Graduate Teaching Assistants, Sophie Oduyale and Flavia Ghouri, were recently successful in being awarded funding from the university’s deans for diversity to organise an event to suppport and empower the diverse range of undergraduate students enrolled on the pharmacy course.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the regulatory body for pharmacists, released a report in 2016 highlighting a significant discrepancy in the pre-registration examination pass rate based on ethnicity – passing this exam is essential for registering as a pharmacist in the UK. Figures from the university also suggests a disparity based on race in terms of achieving a first or upper-second classfication. Through this funding, we endeavour to support and develop our students by running a series of events focusing on overcoming issues that might otherwise affect students’ learning and progress.
We plan to run a three-day workshop event, spread across the autumn and spring terms, targeting pharmacy undergraudate students. The objectives are to; create an accessibility to positive Black and Minority Ethnic BAME role models, promote cultural awareness to different styles of learning, encourage students in seeking opportunities beyond university, and an introduction to emotional awareness including its relevance to interviews and learning at university. At the end of each session, the students will have the opportunity to network with each other and the guest speakers to encourage the formation of supportive peer networks.
Please watch the space for further information and announcements.
Dr. Hollywood’s presentation at EHPS 2019
Dr. Amelia Hollywood, Lecturer in Health Services Research and her PhD student, Flavia Ghouri, attended the 33rd Annual European Health Psychology Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Dr. Hollywood presented a study that she had conducted on the wellbeing of early career academics. The results from this study highlighted that well-being was higher in academics who percieved high job security and control over their work environment. The study concluded that facilitating self-efficacy could lead to fostering a productive environment.
Flavia’s presentation at EHPS 2019
Flavia presented a poster of a study where she interveiwed women who had experienced urinary infections in pregnancy. The study showed that women had low self-efficacy in terms of managing their health to prevent infection and were uncertain on how antimicrobial resistance can be tackled by society.
Flavia, GTA in pharmacy practice, attended the BISS Summer School 2019
The Wellcome Global Monitor is a worldwide study on how people perceive science and health issues. Results from this study has shown that 79% of people believe in the safety of vaccines while in the UK, this figure drops to 75%. Vaccination is a vital health intervention that saves lives by preventing vaccine preventable diseases. It is also a key strategy in tackling antimicrobial resistance, a global health threat, by reducing the need for antibiotics. Flavia, GTA in pharmacy practice, attended a summer school organised by the University of Erfurt and World Health Organisation in August. The summer school focused on behavioural insights on how to strengthen immunisation programmes by following the Tailoring Immunisation Programmes (TIP) approach. Flavia will give a talk at the Pharmacy school seminar on 3rd Oct 19 to share her learning from the summer school by presenting the core elements of the TIP process to design interventions that can improve vaccination uptake.
Dr. Amelia Hollywood with her rugby team
Dr Amelia Hollywood, Lecturer in Health Services Research in the Reading School of Pharmacy, was selected to represent the South East of England and play in the England Nationals Masters Tournament.
The South East Sharks won the masters women’s category, after winning all their games with an overall score line of 49 tries for and only 5 tries against!
The Rugby World Cup starts this Friday, 20th September, with Japan taking on Russia. You can watch all the games on ITV to cheer on your country.
If you are inspired and would like to give a less contact version of rugby a try, there are o2 touch session running at the University of Reading Sports Park. More information can be found here: https://www.o2touch.co.uk/centres/university-of-reading/20711/
Professor Kath and PhD students at her retirement lunch
Professor Kath Ryan retired from the department in the summer after being in the school for four years. She has been a valuable member of staff within pharmacy practice in her role as Professor of Social Pharmacy. During her time in Reading, she made significant impact through her multiple research interests and through her supervision of numerous PhD, MSc and undergraduate pharmacy students. She provided a wealth of research experience and her support and guidance has been greatly valued by her colleagues and students. Following her retirement, Kath will be involved in the development of the pharmacy curriculum in Kenya which demonstrates her commitment and expert contribution to pharmacy practice. We wish her the best for all her future endeavors.