Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Visit crowns UUJ event

HRH the Princess Royal meets Sammy Wilson MP MLA on arrival to the Jordanstown campus

Staff at Jordanstown were treated to a royal celebration as they marked an education milestone with a visit from Princess Anne.

As part of a day long-trip to Northern Ireland the Princess Royal travelled to the Ulster University's Jordanstown campus to mark the 40th Anniversary of Occupational Therapy Education in Ulster. While on campus, the patron of the College of Occupational Therapists across the UK toured a workshop and exhibition showcasing the work of the University in the fields of occupational therapy, research innovation and knowledge transfer.

She met University staff and students as well as senior representatives from the College of Occupational Therapists, charities, voluntary and community groups and companies whose work has benefited from the knowledge, expertise and innovation of University researchers.

The University of Ulster is the only provider of degree-level occupational therapy education in Northern Ireland.

Princess Anne last visited the University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus in June 2009 when she toured the new world-class sport and recreation facilities which were opened by Lord Coe in 2008.

Vice-Chancellor of the campus, Professor Richard Barnett, said: "I am delighted once again to welcome HRH The Princess Royal on her third visit to the University of Ulster. As in her previous visits, she showed great interest in and enthusiasm for our work.

"We are at the forefront of teaching and research in occupational therapy, and I am pleased that we were able to showcase these important aspects of our activity."

Julia Scott, Chief Executive, College of Occupational Therapists said: "The University of Ulster is a significant part of occupational therapy's history and it is thanks to the pioneering work of Joy Rook that we welcome many more students into the profession today.

"The visit of HRH The Princess Royal is a momentous occasion for staff and students and recognises strong partnerships between the University and its local community. The work of the academic staff exemplifies the vital importance of the collaboration between research, education and best practice all of which support the health and wellbeing of Northern Ireland's population."

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