Thinking of Applying to Join Us at UWS?

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You can find out more about the University, the School  of Health Nursing and Midwifery courses and our campuses at a series of Open Days in Ayr and Dumfries this coming Saturday, 10th September, and at Hamilton and Paisley on Saturday 17th September.


Come along, and talk to us about everything to do with life at UWS – our academic, social and sporting facilities, work placements and where to find funding or accommodation.

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Welcome to all our New Students!

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A warm welcome to all our new undergraduate and postgraduate students who started today.  Thanks to Alison Toner, the new programme leader for  BSc Mental Health Nursing for this picture of the new Mental Health Nursing class at Ayr Campus! Best wishes to you all as you start this new adventure.

Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners AGM and Good Practice Forum at Paisley

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On Friday the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners attended UWS Paisley Campus for their AGM and Good Practice Forum. Sixty other Occupational Health Nurses from all over the UK, joined Marisa Stevenson, the programme leader for our Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) programme and a member of the Association Board to hear from Dr Alan Curley, who presented on ‘Motivational Techniques for encouraging Good Health behaviours’ and Drew McFadzean from the Business School (Director of Law) who presented on the famous case of the ‘Slug in a Bottle – Duty of Care’ Pictured above is Glyn Morris, who talked about “Psychological Interventions for Weight loss”

This is the first time this event has ever been hosted anywhere outside of London and the event received the support of the Dean of School, Karen Wilson. A very successful day which has evaluated well.


ESRC: Relevance of Social Science in Nursing Education Seminar Series.

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In March of 2015, one of our students,  Louise Lawler, was given the opportunity to become part of a research programme that was being carried out on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Dr Ian Atherton of Napier University, Edinburgh and two of his colleagues from the University of Nottingham were researching the relevance of social sciences in nurse education and required student input as part of the research.

After reading the papers from Seminar 1 and 4 of the series of 6 seminars, Louise applied to be in the core student group and became one of 7 students that travelled to both Nottingham and London for Seminars 5 and 6.

In Nottingham, the student group discussed their personal experiences of the social sciences, how accessible they are to students and the challenges that can be faced in clinical practice, while Dr Atherton’s colleagues, Dr Sara Donetto and Dr Stephen Timmons steered the discussions. It was decided that the group would be split in two and each small group would produce a piece of work to be presented at  a concluding seminar to be held in London. In the months that followed, online meetings took place and the direction of the student group changed and it was decided that in London, the student group would hold a question and answer session, instead of presenting a piece of work.

The final seminar was held in Kings College University in March 2016. The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for the students to meet other health professionals. There were officials from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Royal College of Nursing,  NHS England, NHS Scotland, NHS Education Scotland and members of faculty from other Universities across the UK. As Louise states, it was nerve wracking, expressing her opinions to some of the most senior people in UK nursing but the student input was very well received by all.

Dr Atherton is currently collating his findings and will produce a paper when this is complete. The core student group have been invited to contribute to this paper, which is currently ‘in writing’. Louise felt privileged to have been involved in this and she appreciates fully the implications the outcome of this research could have on the education of future UK nurses. If you would like to know more about Louise’s involvement you can contact her at Louise’s e-mail

Student Conference Success

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The 6th Annual UWS Mental Health Nursing conference, entitled ‘Care, Cope, Connect’, which was organised by third year students was held yesterday at Paisley Campus.
The event is held at a different UWS campus every year, bringing together Mental Health Nursing students from across the University. Here are some pictures from what was a very successful, event. Well done to all the student organisers. But which Campus won the Annual Quiz! Did Dumfries retain their title?

Last Days at Paisley Campus

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More farewells and good luck. This time for the Paisley Midwifery students and Adult Nursing students. Hope that the future is bright! You will all of course be welcomed back as Postgraduate students when the time comes.

Enjoy Your Future; Make us Proud!

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Congratulations, and good luck for a great future to our 2016 class of nurses on their last day at Hamilton Campus yesterday.