UWS Staff and Student participation in the Scottish Parliament launch of the RCM publication “Midwifery in Scotland- into the 2020’s”.

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The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Scotland has released a new publication that highlights the breadth of roles of Scottish midwives. The publication Midwifery in Scotland – into the 2020s shows how wide the role of the midwife is, including working in hospitals, in the community and the home and in urban and rural settings, in specialist roles and in education.

This was launched at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 during an event sponsored by Anas Sarwar (MSP) and supported by the Minister for Health Shona Robison. As well as other invited guests, UWS staff and students, both past and present, both attended the event and feature within the publication.


(L to R: Anas Sarwar, MSP; Hilary Alba, Midwife; Dr Mary Ross-Davie, RCM Director for Scotland; Lorna Ford, Midwife; Gill Walton, RCM CEO; Shona McCann, Midwife; Tom McEwan, Midwife Lecturer; Jessica Thompson, Midwife; Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.)

Tom McEwan is currently a Midwife Lecturer at UWS, Jessica Thompson is an MSc Midwifery with Registration Graduate from UWS and Hilary Alba is also a former UWS Graduate and soon to be postgraduate student at UWS.

Also in attendance from UWS were Professor Jean Rankin, Lead Midwife for Education Hilary Patrick and current 3rd Year midwifery students Megan Withers and Elizabeth Barilli, all pictured below.


RCM director for Scotland Mary Ross-Davie said: ‘When people think about midwives, very often they think about birth and a midwife assisting a woman as she gives birth to a newborn baby. This is a vital part of a midwife’s work, of course, but the role includes so much more.

‘Midwives make a huge contribution to improving the health of women and babies. But I think they can make an even bigger contribution if politicians and service planners think about them right at the start of improving and developing services for women and children in the early years.

Mary added that even though midwifery is one of the oldest professions it can and is making a real difference to women and babies now in the 21st century, and they can do even more.

She said: ‘There are also challenges and our maternity services need investment if they are going to be the best they can be and give everyone born in Scotland the best possible start in life.’

The publication will be available on the RCM website here.


Babies in ‘Safe’ Hands.

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Moving to Hamilton to achieve her dream of becoming a midwife, has also allowed Sophie Anderson to pursue her other love – rugby.  Sophie has the potential to play internationally and moving away from her home in Aberdeenshire, has enabled her to join Hillhead Jordanhill Women’s Rugby Club and gain a regular spot playing for their first team.  This season has seen ‘HillJills’ win the Women’s Premier League and League Cup titles.  The final of the cup was played on the international pitch at Murrayfield in front of over 2000 spectators.  Sophie is fortunate to be supported by the UWS Sports Scholarship scheme and her hobby certainly keeps her fit for the long hours on placement.  She has already had to ‘catch’ an enthusiastic baby on labour ward.  Well done Sophie.

UWS running social media campaign in support of Dementia Awareness Week

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The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP), which is based at University of the West of Scotland (UWS), is running a social media campaign in support of Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th June 2018.

#oneweething, which aims to build on the success of last year’s campaign, will raise awareness of, and highlight, good dementia practice care, in particular the important worked carried out by Dementia Champions.

The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice leads the delivery of the Dementia Champions programme which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy. This important programme creates ‘Dementia Champions’ to improve the quality of care provided for people with dementia and caring families.

As part of this campaign UWS is urging health professionals and members of the public to tweet about how Dementia Champions have improved the lives, experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers.

Professor Debbie Tolson, Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS, said: “Throughout all our work with the Dementia Champions, we repeatedly hear ‘it’s just a wee thing.’ or ‘it’s only a wee thing, but it helps’. Our campaign aims to raise awareness that you can make a big difference to individuals and families experience of dementia starting with one small change. When we add up all the wee things that make a difference we are using knowledge to improving lives.”

For more information on Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (4-10 June) visit Alzheimer Scotland’s official campaign website at www.alzscot.org/daw and join the conversation on Twitter with @alzscot using #DementiaAwareness.

3 weeks to go to the GDPR – Data Breaches and our Data Protection Officer

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As mentioned in the e-bulletin in previous weeks the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes some important changes about how the University processes the personal data we hold.

One of these changes is a duty on all organisations, including the University to report certain types of personal data breach to the relevant supervisory authority. Normally this should be within 72 hours of the University becoming aware of the breach.

To make sure we can respond appropriately to any data breach, including meeting the new reporting requirements, the University has in place a data breach procedure. You can find out more about what a data breach is and see a copy of our data breach procedure on the Legal Services intranet page found here.

Another change is the introduction of a legal requirement for public authorities to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Under the GDPR the DPO is responsible for:-

  • Informing and advising the University and its employees about their obligations to comply with the GDPR and other data protection laws.
  • Monitoring compliance with the GDPR and other data protection laws, including managing internal data protection activities, advising on data protection impact assessments; training staff and conducting internal audits.
  • Being the first point of contact for supervisory authorities and for individuals whose data is processed (employees, students etc.).

The DPO appointed by the University is Emma Cuckow, the University Solicitor. She can be contacted directly or via the data protection e-mail address (dataprotection@uws.ac.uk).

Moodle Update

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Please note that Moodle will be unavailable on Wednesday 25th April between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.

This downtime is required for essential maintenance and upgrading of Moodle from version 3.0 to 3.4. Moodle 3.4 has additional features and improved functionality that includes:

  • Updates to existing features
  • Additional navigation links between resources and activities
  • Stealth activities
  • Calendar improvements
  • Improved module management
  • Improved completion status options
  • Mobile App links
  • Improved analytics
  • GDPR Compliance

Note that integrated learning technologies such as Turnitin and Mahara will also be unavailable during this time frame.

Please contact Education Futures or ITDS Helpdesk for further information.

School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery Careers Fair

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The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery are hosting a Careers Fair on Tuesday 12 June 2018 between 10am and 3pm in the Chancellor’s Hall at Paisley Campus. This Careers Fair is an excellent way to meet prospective employers and gather information on careers and other opportunities and all students from the School are encouraged to attend this event.

Time will be credited for attendance at this event for third year nursing students, with buses also supplied to and from home campus to Paisley Campus for these students.

You can find out more in the attached or contact careersfair@uws.ac.uk for more information.

Inspiring Women Annual Celebration Day – Save the Date – 17th May 2018

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Celebrating five years of our Inspiring Women Series.

Join us as we host our annual celebratory day, marking five years of our UWS Inspiring Women series.

This all-day event, open to all staff and students, will give you the opportunity to be inspired as you hear from a number of keynote speakers who come from different backgrounds, each with a unique inspiring journey to share.

We will also be providing an opportunity for you to choose from a number of development workshops that will motivate, stimulate and develop you in areas you would like to focus on. This is your opportunity to come together to develop new approaches, ideas and new networks across UWS.

More details around this event will be published in the coming months. This event is open to all staff­ and students. If you would like further information – contact Naira Dar – naira.dar@uws.ac.uk.

A flyer is attached.