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Occupational Therapy alumna founds academic community program to serve refugees with disabilities in Jordan

Rawan AlHeresh

I would absolutely recommend Brunel to others. I got a part-time scholarship from Brunel, which helped me greatly.

Rawan, Alumni, Postgraduate

Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc - 2008

From Jordan

Which country do you currently live in?

USA

Tell us about your educational and/or career journey since you graduated from Brunel?

After my time at Brunel, I completed my PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and started my full-time academic career in Boston. I realized I could make impactful change in my community back home, so I founded an Academic Community Program called "Toward an All-Inclusive Jordan”. Our program creates meaningful learning opportunities for rehabilitation students in the USA and Jordan while offering services to those who lack access to rehabilitation, such as refugees with disabilities in Jordan.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Teaching and research.

What’s been the highlight of your career journey so far?

Training American students in occupational therapy programs on rehabilitation interventions in refugee camps in the Middle East.

Would you say your Brunel experience has helped you to get where you are today?

Yes!

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

I would absolutely recommend Brunel to others. I got a part-time scholarship from Brunel, which helped me greatly.

What is your best memory of studying here?

The opening of the Mary Seacole building and meeting HRH Princess Anne.

If you could give one piece of advice to current Brunel students, what would that be?

Keep your eye on the prize, and persist! Everything happens for a reason!

What would be your top tip or key advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey after leaving Brunel?

Networking is key, find yourself a few mentors.

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