GCU celebrates three decades of physiotherapy graduates

31 March 2015

GCU celebrates three decades of physiotherapy graduates

The first intake of BSc Physiotherapy students was at GCU founding institution Queen’s College in 1982

As Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) marks 30 years of physiotherapy graduates, the School of Health and Life Sciences will launch its celebrations this week.

Jane Green, GCU’s Head of Physiotherapy and Assistant Head of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences, and Professor Tracey Howe, Professor of Rehabilitation at GCU, will host stalls at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s (CSP) Physiotherapy Works event in Glasgow.

Held at Celtic Park, it is one of a series of free events taking place across the UK for private practitioners, those in the independent and third sectors, and NHS staff. With inspirational talks and workshops, it aims to bring together physiotherapy staff to inspire change across all specialisms and fields of activity.

It is part of the CSP’s three-year Physiotherapy Works programme aimed at increasing demand for physiotherapy services by communicating how physiotherapy can help people live better and longer, prevent ill health, get people out of hospital and back to work after illness.

For GCU, the event will offer the opportunity to showcase its postgraduate physiotherapy programmes and highlight the 30th anniversary physiotherapy degree graduates at the University.

The first intake of BSc Physiotherapy students was at GCU founding institution Queen’s College in 1982. These students went on to graduate in 1985; they were the first Physiotherapy graduates in Scotland and the second in the UK.

Jane Green said: “Professor Howe and I are delighted to represent GCU at the Physiotherapy Works event and are delighted to kick off the 30th anniversary celebrations.

“Over the past 30 years, graduates from GCU have made a huge impact in the field of physiotherapy.”

This is the first of several events planned throughout the 30th anniversary year. In May, past and present students and staff will be invited to a reunion event at the University. 

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