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@UniWestScotland @uwshealth Career Fair Deemed a Resounding Success

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Over 350 of our School’s students, from across the four Scottish campuses, attended the University-organised Nursing Careers Fair at Paisley Campus on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

The event was attended by 36 exhibitors all keen to speak with our nursing students about their future employment opportunities, with several students receiving employment offers on the day.  Exhibitors included local and national NHS Health Boards and government agencies, as well as nursing agencies and private healthcare providers.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive with students highlighting the networking opportunities with a range of employers as well as the ability to undertake interviews on the day as particularly important.  The exhibitors at the event also commented on the high calibre of the students they met throughout the day as was evidenced by the numerous job offers received from our students.

Maria Pollard, Deputy Dean of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery said

“We are delighted with the positive response we have received from our students and exhibitors to this extremely successful event. It was very encouraging to hear of the numerous job offers made on the day and I’m sure that many more will follow in the weeks ahead as a result of connections made at the event.”

 

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Scotland’s Breastfeeding Celebration and Awareness Week 18-22 June

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Scotland’s Breastfeeding Awareness Week will take place 18-22 June, and the focus has been directed by the findings from the Scottish Maternal and Infant Feeding Survey – mainly breastfeeding in public and empowering women around milk supply issues. Scotland will also be celebrating the wonderful achievement of 100% Baby Friendly accreditation in maternity and community services. Find out more about Scotland’s recent infant feeding survey results.

Breastfeeding weeks aim to raise awareness of the health and well-being outcomes of breastfeeding and the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish.  Please find below an informative video.

We are proud to have fully UNICEF BFI accredited midwifery and health visiting programmes at UWS and we will be engaging with this event- more information to follow!!!!

New Transport Links to Lanarkshire Campus Announced

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The University has announced that there will be two new transport links to and from the new campus in Lanarkshire. Transport operator, First Bus, will launch regular bus services between Hamilton International Technology Park – where the campus is located – to Hamilton and East Kilbride Bus Stations.

The service will be available to all students, staff and the public from 03 September 2018, providing a fast, reliable, frequent and environmentally friendly travel option for commuters.
Service UW1 will operate every 10 minutes between Hamilton Bus Station, Hamilton West and the Lanarkshire campus, providing a link with most other bus and rail services in the area.

Service UW2 will provide a direct service between East Kilbride Bus Station and the new campus.
Both services will be on UWS branded double-decker buses with additional features including leather seats with built-in USB ports and free wi-fi. A fantastic range of money-saving fares will be available.

The new services represent a significant milestone for the University as we prepare to welcome the first cohort of students to our new £110 million campus in September.

The campus – with its technology-rich, innovative learning and social spaces – will be at the forefront of modern learning environments and significantly enriches the educational journey of the 4,000 students and 300 staff who will attend there. Look out for further notices across the University when full bus timetables are confirmed.

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:

https://web.ua.es/en/verano/2018/summer-courses/understanding-dementia-a-practical-introduction-for-students-practitioners-and-family-care-givers.html

 

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