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University Welcomes Former British Medical Association President

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The former president of the British Medical Association (BMA), Baroness Hollins, visited the University of Worcester last month to explore the impact of a series of books she has created for people with learning disabilities.

Academics and students from the institutes of Health, Education and Sport and Exercise Science met the Baroness, currently the Chair of the BMA Board of Science, who gave a presentation on the ‘Books Beyond Words’ series.

The books are designed to showcase the power of pictures to children and adults who experience difficulties in reading, and help people with communication and learning disabilities understand life challenges and experiences.

During Baroness Hollins’ visit, opportunities for new partnership programmes with the University of Worcester were outlined, and the potential for Worcester’s academics and students to use the books in community and research projects discussed.

Head of Sport and Exercise Science, Mick Donovan, who hosted the visit, said: “We were delighted to welcome Baroness Hollins to the University of Worcester and learn more about the innovative work that she is doing. 

“There are clearly some very exciting opportunities for collaborative work with the University.’

Baroness Hollins is Professor of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability at St George’s, University of London and has been a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords since November 2010. She was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2005 to 2008 and was appointed President of the British Medical Association for a year in 2012.