Professor Diane Cox to deliver the prestigious Casson Memorial Lecture in 2017

Professor Diane Cox to deliver the prestigious Casson Memorial Lecture in 2017

The University of Cumbria is proud to announce that Professor Diane Cox, their Director of Research & Head of the Graduate School has been selected to deliver the 2017 Casson Memorial Lecture.

The Casson Memorial Lecture is one of the most prestigious events in the College of Occupational Therapists’ Calendar.  It was inaugurated in 1973 to commemorate Dr Elizabeth Casson, one of the pioneers of occupational therapy and has become an annual event, now delivered at the College’s Annual Conference. 

 It has parallels in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy’s Muriel Drive Memorial Lecture.

 Professor Cox was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Therapists, in 2014, the highest honour the College can bestow on one of its professional members.

 Dr Patricia McClure, Chairman of Council, College of Occupational Therapists said: “It is our great pleasure to award Professor Diane Cox with the prestigious Casson lectureship.  Diane is a much valued and committed Fellow of the College, and we warmly congratulate her on this success.”

The lectureship is awarded to a member of the College of Occupational Therapists who is considered by their peers to have made and be making

a significant contribution to the development of the profession by:

  1. Being an inspirational professional within their area of practice, research, education or management
  2. Being an excellent communicator as evidenced by testimonial from peers, service users and carers
  3. Making or having made a significant contribution to the development of occupational therapy through professional practice, service improvement, service delivery, research or education
  4. Having provided the opportunity for service users and carers, members of the profession and others to benefit from their work through clinical practice, publications or presentations
  5. Being an active member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists in good standing
  6. Having actively demonstrated use of advanced theory, standards and methods within occupational therapy that improve outcomes for service users and carers and promote public awareness and understanding of the profession's contribution.

Professor Diane Cox, Director of Research & Head of the Graduate School at the University of Cumbria said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been nominated and awarded the prestigious Casson Memorial Lecture for 2017. The response from colleagues far and wide since this was announced has been overwhelming. I am looking forward to shaping and writing the lecture over the next year, ready to deliver the lecture in June 2017 as part of the 41st College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference at the ICC, in Birmingham”.