most helpful feedback on your work.

Helen Fiddler
Helen qualified as a physiotherapist in London. She gained an MSc Research in Remedial and Caring Practice from Loughborough University. Helen then worked for many years as a physiotherapist specialising in treating both adults and children with cardiac and respiratory problems.
She is currently programme leader for postgraduate courses in the School of Health Sciences, course leader for the MSc Physiotherapy and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Health Sciences.

The Union Awards are a great part of the academic year in which we get to celebrate the achievements and hard work of staff across the University and the Union. Whether it’s an inspirational lecturer or a student volunteer – every effort is made to celebrate the work of everyone across campuses.

BSU stated that, “There was a phenomenal response, with 630 nominations submitted across all awards categories for amazing people at the University of Brighton. It’s simply brilliant that this many people have nominated somebody that they think are fantastic!”.
The winner’s will be announced on the Tuesday, 16th May at the award ceremony being held at Komedia, Brighton.
Well done and good luck Helen and The Midwifery Society!!

Midwifery student conference

A one day conference organised and led by midwifery students was held at Falmer on the 22nd July. This very successful day saw a range of speakers and workshops, including BARONESS JULIA CUMBERLEGE speaking about the recent Better Births national report on the future of the maternity services. Continue reading

Staff successes – March 2016

Helen Fidler told me today her PhD amendments have been approved. Many congratulations Helen!

Claire Hebron has been appointed as the social media editor for the Manual Therapy Journal – we will soon all be looking at you Clare for guidance on social media. Colette Ridehalgh has been invited to join the International advisory board for the Manual Therapy journal. Two staff associated with this journal in one week – the team must be doing something right in this field!

Lee Price was successful in his accreditation for the D3 Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Lee is very modest and I had to find out about this news items through ‘special sources’. Apparently, his case studies were excellent.

Sarah Lewis-Tulett was appointed to be the permanent course leader for the 3 year midwifery course. She has undertaken the role as interim lead since Sept 15. Theo Fotis has agreed to take on the role of Course Leader  Health MSc and variants (‘and Education’ and ‘and Management’) from Linnette King from April 2016. And Colin Paterson will be  taking on Course Leadership  Sports Injury Management MSc from Lucy Redhead from September 2016.

Chris Cocking and Nigel Sherriff entered into the university research office poster competition and won 2nd prize at the celebration of research event. A very good example of communicating research findings to those not in the same field.

Graduation congratulations from the Head of Health Sciences

I attended my first Brighton graduation yesterday and was hugely inspired seeing our new graduates come across the podium to receive their awards. I would like to congratulate all the students who successfully passed their degrees and extend a huge thanks to the academic and professional services staff who have supported them along the way. The speeches during the event were excellent and it was particularly fitting for Sarah Brown to be awarded an honorary doctorate during our ceremony. As you probably know, Sarah founded a global charity Theirworld which is committed to scientific and community research to help the most vulnerable children have the best start in life and the greatest opportunity to realise their potential (

Congratulations also go to three of our own staff who received awards at the ceremony. Sarah Lewis-Tulett, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Course Leader for BSc(Hons) Midwifery, was awarded an MSc Health. Channine Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, received the prestigious Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award. David Haines, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Course Leader for BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy, was awarded a PhD for work entitled: Occupational therapy supporting people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities to engage meaningfully in activities at home.

Victoria Rajkovic-Kimber received the Queen¹s Nursing Institute Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize for Outstanding achievement as a District Nursing student.

Professor Paula Kersten, PhD

Head of School of Health Sciences