UK Early Researcher Award for Rachel Russell

UK Early Researcher Award for Rachel Russell

University of Salford School of the Built Environment researcher, Rachel Russell, has won the UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF) Early Researcher Award.

She was awarded her prize at a special celebratory awards lunch in London on 3 July, following her return from the International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Japan.

The UKOTRF Early Researcher Award is available to post-registration Masters or Doctoral level presenters at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference and recognises excellence in research and presentation skills.

In winning this year, the reviewers noted that Rachel led a "particularly competitive field" and gave "a high quality presentation of an interesting project, with excellent use of slides and a particularly strong focus on the results and implications for practice".

Rachel's prize-winning paper was entitled ‘Development of an occupation-focused process for modifying home environments’. It was presented at the College of Occupational Therapists' 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Brighton on 3 June.

Having qualified as an occupational therapist in 1994, Rachel specialises in community care practice and the use of housing modifications to support the health and wellbeing of individuals. An MSc graduate of the School of the Built Environment Accessibility and Inclusive Design course with Distinction, she is currently completing an EPSRC-sponsored PhD with the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre.