MaMa Awards 2018 Nominations for Midwifery staff and students

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EBDA05C2-495A-4B60-ADD1-F0E37B87A787Being the largest independent annual midwifery and maternity conference in the UK, MaMa brings delegates from all parts of the country as well as international audience to Scotland for two days of best practice, personal and professional development, inspirational speakers and, of course, lots of fun!

In addition to the conference the associated MaMa Awards 2018, to be held on 4th May 2018 in Glasgow, has seen a great representation from UWS School HNM students and staff within this years shortlist. They include:

Student Midwife of the Year:
Heather Gilchrist, 2nd year MSc Midwifery with Registration student.
Sarah Scarlett, 2nd year BSc Midwifery student.

Maternity Support Worker of the Year:
Lorna Caldwell, 2nd year BSc Midwifery student.

Midwifery Educator of the Year:
Sheona Brown.
Tom McEwan.

We wish all of the shortlisted nominees good luck for the night.

More details can be found at http://www.mama-conference.co.uk


BREATH Nominated for Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards

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The BREATH (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project, which is a cross-border partnership between the University of the West of Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, has been shortlisted for a Northern Ireland Healthcare Award.

The 19th Annual Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Thursday 22 February 2018. The awards are dedicated to celebrating those whose exceptional expertise and contribution to their profession have transformed the provision of healthcare for the better.

The BREATH project 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.

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 UWS Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR), said: “We are delighted that the important work of the BREATH project has been recognised in this way and is shortlisted for a Northern Ireland Healthcare Award.

“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.”

Dr Gary Litherland, UWS Scientific Lead on BREATH added: “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.”

For more information on the 19th annual Northern Ireland, Healthcare Awards visit http://nihealthcare.com/awards/

Good Luck #Paisley2021 !

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Later today Paisley will find out if it has been named .

Everyone here @uwshealth would like to wish the bid team all the best on what we hope is a landmark day for the town.

The winner of the 2021 title will be announced live on BBC’s The One Show on Thursday evening from the current host city of Hull.

Paisley is the only Scottish place – and the first-ever town – to make the shortlist for the 2021 title, awarded every four years by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. the other nominees are Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Jean Lochhead Campbell Awards for 2017

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Carrie Rae at Dumfries with Karen Wilson, Head of School, the Principal
Karen Wilson, Laura Dee and Ali Campbell
With The Principal, Craig Mahoney


The Jean Lochhead Campbell Student Award for Nursing Practice in the Community is an award which is presented annually at Graduation to the students on each Campus who have who demonstrated excellence and potential in making a difference to the ongoing care of patients and their families within the community.

The award is named after former Lanarkshire District Nurse, Jean Lochhead Campbell, and was gifted by her son, Ali Campbell, a celebrity Life Coach and bestselling author, in acknowledgement of his late mothers’ commitment and compassion to providing care to patients and their families in the community.

The nominations for this award come from health professionals mentoring third-year adult nursing students during the clinical practice element of their degree whom they feel they have made a significant difference making it a clear acknowledgement of the student’s efforts in their final year placement areas. This year’s winners were

Mark McGown at Paisley Campus

Laura Dee at Hamilton Campus

Nichola  Duffy at Ayr Campus

Carrie Rae at Dumfries Campus

Mr Ali Campbell, Jean’s son is pictured above with Laura Dee at the Hamilton Graduation Ceremony Hamilton.

Commenting on the award, Ali Campbell said:

“I would like to congratulate Laura and everyone else who are really deserving recipients of this award.”

Book Week Scotland

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This year Book Week Scotland is from 27 November – 3 December. Each year there is a theme, and this year’s it is “Nourish”.

The UWS Libraries are running a series of events during Book Week Scotland which staff, students and the general public can attend. Here’s some more information on what’s going on:

Wednesday 29th November at 14.00 in Dumfries
Thursday 30th November at 10:30 in Ayr (GT34)
Thursday 30th November at 14:30 in Paisley (Library)
Friday 1st December at 11:00 in Hamilton (A721)

Author event with Gemma Cairney – reading and discussion on her new book ‘Open: a Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be’.

For more information on Gemma and her book visit:

Friday 1st December at 11:00 in Ayr (GT34)

Creative Conversations: Louise Welsh and Alan Riach

Both authors will be discussing the great writers who liberated their imaginations and led them to their present careers. Both will also read from their new books; Alan Riach – The Winter Book and Louise Welsh – No Domination.

There is no need to book for these events – just turn up on the day.  For more info contact library@uws.ac.uk

Let’s Keep Vivianne Going by Supporting Aspire

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Vivianne Crispin

Aspire Swim
















Vivianne Crispin, one of the Adult Lecturers at our Hamilton Campus is doing a swimming challenge for a charity called Aspire. Aspire provide support and equipment for people with spinal cord injuries.

Vivianne has picked this charity for personal reasons. As she states:

“I have a spinal cord injury and I’m very fortunate not to be wheelchair bound like so many others. I have had two accidents that have resulted in permanent loss of sensation and movement in my lower left leg and foot. But my accidents could so easily have left me with limited mobility on both sides. So many others have spinal cord injuries that have resulted in a more serious loss than I have experienced and this is why I am interested in raising money for this charity and took on tier 2017 swimming challenge”

The Aspire Channel Swim Challenge 2017 is to swim the distance of the English Channel (22 miles) over 12 weeks. Vivianne is I’m almost halfway there already! If you would like to help Vivianne to raise more funds for this wonderful charity  you can visit  Vivianne’s Just Giving Page




Inspirational Paralympic Champion Receives an Honorary Doctorate from UWS

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Paralympic champion, David Smith MBE received an Honorary Doctorate from UWS at yesterday’s graduation ceremony (9 November 2017) at the Town House, Hamilton.

Having been born with club feet, the wearing of special plaster cast boots left his right foot damaged and fused. However, David did not let this get in the way of his unrelenting pursuit of sporting success. Growing up in Aviemore he played shinty and took up karate, making the British team at the age of 15. He also competed in skiing and athletics at a regional level.

David was a bobsleigh brakeman and his team narrowly missed out on a place at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Following this David learned that he qualified for Paralympic sport and five months after climbing into a boat for the first time, he was part of a team that won a gold medal at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Slovenia.

In 2010 he underwent emergency surgery after doctors found a tumour inside his spinal cord. He battled against all of the odds not only to recover from this illness but to compete at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The Games saw David as part of a mixed coxed four, winning gold, a feat he repeated at the Munich World Cup event in 2012.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for his services to rowing.

Despite his success at the 2012 Paralympics David wanted a fresh challenge and switched from rowing to cycling and made rapid progress, winning a spot in the British development team. He made the podium in a number of able-bodied time trials. A spot at the 2016 Paralympics was beckoning when his spinal tumour returned. He continued to compete following treatment but in January 2016 he required another operation which put his dream of competing at a second Paralympics on hold.

Commenting on his Honorary Doctorate David said:

“It is an honour to be recognised by the University of the West of Scotland and to share with the students of the graduating class their special day. I hope my story inspires them on their own journeys through life and reminds them of the importance to always live with a passion and a purpose.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal & Vice-Chancellor, said:

“David is a true inspiration to us all and I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to recognise his achievements in this way. He is an excellent example of the strength of the human spirit and what can be achieved in the face of real adversity.  His story is very humbling and one that shows a real determination, passion, and talent for a range of sports.  We are delighted to be able to make this award.”

At the graduation, David accepted his award with great dignity and everyone who listened to his acceptance speech was very moved. An inspiration to all us to dream and believe.

For further information on David Smith visit https://davidsmithathlete.com/