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Sensory Integration Education and Sheffield Hallam University Sign Agreement to Accredit Postgraduate Qualifications in Sensory Integration

02 Jun 2020 09:16 | SIE Support (Administrator)

The institutions are working together to co-deliver and accredit the MSc in Sensory Integration training pathway for sensory integration practitioners.

2nd June 2020

Sensory Integration Education and Sheffield Hallam University have signed an agreement to co-deliver and accredit the PGCert, PGDIp and MSc in Sensory Integration training pathway for therapists wishing to train as Sensory Integration Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners.

Sensory Integration Education (SIE) provides world-class education and is a significant community of practice in the area of sensory integration. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is one of the UK's largest providers of health and social care courses, and ranked as first in UK for teaching quality in 2020.*

Sheffield Hallam University has been chosen after a competitive tendering process and will take over from SIE’s incumbent university partner, Ulster University, in time for the start of the new academic year (September 2020). All SI Modules running this academic year will continue to be accredited by Ulster University. All SI Modules from September 2020 onwards will be accredited by Sheffield Hallam University.

SIE’s Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh, Director of Education Strategy and Innovation, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Sheffield Hallam University, delivering the continuity of accreditation of our world-class MSc pathway in sensory integration, with exciting developments for our community of practitioners. Our education ultimately transforms the lives of people with sensory processing and integration challenges: it’s so rewarding to continually push forward the training opportunities in sensory integration theory and practice.”

Dr Toni Schwarz, Dean of College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences at SHU said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Sensory Integration Education to develop research, post graduate programmes and to explore other opportunities.  The College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences as one of the largest providers of Health and Social Care education in the UK has a proven track record in providing high quality online and distance learning provision to both pre-registration students and experienced practitioners . Sensory Integration Education also has an established track record in providing world class training and developing advanced practitioners. We look forward to working with like-minded professionals to further develop educational programmes and research in sensory integration.”

This new partnership with SHU is the next step in an already twenty-year-long training partnership with UK universities. Established in 1994, SIE began delivering university-accredited training in sensory integration theory and therapy in 2000. Each partnership has moved forward the standards of training -the partnership with Ulster from 2011 launched the world’s first university-accredited postgraduate SI programme. The MSc in Sensory Integration is open to Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists.

Sensory Integration Education and Ulster University have issued a joint statement below.

Enquiries can be directed to support@sensoryintegration.org.uk


*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Joint statement from Sensory Integration Education and Ulster University

2nd June 2020

Sensory Integration Education (SIE) currently delivers a Master of Science in Sensory Integration degree in partnership with Ulster University. This course is accredited by Ulster University and will continue to be delivered in partnership as a pathway to certification by SIE as a Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner of Sensory Integration until September 2020.

From the academic year 2020/2021, Sensory Integration Education are entering into a new University partnership for the accreditation of their online PG Certificate/PG Diploma/ MSc Sensory Integration degree. Sensory Integration Education will contact all current students to explain the new arrangements with our new partner University

Rosalind Rogers, Chair of Sensory Integration Education said:

“For current students, it’s very much business as usual until the end of the 2019 / 2020 academic year. Students currently studying with us will finish their current module with Ulster University. The academic credit points which have been achieved can be transferred to the new accreditation partner. We’d like to extend our gratitude to Ulster University, our accrediting partners for over a decade.”

Professor Suzanne Martin, Head of School of Health Sciences at Ulster University said:

“We’re very proud to have worked with Sensory Integration Education on the delivery and accreditation of the SI degree since 2011. Together we have supported the learning of many practitioners from around the world, to develop the skills and knowledge required to expand and enhance management and care for people with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and their families. We will continue to support and provide teaching and assessment to the current students on the SI course and wish them every success in their future studies. ”

Professor Suzanne Martin      
Head of School Health Sciences
Ulster University

Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh
Director of Education Strategy and Innovation
Sensory Integration Education

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