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 (http://www.theirworld.org/).
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