Marking Black History Month at UWS

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Sunday the 1st of October marks the start of the UK’s Black History month. The month is an opportunity to examine the struggles and triumphs of Black People who for amny years were erased from British history. It is an opportunity to raise the profile of people like Mary Seacole and celebrate the positive contributions that black people have made to our communities. As part of the month long series of events being held across the country UWS are hosting a screening of the documentary “Every Cook Can Govern” about the Life, impact and works of C.L.R James. It is an epic feature-length documentary which grapples with colonialism, slavery and revolution.

This film will be shown at UWS Paisley Campus on Wednesday 4th October at 2.00pm Come meet the Director Ceri Dingle and contributors to the film for a Q&A, followed by a reception.This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into life of the Trinidadian born revolutionary who died in Brixton London 1989.

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For more information about other Black History Month events see: Official Black History Month


Our Assistant Dean Releases Her New Publication

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Dr. Maria Pollard (Assistant Dean: Education)


Dr Maria Pollard, the Assistant Dean for Education in our School has recently published an updated second edition of her book ‘Evidence-Based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers: A Resource for Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals’ 

Maria based the book on the revised UNICEF Baby Friendly learning outcomes. The textbook guides students and healthcare professionals who support breastfeeding mothers with the essential knowledge, evidence and skills to effectively promote, support and protect breastfeeding mothers.

Maria’s main areas of interest are breastfeeding, education, supervision of midwives and normal childbirth. She completed a doctorate in education, exploring how student midwives learn about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding continues to be a major public health issue and UWS remains the only university in the UK to have both its Midwifery and Health Visiting education fully accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly.


Heading Off to Saskatchewan

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Dr Rhoda Macrae one of our lecturers in Dementia working within the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (@AlzscotCPP) is heading off to be a Visiting Research Scholar for the autumn term at the University of  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. During her two week in place visit from 25 September until 7th October  Rhoda will be meeting with faculty members to discuss collaborative research opportunities that build on and extend the School’s current international research exploring dementia in prisons. During the visit Rhoda will present innovative dementia awareness raising work being carried out by Alzheimer Scotland and HMP Shotts at an International Conference on Custody and Caring. She will also present at public lectures, the award winning pre-registration dementia education that includes Class in a Bag and a lecture which will focus on the rights based approach to dementia policy, practice and education in Scotland.

They seem to be looking forward to meeting her!

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Say Hello to the Classes of Sept 17!

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New term, new students and thanks to everyone for sharing their pictures of their classes on the first day.

These are our new BSc Midwifery students at Hamilton Campus, our BSc Mental Health class at Hamilton, the BSc Adult Nursing Class at Hamilton and the BA(Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care students in Paisley.

A little bird told us that we have a talented group of super enthusiastic students this year. Can’t argue with that for a first impression.

Online Resource Created Within the School Nominated for Prestigious Self-management Award

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An online learning resource, created with significant input from UWS, has been nominated in the Self Management Resource of the Year category of the Self Management Awards 2017.

The Self Management Awards are run by the ALLIANCE, the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

The free online learning resource, Putting Caring Conversations into Practice, is based largely on work by Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at UWS.

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Designed for both medical and non-medical staff in general practice … READ FULL ARTICLE

Professor Tolson Speaking at the Global Summit on Alzheimer’s Disease

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Professor Debbie Tolson who leads the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at our Hamilton Campus is a plenary speaker at the Global Summit on Alzheimer’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Disorders at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon on Monday 21 September.

Four Iberian institutions (Champalimaud Foundation, Queen Sofia Foundation, CIEN Foundation and CIBERBED) have collaborated to organise this major conference on World Alzheimer’s Day (21st September) under the Presidency of H.M Queen Sofia of Spain and Leonor Beleza, President of the Champalimaud Foundation.

The plenary talk will highlight UWS-led advanced dementia research and the innovative Palliare interdisciplinary education framework which was developed as part of the School’s contribution to this recently completed European Project.

Professor Tolson said: “It is an honour to be invited to speak at the Global Summit and an endorsement of our UWS international reputation for excellence in applied dementia research and dementia education. This is an exceptional opportunity to showcase our team’s leading work and to network with leaders in dementia healthcare, social care and biomedical sciences.”

Ayrshire Hospice’s 6th Go Purple Day

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Our strategic partners, the  Ayrshire Hospice are having their 6th. Annual Go Purple Day which this year takes place on Friday 13th October 2017 during UK Hospice Care Week. To date, Go Purple has raised over £96,000 for the hospice and last year they reached their highest total to date with over £22,300 raised during the campaign. So let’s try and beat that this year!

To celebrate the 6th anniversary of the campaign, the hospice wants to make Go Purple bigger and better than before and invite you to join with them to raise funds in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice.

So why not “dress-down purple”, bake a purple cake, hold a purple raffle – do anything but just Go Purple!

If you would like to take part in this year’s Go Purple Day, please contact the community fundraising team on 01292 288488 or email where they will be delighted to discuss your fundraising ideas and support you.  We can also send you a Go Purple pack which includes stickers, banners, balloons and collection boxes to promote your fundraising.

They can also send you a Go Purple Pack which includes stickers, banners, balloons and collection boxes to promote your fundraising.

Please note that the hospice relies on the kindness and goodwill of individuals and organisations within its community and any support which you can offer to this year’s Go Purple Day would be gratefully received by everyone at the hospice.  If you would like any more information about the work of the hospice, please contact them at any time.