Charlotte Poulson, a third year Speech and Language Therapy student, has been awarded the prestigious annual Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student Prize.
The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student Prize is awarded to students in participating Universities for “an excellent piece of work relating to aphasia.”
Presenting the award to Charlotte, Jane Cross, Acting Head of the School of Allied Health Professions, explained that Charlotte had won the award “on the basis of an outstanding case study assignment on acquired language disorders.”
Charlotte Poulson said, “I was surprised and delighted to receive the award. I found the work very rewarding and I’m really looking forward to working in the profession, focussing on adult acquired impairment. I’ll be spending the prize money on books!”
The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia works to improve the quality of life for those with aphasia, their families and carers. The trust was founded in 1992 following a brain haemorrhage suffered by Robin Tavistock (the Duke of Bedford) whose life was saved by prompt and highly skilled surgery, but he was left with a severe problem – the inability to access language – known as aphasia.
The Trust funds pioneering research and projects that will improve services and therapies; by acting as a catalyst in pulling together charities working in the same area; in raising the profile of the condition amongst the public, students of speech and language therapy
and the medical profession, so that people can understand aphasia better.