Within the sports faculty, the University enjoys sporting collaborations with Plymouth Argyle FC, plus several nationally renowned swimming and diving clubs. In addition, faculty staff provide sports science clinic support to elite athletes, which has the added benefit of giving students fascinating insight and hands-on experience during their vocational courses.
In terms of community health links, the faculty regularly runs a sponsored MacMillan Cancer Care clinic, and an NHS back pain clinic, delivering GP exercise referrals locally. The faculty has also built strong links with the military, including with the Institute of Naval Medicine. Not only does this build fantastic networks and put students right at the heart of their learning, it contributes to the faculty’s ongoing research activities and publications.
This faculty’s business links are many and varied. Faculty staff hold voluntary consultant positions, deliver workshops, act as editors for websites, devise guest classes and summer schools, work as local and national freelance journalists for the BBC, radio and national press, and much, much more. These links, in particular within the wider media, allow staff to invite their respected peers in to work with students. Susan Clark, Assistant Editor at Devon Life, commented: "I was very impressed by the standard of the work produced for a brief I set the students. I could, quite happily, have commissioned several of the pitches that were made to me as part of this project. It was clear to me that from the training these students had received, they had gained all the journalistic skills needed to catch an employer's eye and get a job in journalism."
The Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) team have links with Parkinson’s UK at local and national levels, The Stroke Association, Connect Support Cornwall, Hannahwood Trust, the West of England Gender Identity Clinic and many more. As well as building relationships with these organisations, our staff hold memberships to celebrated British SLT organisations, allowing us to regularly bring in highly skilled, experienced SLTs to work with our students and share their knowledge and expertise. Similarly, our people are often asked to attend external organisations to deliver training days and presentations to inspire and develop staff members. SLT team members are regularly asked to contribute to, edit and co-author research pieces and articles for publication. Senior Lecturer Sally Bates devised Webfon, an online resource which supports teaching and learning phonetic transcription on clinical and non-clinical degree programmes, and as part of clinicians’ CPD.
We are closely involved with a number of local, national and international research activities in both the business and public sectors. Performing research in association with our professional partners means we get to develop valuable collaborations for the University, and publish the kind of meaningful, relevant research which really makes a difference in modern business. For example, our speech and language therapists developed an e-learning resource for healthcare professionals for NHS Health Education England aimed at health visitors, family practitioners, nurses and the child health team and to promote knowledge and understanding of typical speech and language development. If you’d like to find out more about working with our researchers please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.