29 June 2011
The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, made his first visit to Canterbury Christ Church University's Medway Campus on Monday, 27 June.
L-R:Revd Dr Jeremy Law (Dean of Chapel), Rt Revd James Langstaff (Bishop of Rochester), Professor Robin Baker CMG (Vice-Chancellor), Professor Margaret Andrew (Pro-Vice Chancellor Students), Peter Milburn (Campus Director)
Bishop James, who was installed as the 107th Bishop of Rochester last December, was welcomed by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, and Campus Director, Peter Milburn, as well as academic staff and students studying on the Midwifery, Radiography and Occupational Therapy degree courses.
Bishop James said: “Today has been really interesting. I had read a lot about the courses and training offered by the campus, but I hadn’t quite perceived the focus on professions allied to health care. The courses are quite clearly very closely integrated with what is going on in the wider world and have connections with local health care providers and hospitals. The quality and high grade of facilities here at Medway is also fantastic to see.
“Christ Church, as we know, has a Church of England Foundation and I am very keen to build upon, and strengthen, our relationship as both I and the University have a joint interest in the wellbeing of Medway.”
The event provided an opportunity for staff and students to explain and demonstrate some of the work undertaken by the University in relation to Health, Social Care and Early Childhood Studies.
Third year Occupational Therapy student, Louise Ivory, explains an OT excercise to Bishop James.
Louise Ivory, a final year Occupational Therapy student, showed Bishop James how a small tool assessment can help test people’s dexterity levels and help get them back into employment. She said: “As an Occupational Therapist, our aim is to help people get back to the level of independence they had before an accident, or any health, social or emotional problems that may have changed their circumstances.
“The small tool assessment can help test levels of dexterity, as well as provide insight into a person’s cognitive abilities. By checking the levels of someone’s dexterity we can assess what adaptations an employer might need to make to ensure an employee can go back to work.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Medway. The course has been great, with some really good work placements. I’m so glad I choose Occupational Therapy as it’s a good feeling to know that your work is making a big difference to someone’s quality of life.”
Second year Radiography student, Chenai Matibiri, shows Bishop James a medical imaging procedure.
Peter Milburn, Campus Director, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Bishop James to the University and have the opportunity to explain the role we are playing in educating and training key skilled public sector workers for Medway, as well as supporting regeneration in the region.
“The visit also gave us the opportunity to have a preliminary discussion on potential exciting areas of collaboration and research between the Diocesan and University, as well as welcoming the Bishop as a new Governor of the University.”
For more information on foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at Medway visit the University’s website: www.canterbury.ac.uk/Medway
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.