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Physiotherapy students to build connections and enhance graduate career opportunities at research conference

More than 50 University of Gloucestershire students will showcase research, build connections and enhance their graduate career opportunities in the health sector at the 2024 Physiotherapy Student Research Conference.

Hosted by the University’s School of Health and Social Care, the showpiece event for its Physiotherapy students will include delegates from the University’s health and social care sector partners who facilitate clinical placement work within the community as part of academic programmes.

The 2024 Physiotherapy Student Research Conference will include a keynote speech from Jo Jones, the Deputy Head of the School of Health and Social Care, on the theme of aspiring future careers in physiotherapy.

Papers to be presented by final-year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students include research around recovery after strokes, the management of children with cerebral palsy, exercise to prevent falls and improve balance in older adults, and sports injuries.

The extensive range of research has been generated from modules delivered by Physiotherapy research lead and Senior Lecturer, Dr Anne Daykin, designed to help prepare students for successful and rewarding evidence-based practice.

Becki Albrighton, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, said: “The Physiotherapy Student Research Conference offers our students a unique opportunity to disseminate valuable research, hone their presentation skills, and make connections with health and social care professionals.

“Beyond the academic benefits for our students, the conference fosters stronger connections with our clinical colleagues, promotes innovation in research, and exemplifies our commitment to providing high-quality teaching and academic excellence in nurturing the future leaders of physiotherapy.

“We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our practice educators from our health and social care partners who support and educate our students for the clinical placement work they do as part of their courses, to improve their professional practice.”

The conference will take place at the University’s Oxstalls Campus on Tuesday, 25 June. If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing Becki Albrighton on

Image: Physiotherapy students with a tutor at University of Gloucestershire