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:



Finding Out What Being a Midwifery Student in NSW is Like

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Professor Belinda Dewar and Tamsin MacBride one of the Adult Nurse Lecturers from our Paisley Campus in collaboration with Associate Professor Virginia Stulz from Western Sydney University have spent the last 2 weeks in Sydney Australia, leading a project funded by New South Wales (NSW) Health.

The project aims to explore and develop the student midwife experience in New South Wales using appreciative inquiry.  Following a 3 day workshop where Belinda and Tamsin supported a research team to develop their appreciative inquiry skills, they worked with co-inquirers in 4 different maternity units across Sydney to put these skills and approaches into action.

You can find out more about our School’s Health Research at:


Double Whammy! Publication Success for Student Midwives.

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What a pleasing sight to open your professional organisations publication and find 2 articles written by your students!

3rd Year BSc Midwifery student Elizabeth Barilli (pictured below) has written a wonderful article about her rural Midiwfery practice experience for the RCM Midwives Magazine. Entitled ‘Student Voice: Dream come true‘, she recounts some of the high points of her time working at Mid Argyll Community Maternity Unit, particularly the ability to provide continuity of care through caseload holding. An inspiring read and great advertisement for rural practice.

2nd Year MSc Midiwfery student Heather Gilchrist (pictured below) explored how important teamwork is for safe maternity care and reflects on her previous experiences as a team leader before her midwifery journey began. In her article ‘Student Voice: Happy birth day!‘ she also tells of the responsibility she felt toward the multidisciplinary team as she informed them of the woman’s contractions during an intense birth and of her joy at working on her birthday and celebrating with colleagues.

Both great ambassadors for midwifery and UWS!!

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

Class in Bag Research Project

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The University’s Dementia Class in a Bag resource was out and about again last week when UWS academics visited St Mary’s Primary School in Paisley as part of a research project exploring how school children learn about dementia in primary school.

The UWS academics – Dr Louise Ritchie, Dr Susan Henderson and Dr Graeme Truslove – introduced the pupils to Dementia Class in a Bag which is our school’s intergenerational, portable educational resource which facilitates awareness raising about dementia for people of all ages in a variety of healthcare and community settings. There are three workshops associated with Dementia Class in a Bag – Dementia and the Brain, the Sensory experience of dementia and Supporting a person with dementia

The University recently created a new version of the Bag which is designed for schools so that class teachers can run sessions independently of our staff and students. Much of the bag is based on experiential learning where the pupils interact with the materials in the bag with the goal of giving them an insight into what people with dementia may experience. Teachers then work with them to think about ways that they can interact and support people they may know who have dementia.

The visit to St Mary’s Primary School took place on 31 May 2018 with a Dementia Class in a Bag session being given to a primary 6 class of 30 pupils. The session was delivered by the class teacher with the UWS academics on hand to provide support and collect data for the research project.

As part of the research the academics asked the pupils to film their own experience of using the Bag using iPads which they hope will give them the child’s perspective on the learning experience and a deeper understanding of the interactions with the materials in the Bag. Dr Ritchie said:

“We were delighted to have delivered this session at St Mary’s as part of our wider research project. The response we got from the children was fantastic – they were really interested in learning about the brain and also the sensory experience of dementia.”

University Nominated for Two Herald Higher Education Awards

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The University has been shortlisted in two categories of The Herald Higher Education Awards.

The annual awards, which take place on Thursday 28 June 2018, see UWS shortlisted in the ‘Widening Access’ and the ‘Innovative Use of Technology’ categories.

The Herald Higher Education Awards 2018 in association with Scottish Funding Council recognise success and achievements across Scotland’s universities and colleges.

The University has been shortlisted for the Widening Access Award for its Wee University initiative. This initiative, which was developed by the University’s School of Education, is a new concept in early years education and aims to provide opportunities to build an inclusive community of learning. It strives to enhance awareness at an early age of future educational opportunities, help break down potential barriers around access to further and higher education and boost the confidence of parents and carers around the opportunities offered to future students.

Thanks to this initiative UWS is working with early years providers to instil in 2 – 5-year-olds the aspiration and belief from the earliest possible age that higher education is very much an opportunity that can be theirs.

UWS has also been shortlisted for the Innovative Use of Technology Award for its pioneering Immersive Education with a Digital Heartbeat. The School of Business & Enterprise has successfully introduced an immersive digital teaching solution, which is delivering highly personalised, hyper-flexible and collaborative learning experiences for students.

UWS has a unique student body, including students articulating from college and adults returning to higher education and therefore, needs to provide learning opportunities to its students that accommodate their lives, responsibilities and needs to ensure their success.

At the very heart of this project is the UWS purpose to provide student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching experiences, underpinned by professionally relevant research, knowledge exchange and enterprise.

The School has taken a micro-learning approach to reconstruct and capture their teaching into bitesize video segments which students are able to access anytime, anywhere and on any device. Lecture content is compressed into a series of short segments which are collated and introduced through a TouchCast overlay. This platform allows students to consume lecture material at their own pace and self-direct their learning experience.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Herald Higher Education Awards celebrate the wide range of successes and achievements made in Scottish Higher Education and I am delighted that UWS has been shortlisted in two categories. This shortlisting is a testament to all the hard work of colleagues working in these areas and I am really proud of everyone involved.”

For more information on the Herald Higher Education Awards visit http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/heawards/