MSc Gerontology Student Wins the Sue Pembrey Award for 2017

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Congratulations from everyone at the School to Barbara Lawson, who is a home manager at Kincaid House Care Home, Greenock, a home for people living with dementia. Barbara who is in the dissertation year of her MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Studies at UWS has been jointly awarded the prestigious Sue Pembrey Award for 2017. The Sue Pembrey Award which is awarded by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS)  is presented to an exemplary nurse/midwife leader (such as, a Ward Manager/ Sister/ Charge Nurse / Midwife Team Leader, Community Team Leader, Care Home Manager) who leads care delivery. They have to be an excellent role model, leading and demonstrating a commitment to enabling care (wherever it takes place) that is person-centred, high quality and safe and delivered by a team who feel supported and valued.  

Barbara who was nominated for the award by staff within the School was praised by the judges for being both a compassionate and expert advocate for older people with dementia and their families. She also demonstrated this through systematic approaches, innovation and commitment to establishing a caring culture which has enabled both staff and residents to flourish. Barbara’s nomination said that

Barbara is someone who moves nursing into the light for others and makes her mark in an unassuming but powerful way. She works in in the care home sector, an area often seen by some as perhaps requiring fewer skills and certainly this area is still less visible in nursing, yet when I speak to her and hear what others say about her, she epitomizes my idea of a nurse leader.’

In discussion with the judges, Barbara talked about the importance of self-awareness and how this had aided her throughout her own journey towards becoming an effective leader.

Barbara will be presented with her award at a ceremony being held in York on the 8th of December 2017.

Barbara shares this year’s award with Freedom Nwokedi who is a clinical team leader with NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC. Her team offers mental health provision for older adults in Lincolnshire.


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PhD Student Marks Saudi Arabia Day in Style

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Adil attends the Saudi National Day Celebrations

Adil Abalkhail one of our current PhD students who is currently researching within the field of infection control and prevention was recently invited by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud to attend the Saudi National Day celebrations on the 21st of September at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in  London, where he was one of 15 Saudi students studying in the UK who was celebrated as an excelling student.

The School supported Adil and Dr Claire Chalmers his Director of Studies to attend the day – which was a celebration of all things Saudi Arabian.

All the students (including Adil), were presented to HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud and each received a certificate to mark the event.

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 many 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 is 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 the life of the Trinidadian born revolutionary who died in Brixton London 1989.

To book a place please register at https//

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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.