Meet the Profs!

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The University Research Services is inviting academic colleagues to a ‘Meet the Profs’ network event on Friday 16 September 2016 at St Mirren Football Club, Conference Suite.

The UWS Professoriate will host the event which is designed to stimulate inter-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and inclusive connections between colleagues across the University. The School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practicewill be represented by Professor’s Belinda Dewar for the Dementia and Later Life Research Grouping, Professor Kevin Rooney for the Deteriorating Patient Research Grouping and Professor Jean Rankin for the Maternal, Child and Family Health Research Grouping.

The format of the event is based around short “introductions” by each of the professors with the key objective of showcasing their research interests and the opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines. There will be distinct networking sessions blocked throughout the day and opportunities for you to meet staff you have not previously met. The event is designed to be stimulating and highly social.

This is the first in a series of Festival of Research events for 2016/17 being run by Research Services. It is hoped that academic staff particularly experienced researchers, early career researchers and those staff who aspire to engage with the new UWS research vision and agenda will attend.

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Our Midwifery Courses Comes Top in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction.

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The School’s Midwifery course has come top in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

The survey saw 100% of survey respondents studying Midwifery courses state that they were satisfied overall with their course.

The University also had the same notable esuccess with its Aircraft Engineering, Community Education, Forensic Science, Sport and Exercise Science Programmes. Overall the University also recorded an increase in student satisfaction – up to 87.1% from 85.8% last year.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, Professor Craig Mahoney, said: “These are very positive results and demonstrate the progress being made as we aim to deliver a truly transformational experience for our students. The most important people at UWS are the students and it is extremely gratifying to see that the hard work being put in by all the University’s staff, from administrators to lecturers, is paying off. I’m proud of everyone who has contributed to these encouraging results.”

Professor Rankin presents at WHO Nursing and Midwifery Conference

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Professor Jean Rankin recently presented at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, ‘Strategic Conversations: The Nursing and Midwifery Contribution towards Global Health 2030’, held at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Jean’s presentation focused on research findings related to the leadership role of Senior Charge Nurses in NHS Lanarkshire and the impact on clinical practice.  Jean is pictured above opposite other international researchers from Australia and South Africa.

The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Family Centered Care – Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

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On  Tuesday 27th September 2016, Hamilton Campus is hosting an event open to all health professionals associated with the care of the sick newborn infant and their families.

Admission to a neonatal intensive care unit is a traumatic event in the life of the infant and marks an abrupt and profound separation from the mother which is also impacted by the presence of life-threatening illness; associated medical interventions and invasive procedures. Regardless of the infant’s diagnosis and condition, the primal needs of the newborn (proximity to his or her mother, comfort, safety, minimal stress and love) are crucial for optimal outcomes, physical health and recovery from the trauma and stress.

This event aims to provide health professionals with key strategies to enable the development of knowledge and skills in this crucial area of health care. If you are interested in attending further details can be obtained from

School Welcomes New Honorary Professor

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Welcome to our new Honorary Professor – Dr Anne Hendry.

Dr Ann Hendry

Anne is a geriatrician by background, and has extensive experience leading national programmes for the Scottish Government such as National Clinical Lead for Integrated Care, for Quality and for the Long Term Conditions Collaborative. She has strong links within Scotland and across the world in the area of integrated care, long-term conditions, intermediate care, telehealth & telecare, quality and care of older people. She is also a Senior Fellow at the International Foundation for Integrated Care, which is a not-for-profit educational membership-based network that crosses organisational and professional boundaries to bring people together to advance the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care policy and practice. See  for further details.
The Foundation seeks to achieve this through the development and exchange of ideas among academics, researchers, managers, clinicians, policy makers and users and carers of services throughout the World. The Foundation’s goal is to provide a unique forum to bring these various perspectives together with the ultimate aim of improving the experience of care for patients, their families and communities, while improving the overall effectiveness of the health and care system. Professor Hendry is a welcome addition to the School who have ambitions to be seen as leaders in the field of integrated care. Delighted that you have join us!

UWS Campus London Update

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The UWS London Campus is now in its 8th month of operation having opened its doors on 2ndNovember 2015 with 24 students studying Doctor of Business Administration. By the 13th June we have now enrolled 408 students across 4 programmes, outlined below.

London Enrolments Jun-16
Programme Title Total
Professional Health Studies 62
Doctorate Business Administration 214
Masters in Business Administration 126
Pre-sessional English 6
Grand Total 408

Plans for our school commencing in August include the launch of two postgraduate programmes, MSc in Global Primary Health Management and MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing). Good luck to everyone involved in both these developments, clearly exciting times ahead!

If you want to find out more about our presence in London you can watch the following video:

You might also like to try and count how many times you glimpse Jo Oliver, one of our Lecturers usually based in Dumfries.

More from Hunan

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Before you begin to think it was just a holiday; the student exchange trip was also a very successful cultural and educational exchange for all the Nursing and Computing students and staff on the visit. Not only did they experience the cultural differences, our students also visited various hospitals, health centres and commercial organisations exploring and exchanging thoughts and ideas for future collaboration between our institution and our partners at the University of South China.   Our students made presentations to Chinese staff and students about  their programmes and aspects of the local Scottish culture and were fully engaged in the experience including tasting the local delicacies of frogs and snakes.  There participation and willingness to get involved was a real credit to our School and to the University. Where to next?

Out on visits.