Students Staff

19 September 2019

Are you looking after your eyes?

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Tags: , , — Laura Mathias @ 10:46 am
With National Eye Health Week coming up, our Health Safety and Wellbeing Manager, Stuart Henty, talks about the importance of looking after your eyesight.

Many people fear losing their vision but take minimal steps in caring for their eyes.

National Eye Health Week (23 – 29 September 2019) aims to inspire and educate on the importance of eye health.

Stuart Henty

Stuart Henty, Health Safety and Wellbeing Manager

Did you know that:

  • 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable.
  • A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough.
  • During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure could be detected.

A poor diet, smoking and failing to wear eye protection in bright sunlight have been shown to affect eye health.

It is also important to take regular, short breaks away from your computer screen. By taking your focus off your screen, you are relaxing your eye muscles and ultimately reducing eye fatigue. Staring at a computer screen for a long period of time can lead to a number of health issues, including blurred vision, tired and dry eyes, and headaches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend booking an eye test.

Are you entitled to a free eye test?

If you use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) or require protective prescription goggles then you are entitled to a Smart Employee Eye care voucher once a year. The voucher entitles you to a free eyesight test at an affiliated optician and a free pair of single vision Video Display Unit (VDU) glasses or safety goggles from the SEE range or a £25 contribution towards a pair of glasses of your choice.

Click here to claim your voucher and find out more

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12 November 2013

Outstanding students celebrated at Dean’s List reception

Executive Dean Professor Graham Underwood with students

Executive Dean Professor Graham Underwood with students at the Dean’s List reception

Our talented students were invited to the first Dean’s List reception organised by the Faculty of Science and Health this week.

Many were even served drinks by their heads of department at the informal celebration which is part of our strategy to celebrate excellence at the University. Similar events are also being organised by other faculties to highlight the achievement s of their Dean’s List students.

The Dean’s List recognises current students who achieved high marks including Firsts and Distinctions in the previous academic year.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Health Professor Graham Underwood said: “It is great that we were able to celebrate the hard work and achievements of these excellent students.

“The evening was very enjoyable, with a combination of short talks, conversation and refreshments.  I enjoyed personally speaking to as many students as possible, and hearing their positive views of their courses and University life.”

During the evening staff gave presentations about their research work with Dr Edd Codling talking about the mathematics of cows, Professor Debi Roberson discussing her travels with a lightbox and Dr Matt Jones explaining what causes jetlag.

Staff supporting the event included Professor Christine Raines, Professor Maria Fasli, Professor Jo Jackson, Professor Sheina Orbell and Deputy Dean (Education) Dr David Penman.

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1 November 2013

Essex launches innovative new work-based learning nursing course

Filed under: Latest news — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 10:37 am

The School of Health and Human Sciences has introduced an innovative new pathway to BSc Nursing (Mental Health), based on work-based learning.

The new pathway, developed in conjunction with North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (NEPT), enables foundation degree students to complete their training to become a registered nurse. The students, who are already employed by NEPT full-time, spend two days a week studying for the degree.

The pathway, thought to be the first of its kind for mental health, has been designed to meet the needs of a small number of students who have already attained a foundation degree. On completion, the students will have met the requirements to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and attained the necessary credits for a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health).

This new pathway builds on the existing BSc and MSc pre-registration education the School has been delivering since 2004.

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19 August 2013

Award for research physios

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Tags: — Communications Office @ 10:40 am
Colchester General Hospital

Colchester General Hospital

Two physiotherapists have won a prize for their role in University research into ways of improving a distressing condition affecting millions of women in the UK.

Samantha Head and Faith Gage, who are based at Colchester General Hospital, are working with academics from Essex to investigate whether the addition of a Pilates class to standard physiotherapy care can improve outcomes for women with urinary incontinence.

Miss Head and the Pilates Research Team won an achievement commendation in the Essex and Hertfordshire Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) Best Practice Event Awards.

The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.

Professor Gill Green, Director, NIHR Research Design Service East of England, said: “The research addresses an important and distressing condition affecting more than five million women in the UK.

“This study is a beacon of good practice demonstrating effective collaborative working between NHS clinicians, university academics, and administrative staff.”

Miss Head, who was among the first cohort of physiotherapists to graduate from the University in 2006, is leading the project, which is currently using Modified Pilates to treat some patients with urinary incontinence and has seen improvements in symptoms and quality of life with these patients.

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