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A Message from Our Students in Athens: Resilience in the Face of Adversity

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Our Midwifery students on a busman’s holiday volunteering with Amurtel in Greece have posted a really inspiring blogging piece after their first week in Athens. You are doing great work there.

They would like to remind people that the charity they are with, Amurtel Greece have launched their summer fundraising campaign which enables them to keep a supply of items which women and babies are needing throughout the year. Please share this page far and wide and consider donating to an excellent cause which is making a huge difference to immigrant women in Athens.

https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/greece-amurtel

Placement in Athens

It’s the end of our first week of volunteering with Amurtel and we started the day by donating the money we raised. The total amount transferred was €1758.65 and the staff at Amurtel extend their gratitude to all of you wonderful people who supported us in getting here. The kindness and generosity of everyone who helped with our fundraising and provided us with thousands of maternity pads and breast pads has greatly moved everyone at Amurtel, so thank you all once again. Every penny is going to great use and it is changing the lives of the women and babies who Amurtel support.

As well as Sarah and I, there are two more visiting volunteers and this afternoon we set off into Exarcheia to do some outreach work. Andreia, the project officer, had been contacted and notified of a squat about 1mile away and had arranged to send over a…

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@UniWestScotland @uwshealth Career Fair Deemed a Resounding Success

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Over 350 of our School’s students, from across the four Scottish campuses, attended the University-organised Nursing Careers Fair at Paisley Campus on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

The event was attended by 36 exhibitors all keen to speak with our nursing students about their future employment opportunities, with several students receiving employment offers on the day.  Exhibitors included local and national NHS Health Boards and government agencies, as well as nursing agencies and private healthcare providers.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive with students highlighting the networking opportunities with a range of employers as well as the ability to undertake interviews on the day as particularly important.  The exhibitors at the event also commented on the high calibre of the students they met throughout the day as was evidenced by the numerous job offers received from our students.

Maria Pollard, Deputy Dean of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery said

“We are delighted with the positive response we have received from our students and exhibitors to this extremely successful event. It was very encouraging to hear of the numerous job offers made on the day and I’m sure that many more will follow in the weeks ahead as a result of connections made at the event.”

 

UWS STAR Award Winners 2018

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Congratulations to all the winners at the 8th Annual UWS STARS Awards held at Paisley Campus last week, with 100 guests comprising of shortlisted colleagues, their guests, nominators and line managers.


Over 200 nominations were received from students and staff for the Staff Appreciation and Recognition Scheme (STARS). The awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate our achievements and acknowledge those staff who have been chosen by their colleagues or students as people who have gone above and beyond normal expectations.

We would like to congratulate all the award recipients:
Outstanding Teaching – Winner: Angela Dunlop, Lecturer, UWS School of Business & Enterprise
Highly Commended: Anne Clare Gillon, Senior Lecturer, School of Business & Enterprise; Taranjit Singh Rai, Lecturer, School of Science and Sport, UWS.
Outstanding Research & Enterprise – Winner: Brian Quinn, Reader, School of Science & Sport
Highly Commended: Debbie Tolson, Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise), School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery; Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Lecturer, School of Engineering & Computing
Outstanding Service to Students – Winner: Angela Dunlop, Lecturer, School of Business & Enterprise
Highly Commended: Nancy Allan, Associate Lecturer, UWS School of Education; Gerry O’Hare, Technician, School of Engineering & Computing
Outstanding Service to Colleagues – Winner – Lynette Dunning, Research Assistant, School of Science & Sport.
Highly Commended: Jane Kerr, School Enhancement Developer, School of Business & Enterprise; Carly Dawson, Events Co-ordinator, Commercial Services.
Outstanding Leadership – Winner – Lucy Carroll, Liaison Librarian, Student Development
Highly Commended: Sandro Carnicelli, Senior Lecturer, School of Business & Enterprise; Abi Ledwith, School Executive Manager, School of Education
Outstanding Team: Winner – UWS Residences Team, Commercial Services
Highly Commended: FMO Team (Paisley), Estates Solutions; Student Appeals Team, Student Administration

Our panel of judges is made up of colleagues from across the University, Trade Unions as well as student representation. The panel met in April and had a difficult time determining a shortlist from all the worthy nominations. Each and every nomination was very positive and contained many compliments and words of appreciation which is testimony to the high standards our colleagues deliver day after day.

On the day of the STARS Awards, a delicious 3-course lunch was provided by the Catering Team and the event was hosted by Dr Waiyin Hatton, Chair of Court, whose warmth and good humour added a great buzz to the occasion. Nina Anderson-Knox, Head of QuEST highlighted the wonderful things that were said about all our award winners with amazing style and enthusiasm, while Principal Prof Craig Mahoney presented the awards.


The organisers in the Department of People and Organisational Development would like to thank our Catering, Events, Printing, ITDS and FMO colleagues for all their support in making the event a great success. We would also like to thank our students and colleagues who took the time to nominate. We would like to encourage staff and students to nominate anyone they feel worthy for STARS 2019. The nomination process for STARS 2019 will re-open in the Autumn and notification of this will be sent to all staff and students nearer the time.

@AlzScotCPP in Alicante, España

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It’s Dementia Awareness Week here in Scotland but  Dr Margaret Brown, Dr Rhoda Macrae and Anna Jack-Waugh have been off to the University of Alicante to raise dementia awareness there as well

They have been teaching on the first the Erasmus funded dementia education programme which was titled “Understanding Dementia: A Practical Introduction for Students, Practitioners and Family Caregivers.”  

The staff all from the Alzheimer Centre for Policy and Practice who are all based within our School on the Hamilton Campus facilitated what was a very well received evidence into practice programme for a mixed group of health professionals and students from across the Province and wider.

The week was hosted by Professor Manuel Lillo-Crespo a longstanding research collaborator with the School and the Alzheimer’s Centre.

To find out more about the course and project visit:

https://web.ua.es/en/verano/2018/summer-courses/understanding-dementia-a-practical-introduction-for-students-practitioners-and-family-care-givers.html

 

Another Rise in Our THE Young University Ranking for 2018

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THE World University Rankings

The Young University Rankings, published by Times Higher Education, is one of the most prestigious rankings for Universities and it is with absolute pleasure and immense pride that we want to share their latest tables.

UWS was very pleased with last year’s ranking, putting UWS in the top 151-200 young universities in the world, so we should take great pleasure in achieving an even higher ranking this year, putting us into the world’s top 101-150 young universities.

The Young University Rankings are for universities established less than 50 years ago and are designed to demonstrate the impact on the world stage of universities in years, rather than centuries, highlighting future rising stars.

The prestigious table applies the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings – with young universities measured across their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

This recognition comes as we prepare to launch our brand new £110 million campus in Lanarkshire, which opens its doors to all students for the first time in September. The University recognises that there is a considerable amount of hard work ongoing to make sure the first students through the doors will experience everything befitting of a 21st Century University and more.

The improved Times Higher ranking is a wonderful achievement for us, and truly reflects the hard work and effort of colleagues across our campuses and the tremendous input we have from our partners and stakeholders.

UWS is also bucking the national trend for domestic application rates, as prospective students recognise the flexible, modern teaching environment delivered by UWS. Our retention rates are higher than ever before and improving, thanks to our student-centred, personalised learning and teaching experience approach, which is absolutely central to our purpose. UWS graduates are increasingly finding positive and long-term employment in their chosen industries as we develop and expand our offering to equip students with the skills necessary to enter the world of work.

Professor Craig Mahoney, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor wishes to thank all involved for their continued hard work and commitment, the value of which is immeasurable in ensuring the University has a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland, and beyond.

You can view the THE rankings table in full here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/young-university-rankings

Please Help With Our Thunderclap!

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Do you use Facebook, Twitter or tumblr? If so you can help us by supporting Dementia Awareness week in Scotland, which starts on the 4th of June.

For Dementia Awareness Week the School and the Alzheimers Centre for Policy and Practice are taking part in a Thunderclap on Twitter/Facebook/tumblr to raise awareness of the need for dementia education for all health and social care staff.

We need you to click on the bliue link below before Monday 4th. June.

It’s not enough just to click on the link though, you also need to SUPPORT US by clicking on the RED BOX for the Social Media platform you want to send our message out from.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/70101-dementia-awareness-week-uws

If we can reach a hundred by Monday then the Thunderclap will be activated at the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

During this years Dementia Awareness week from th3 4th -11th of June the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice will also have the #oneweething campaign on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to get an idea of how the #oneweething works click the link above or search it up on Google and you will find many supporters and resources on the hastag.

“Find out more about dementia education at UWS which makes a meaningful difference to those affected by dementia. http://thndr.me/AsWAIA

Post-Graduate Open Day at Paisley

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Discover more about UWS postgraduate courses at our Paisley Campus Open Day on: Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm-5pm.
The Open Day will give prospective students the opportunity to speak to staff about existing and new course developments, discuss their career interests, and discover more about the University’s significant investment in teaching and learning, IT and campus facilities.

Find out more here: www.uws.ac.uk/opendays