@uwshealth Students Discuss Loneliness and Isolation

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Five students from @uwshealth Ayr Campus shared their opinions this week via the ALLIANCE  (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) blog discussing the work they did to create their impressive poster that you can see below. Their topic was the research they had done into loneliness and isolation to create their work.

Our congratulations go to  Pauline Brady, Sharon Conn, David Connelly, Heather Langdon and Stephanie McGeoch, for spreading an important message and sharing their work. You can read their Blog piece at:




Buckingham Palace Reception Celebrating Frontline Nursing Across the UK

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UWS Postgraduate District Nursing graduate Barbara McFadzean, who has now completed The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland Development programme visited Buckingham Palace this week for a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales celebrating the contribution to frontline community nursing and the work of nurses across the UK.

Also amongst the invited guests was Karen Wilson former Dean of School and currently the Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professions, NHS Education for Scotland and Margot Russell, Director of NMAHP Practice Development for NHS Lanarkshire.

For more details about the event see the Nursing Times report which includes the Prince’s tribute


BREATH PhD Students Raising Funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

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PhD students at UWS are raising funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland by participating in a sponsored abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge on 10th June.

The five research students – Fawziye Tarhini, Mariarca Bailo, Mark Thomas, Kimberly Black and Kirsty McCallum – are all working on the BREATH (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project for their PhDs.

The BREATH project, which is a cross-border partnership between University of the West of Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, will develop cross-border research to better understand and alleviate the impact of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

COPD is an incurable lung disease that is a leading cause of death worldwide, and is particularly prevalent in both South West Scotland and Ireland. In Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries & Galloway, COPD-related hospital admission is amongst the highest in the UK. It significantly impairs quality of life and has a high cost to health services and the wider economy.

The €7.7 million EU INTERREG VA funded BREATH project has established a world-class cluster of researchers who will help address the causes, treatment and potential prevention of COPD. In 2011 the annual economic burden of COPD across the EU was estimated at approximately €141.4 billion.

Due to their involvement in the BREATH project the research students were keen to raise funds for a charity that aids COPD patients.

Kimberly Black, 22, who lives in Blantyre, said: “We decided to abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge to raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, a charity that provides support for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients in Scotland.

“Every hour of every day 100,000 people in Scotland struggle to breathe because of a chronic chest illness.  All five of us are committed, through our contribution to the BREATH project, to help tackle the problem of COPD. We are delighted to be doing a bit for such an important cause.”

To sponsor the students visit https://frbjune18.everydayhero.com/uk/chss-uws-breath-abseil
and for more information on the BREATH project visit its twitter page,


Graduation Day #DCG18 for National Dementia Champions Cohort 8 and DISL’s Cohort 2

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Congratulations to all the Cohort 8 NES/SSSC Dementia Champions and Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads (DSIL’s) who received their awards yesterday at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The keynote speaker and guest for the morning was again Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health with the Scottish Government who underlined the importance of both of these programmes to the achievement and delivery of Scotland’s  3rd. National Strategy for Dementia.

The Dementia Champions programme which is delivered by the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery at UWS and Alzheimer Scotland, supports the development of Dementia Champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people living with dementia, and their families and carers in acute general and community hospitals, and more widely within growing numbers of community care settings. UWS have been involved now in the education and development of 857 NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions since the start of the initiative.

Yesterday’s awards included the first member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised as a Champion. Well done to George Bagley (Watch Manager, Prevention and Protection).

The DSIL’s programme is an 18-month programme intended to build local training and leadership capacity and capability to support workforce development in mental health continuing care services. The course is a part of the Scottish Governments work towards the achievement of Commitment 11 of the 2nd National Dementia Strategy). There have been two cohorts of 30 mental health nursing participants since the programme began. UWS School of Health and Nursing have been hugely involved in delivering this successful initiative since its outset. If you want to find out more you can listen to one of yeaterdays completing students, Gillian Grubb  talking about her involvement.


Microsoft Office Suite Festival: MOSFest 2018

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The University’s IT Training Services are running a Microsoft Office Suite Festival MOSFest 2018, for UWS students across the four Scottish campuses during March and April this year.

Part of the Festival is an opportunity to gain Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills with Microsoft Office applications. it can also help with coursework and their studies, as well as looking great on your CV!

The MOSfest that we are running allows our students to sit a MOS certification exam for free for a limited time – normally, exams are £45 each. MOSfest dates are :

Paisley Campus – 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd March

Dumfries Campus – 10th April

Ayr Campus – 11th April

Hamilton Campus – 12th April

There is more information at this URL


If there is anything else you need to know about the events contact ICTTraining@uws.ac.uk (the email address is also available at the URL above).

There will also be a MOSfest for staff in early June


Join the #UWS Online Alumni Network

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Did you complete your initial professional training or degree with us? Are you one of our many graduands? Then this is for you!

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Online Alumni Network.


Another Inspiring Women to Speak at UWS

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Brenda Grimes who is currently a Publications Co-ordinator for Global Scientific Communications at Eli Lilly and Company, a multi-national pharmaceutical company which has been responsible for the development, clinical testing and delivery to market of many life-changing products. Will speak at 11.30am on Wednesday 21st March 2018 in P118, Coats Building, Paisley Campus about her career in a talk called:

“Changing Course: a personal journey from academia to industry”

inspiring women march 2018Brenda is an alumnus of Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and has spent a majority of her working life in academia, where she led a research group studying chromosomes and potential therapeutic targets.

More recently she moved to the pharmaceutical industry, working in scientific publications and external innovation. From her early days at the laboratory bench to now overseeing the scientific publication strategy for a number of molecules at a multi-national pharmaceutical company, Brenda has been hugely influenced by the need to develop new medicines for patients and working across teams with a focus on inclusion.

This is an exciting opportunity for colleagues and students to hear first hand of a career path spanning academia and industry.