NHS Lanarkshire Hospitals Seal University Status

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All three NHS Lanarkshire acute hospitals have been renamed to reflect their new university status.

Thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between NHS Lanarkshire, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) the hospitals are now University Hospital Hairmyres, University Hospital Monklands and University Hospital Wishaw.

Calum Campbell, NHS Lanarkshire Chief Executive, said:

“This is a further significant step towards our vision of creating a culture of academic excellence in NHS Lanarkshire. This will help deliver new and improved ways of working and will bring major benefits for patients and healthcare students alike. In addition, our staff will get the opportunity to work alongside world-leading academics to tackle key health challenges facing people in Lanarkshire.”

Professor Paul Martin CBE, Depute Principal of UWS, said:

“The University enjoys extremely close links with NHS Lanarkshire and this latest development will see us working even closer with colleagues at the Health Board for the benefit of healthcare in the region.”

Commenting on the University’s Strategic Partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of our School said:

“We are delighted to have an important partnership with NHS Lanarkshire. The University has close ties with Health Boards throughout Scotland and this partnership formalises the strong links we enjoy with this important organisation, which plays such a key role in the health and well-being of people throughout Lanarkshire.”

For more information about the renaming click here



Book Week Scotland, at UWS

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Gemma Cairney Author Photo

As part of Book Week Scotland 2017 up-and-coming author, Gemma Cairney is going to deliver Q&A sessions across all four of the University’s Scottish campuses.

The events, which are being coordinated by the UWS Library are open to everyone, get underway at the University’s Dumfries Campus (Crichton Library) on Wednesday 29 November at 2pm. This will be followed by sessions at Ayr Campus (GT34) on Thursday 30 November at 10:30am; Paisley Campus (Robertson Trust Library and Learning Resource Centre) on Thursday 30 November at 2:30pm; and Hamilton Campus (Library) on Friday 1 December at 11am.

These free events will see Gemma, who is also a multi-award winning broadcaster, talk about her life and her new book,

‘OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be’

Members of the audience will get the opportunity to ask Gemma about her life and career.

Philippa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working with the University of the West of Scotland to bring Gemma Cairney to their campuses during Book Week Scotland.  This is a great opportunity for students to hear from a wonderful advocate for young people.”

Jenny Morton, Customer Service Manager, UWS Library, said:

“This is the first time UWS Library has had an author visiting all Scottish campuses.  It is an honour to be hosting Gemma Cairney as part of our Book Week Scotland programme of events, and we look forward to learning more about her life and hearing about her new book OPEN: A toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be.”

Book Week Scotland, which runs from 27 November to 3 December, is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.

For more information on Scotland’s Book Week CLICK HERE To find out more about Gemma Cairney’s book Click Here

Information & Advice Evening at Paisley

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Discover more about studying at UWS – join us on campus in Paisley on Thursday, 23rd November from 4pm-7pm for an Information and Advice evening.

Discover degree, postgraduate and research options for 2018 – come along on the evening. To find out more details Click Here

Professor Dewar visits MHL Australia

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE visited Adelaide last week where she worked with 14 participants to further develop their facilitation skills to run My Home Life Australia led by the South Australia innovation hub – http://sainnovationhub.org/

Gareth Norman CEO from Bundalear is keen to develop the recently launched LIEE (learning and innovating from everyday excellence) programmes at UWS as part of their new Centre at Bundaleer. Bundaleer provides independent living, residential care, home care and respite services. They are based on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast in the regional town of Wauchope.

Gareth said:

“My Home Life provides an extraordinary approach to the way we relate to others every day, especially through the effective use of emotional connections.  By being appreciative and focused on relationships as part of the development of better practice, we can realise, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own, and begin to understand the language, connotations, and images that we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

Through the MHL methodology, we can together consider different approaches to engagement; following the framework of have caring and considered conversations, we can support people to be courageous and curious, and connect emotionally and purposefully to what matters.  The MHL methodology connects the conscious and subconscious mind, to together collaborate and celebrate achievements.”

This Year’s QNIS Undergraduate Award Winner

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Karen Wilson (Dean of School), Linzi Brown, and Craig Mahoney (Principal & Vice-Chancellor)


At the Dumfries Graduation held at the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Linzi Brown, one of our Dumfries adult nursing student’s won the Queens Nursing Institute for Scotland Undergraduate award.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland has a mission to promote excellence in community nursing.  In order to encourage those who are inspired to pursue a career in community nursing at a very early stage, the Institute offers every provider of undergraduate nursing programmes in Scotland an annual prize of £50 which is to be awarded to one individual who shows the most promise in community nursing.

When informed that she had won the above award Linzi commented

It is an honour to be considered as a candidate for this award. I appreciate the opportunity to attend the conference and possibility to blog about my experiences, I feel that receiving this award will be really beneficial for my future career and study aspirations.”


BREATH Call to Tackle Killer Disease on World COPD Day

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Over one hundred patients, healthcare workers and politicians across the UK and Ireland came together on World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) day (Wednesday 15 November) to launch an integrated project to tackle the killer disease which takes over 600,000 lives in the EU every year.

€7.7m has been awarded by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), responsible for managing the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, for a pioneering cross-border research project designed to better understand and alleviate the impact of this killer lung disease. The project known as ‘BREATH’ (Border and REgions Airways Training Hub), launched in Dundalk, brings together experts from Queen’s University Belfast, the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and the University of the West of Scotland.

BREATH Lead, Dr Keith Thornbury from Dundalk Institute of Technology said: “The project brings together world-class researchers, scientists and clinicians who will help address the causes, treatment and potential prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

COPD is now the third biggest killer in the UK. Although smoking and air pollution remain the key contributing factors, genetic influences and early life events including infection, poor nutrition and impaired lung growth are now considered important factors responsible for COPD. Urban areas of Northern Ireland, Dundalk and West Scotland are considered ‘hotspots’ where the prevalence of COPD cases is up to 62% higher than the national average and as such, are represented by the regions taking part in this project.

Throughout the five year project, over 30 researchers and doctoral students will work together not only to better understand COPD but to raise awareness of the disease to help encourage preventative measures and timely treatment and disease management.

Professor John Lockhart, Director of the University of the West of Scotland’s Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR), said:

“COPD is a particular problem is the South West of Scotland, to the surprise of many. Together with our Irish partners, BREATH offers a wonderful opportunity to gain new insights into lung disease. By better understanding this often ‘invisible’ killer disease, we hope to develop new and improved treatments – as well as helping prevent COPD by public awareness in the affected regions.  Deaths from respiratory diseases recently exceeded those from coronary heart disease in Scotland for the first time.  Increasingly it is recognised that lung health needs to be made a national priority, as poor public awareness has resulted in an under-prioritisation of this disease.”

The Breath project was mentioned in a Debate on COPD in Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 14th November. For information click here.

Midwifery Tree of Life for 2018

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The UWS Tree of Life project will be visiting Hamilton Campus next week. If you are a midwife or midwifery student we would like to invite you to pop along and place your thumbprint on the tree, add your contribution to the book of stories and pay a minimum of £1 donation towards our nominated charities.

This year we are fundraising for the Royal College of Midwives Benevolent Fund and to create a new UWS Scholarship fund for student midwives. It would be great to see anyone who is, has been or wishes to be a midwife.

Please feel free to share this message to any colleagues or ex-colleagues who you feel may wish to place their thumbprint on the Tree, marking them as part of Scotland’s community of midwives.

The Tree will be on Hamilton Campus in the Caird Building on Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th of November in Room C3.16