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Occupational Therapy Student Conference

You can build connections or collaborate with clinicians and industry experts in our annual Occupational Therapy Student Conference.

Organised by students for students, you’ll come together with fellow occupational therapy students at Brunel to create a conference that inspires and engages all who attend.

Every year, a new theme for the conference is set which aims to explore the latest influences and developments within occupational therapy. You’ll play your part in making this conference come alive through organising interactive workshops as well as seminars hosted by insightful speakers and experts with a range of different experiences and clinical backgrounds.

The student conference also enables you to mingle with others from close by and distant universities and countries, providing opportunity to gain an international perspective on occupational therapy.

2019 Occupational Therapy Student Conference

The annual Brunel Occupational Therapy Student Conference took place at Brunel University London on 5 April 2019.  A diverse range of keynote speakers and workshop lecturers were invited to speak at the conference. Keynote lectures from  Jen Gash (OT Coach), Dementia Specialist, Jackie Pool and Laura Fischer (trauma and neuropsychology specialist) captured the attention of the many attendees, offering their perspectives on the future of healthcare, the profession and ourselves as individuals. Three sessions of workshops ran throughout the day, covering topics such as sensory processing in the classroom, the language barriers faces in dementia, working with the homeless population, the perspectives o service users and opportunities for volunteering abroad.
Following qualitative feedback from this year’s attendees, we found out that inviting speakers working in different settings or with different backgrounds provided a wide variety of topics to fit the interests of our attendees and encouraged thinking from different perspectives. Moreover, participants felt happy and welcomed at the conference. Additionally, attendees felt adequately provided for at lunch. The attendees also appreciated having maps and information provided prior to the conference.

The committee are grateful for everyone who attended from clinicians to alumni, current students and prospective students alike; thank-you for making the day a success, without you all we would not have been able to have such an interesting day. We hope to see you all again next year and hopefully you’ll encourage your friends to come along too!

2018 Occupational Therapy Student Conference

The 2018 conference explored the various dynamics and influences of occupation through the theme: The Transformative Power of Occupation.

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2017 Occupational Therapy Student Conference

Celebrating 100 years of Occupational Therapy, the 2017 student conference focused on the move of Occupational Therapy into the forefront of health care, with keynote lectures from Professor Hanneke van Bruggen, who has worked internationally in helping establish and develop the profession, and Professor Sally Kendall, a pioneer in the field of primary care.
The day included a mix of keynote lectures and interactive and insightful workshops and seminars from leading clinicians on topics ranging from eating disorders, working as an expert witness, using iPads for children with autism, sexuality and refugees. Speakers came from a range of settings including Great Ormond Street Hospital, NHS trusts, private practice and academia.


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