Coventry University’s STH programmes are well regarded in the field and are actively supported by students, alumni, practitioners and service users along with the emerging Association of Social and Therapeutic Practitioners.
We have been educating STH practitioners at Coventry for over 25 years and have attracted a diverse range of students including occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, horticulturalists and others from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Students come from across the UK and internationally. Members of our teaching staff are qualified occupational therapists and have many years’ professional interest, knowledge and experience in the field of social and therapeutic horticulture.
We have exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction – 100% of students said that staff were enthusiastic and passionate about what we teach and that we give them good support and guidance.
For your minutes we would like to record how much the students appreciate the support the lecturers provide and how grateful we are that they go to such great lengths to answer our questions and provide us with the information we need. Nothing is too much trouble. Also, we recognise that a lot of effort is made to ensure we have a varied agenda including an array of outside speakers who are informative and inspirational. (2016 cohort).
We benefit from strong partnerships with local statutory agencies and organisations in the voluntary and independent sectors, including Coventry City Council, The Circles Charity, Rugby, Arden Cancer Centre (Walsgrave) and the Spirituality & Faith Centre (Coventry University). Access to their sites has enabled STH students to develop garden plans that are appropriate to a range of real client groups. These well-established links also enable us to provide site visits and guest speakers to our programmes that help ensure that our teaching is contemporary and embedded in the real world.
The content of the STH programmes reflect current governmental priorities with regard to promoting sustainable development, settings-based healthcare, health-promoting hospitals, universities and schools and public health, community-based practice and community development.