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Royal visitor views Keele Active Ageing project
His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO, visited Keele yesterday to get an overview of the University and see a range of teaching and research activities designed to change social attitudes towards older people.
Accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, The Earl was welcomed to Keele by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, who introduced him to the Pro-Chancellor, Mr Ian Dudson.
He was also introduced to the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Councillor Mrs Ann Heames, the Mayor’s Consort, Mr Bill Heames, and Chief Executive of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Mr John Sellgren.
The Vice-Chancellor gave Prince Edward an overview of Keele before introducing members of the Active Ageing project team, who gave a presentation on their work, with an outline of the project given by Professor Chris Phillipson and Dr Mo Ray.
The Vice-Chancellor then accompanied His Royal Highness around four groups covering the Active Ageing project and giving him the opportunity to meet those directly involved and hear about their work:
Group 1 – The experience of older people undertaking courses which provide insights into the nature of growing old. This provided a view from older people themselves about the benefits of these types of courses.
Group 2 – The benefits of Keele's Life History programme for work with older people with dementia. This focused on the benefits for practitioners of courses provided by Keele University.
Group 3 – The experience of Keele University User Forum run by the Centre for Social Gerontology and the general experience of Keele University programmes and the benefits for older people.
Group 4 – The description of the Ages and Stages Project, which included members of the project group.
His Royal Highness also met Staffordshire Duke of Edinburgh Award co-ordinators and award winners in the Great Hall before departing for Kingsland Primary School in Bucknall, where a converted aeroplane is used as a classroom. As part of his visit to Staffordshire the Prince had earlier visited the new control room at Staffordshire Police headquarters.