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Post-Graduate Open Day at Paisley

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Discover more about UWS postgraduate courses at our Paisley Campus Open Day on: Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm-5pm.
The Open Day will give prospective students the opportunity to speak to staff about existing and new course developments, discuss their career interests, and discover more about the University’s significant investment in teaching and learning, IT and campus facilities.

Find out more here: www.uws.ac.uk/opendays


UWS Announced as China’s First Official Training Partner in Scotland

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In the first instance of its kind in Scotland, University of the West of Scotland has been recognised as an official training partner for China after receiving accreditation from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA).

SAFEA is the Chinese government agency responsible for certifying foreign experts to work in mainland China and for organising overseas training for Chinese professionals. This endorsement means UWS becomes the first organisation in Scotland to be accredited to provide technical and managerial training to organisations in China.

Principal & Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney said of the accreditation,

“The University has a long and proud history of friendship with China. We are absolutely delighted our already strong foundations of partnership and collaboration have been further strengthened through this important accreditation by the Chinese State Administration. This will have significant importance for UWS and for Scotland as a whole, and open up new and impactful areas of activity.”

The announcement came as Scotland’s First Minister was visiting China as part of a trade mission to further develop Scottish-Chinese business and education links. UWS Vice Principal (Global Engagement) Andrew Disbury is participating in the visit to investigate opportunities for UWS in China.

 On UWS’s recognition, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“UWS has a strong track-record of positive engagement and cooperation with partners at a national and international level. This accreditation from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs will help to further strengthen Scotland’s academic and cultural links with China, enabling our two countries to continue to share expertise and best practices in a broad number of areas.”

Accreditation as an Overseas Training and Collaborative Organisation (OTCO) will enable University teams to deliver and share training for Chinese partners in a broad number of areas of UWS expertise, including:

  • Creative Media: cultural diplomacy, media practice
  • Environmental Health: waste management, circular economy, food safety
  • Global Tourism: rural tourism, cultural heritage and regeneration, global branding
  • Healthcare: Older people’s and dementia care, midwifery and newborn care, community healthcare
  • Immersive Teaching: transformational education, VR/AR technology in teaching
  • Integration between education and industry: Modern Apprenticeships, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • International Innovation and Entrepreneurship: enterprise education
  • Science & Technology: Thin films, 5G technology, Smart City technology, aircraft engineering
  • Sport: football coach training

As an official OTCO, UWS will be the first Scottish organisation to participate in the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals in Shenzhen (being held 14-16 April). UWS colleagues Margaret Scott from Enterprise Services & Employer Engagement and Chao Guo from the School of Business & Enterprise are attending the event to explore collaborative opportunities with Chinese universities, public sector organisations and companies interested in overseas training.

The University’s accreditation follows a lengthy process of review by the State Administration which began in 2016, when our first SAFEA-monitored training was delivered as a pilot by the School of Business & Enterprise to Hainan University. The SAFEA application process has also involved in-country training, visits to UWS campuses and meetings with staff and students. In addition, the University received recommendation from the Chinese Consulate-General and the Education Department of the Chinese Embassy in London for our OTCO application.


Housing and Dementia Blog Just Published

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Recently published, and written by our very own team at the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (@AlzScotCPP ) “Being Home” is the first comprehensive look at Housing and Dementia in Scotland. The report explores the issues around housing and dementia.  Shining a light on good practice, it also includes recommendations for the future.  The key findings of the report can be downloaded from https://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/20170613%20Housing%20Dementia%20Key%20Findings%20FINAL.pdf


More information about housing and the report can be found on the ‘Let’s talk about dementia‘ blog, which can be accessed here.  The Blog piece published yesterday was also written by the team @AlzScotCPP  “Let’s Talk about Dementia” is a Blog developed by Alzheimer Scotland for Allied Healthcare Professionals and is a great resource letting you know whats going on in Scotland in dementia care. The Alzheimers Scotland Centre For Policy and Practice are planning to contribute, so look out for more contributions in the future.




New Collaborative Research Projects in New South Wales, Australia

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BelindaAustralia1Professor Belinda Dewar has spent the last two weeks New South Wales, Australia setting up two new research/enterprise projects that will together secure funding of around £120k.
She is pictured above with Professor Virginia Skinner from the Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development, Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, who she will be working together with on a collaborative research project. The project, funded by New South Wales Health, Australia, will explore what an excellent student midwife experience looks like and aims to develop practice that can enhance this.
Professor Dewar and colleagues are also taking forward an exciting new appreciative inquiry development with Bundaleer, an accredited Residential Aged Care provider that operates a Retirement Village, Residential Care across two sites, as well as Consumer Directed In-Home Care, Respite packages and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Wauchope New South Wales. The partnership will explore what matters to people who live, visit and work there, what they value, and try to develop with the users and the service what a positive future looks like.

Important Study on Employer’s Responses to Dementia will be Released Tomorrow

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Dr Louise Ritchie and Professor Debbie Tolson based at our Hamilton Campus have played an important role in a dementia study which is launched next week. The Carnegie Trust funded study, Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland, was a collaboration between UWS, Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh Napier.

The research report will be officially launched at an event at Edinburgh Napier tomorrow (Tuesday 20th March 2018).

It is estimated that approximately 90,000 people across Scotland have dementia. Dementia is most common in people over 65 years but can affect working age people. Under the law, employers have to ensure that their employees have equal opportunities regardless of age and disability.

The aim of the research was to explore how employers in Scotland support their employees with dementia through examining employers’ policies, practices and understanding of their legal duties.

Dr Louise Ritchie who has published previously on this topic said

“This project was a valuable follow-up from our previous research on Dementia in the Workplace. Understanding the current policy and practice of employers in relation to dementia is vital in order to design and implement appropriate interventions to support people affected by dementia in the workplace in the future.”

Professor Tolson, who is Director of Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) and Assistant Dean (Research and Enterprise) of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said

“This was an important project which brought together interdisciplinary researchers from different Scottish universities to work together to achieve high quality, impactful research.”

“Class in a Bag” on Tour to Larkhall Academy!

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Yesterday (30th. of Jan. 2018) some of our  3rd year nursing students visited Larkhall Academy in South Lanarkshire, raising awareness about Dementia with their S2 pupils using our ‘Class in a Bag’ resource which was winner of the Best Educational Initiative category at Scotland’s Dementia Awards in 2017

Thanks to Larkhall Academy for the twitter post below, and the great pictures

“Some of our S2 pupils had the opportunity to work with Nursing students from UWS looking at “Dementia through the eyes of a child”. Pupils enjoyed this workshop while learning about this important topic, a huge thanks to @UWS for this!

To find out more about the resource click the link ‘class in a bag’

Join Our Free “Tackling Inequalities” Course

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Our University has partnered with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) and the University of Dundee on a free online course called Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design, which will launch on 18th February on FutureLearn. 

We have had nearly 15,000 health, and social care practitioners, third-sector professionals, managers, students and service users join in on our MOOCs so far. 

This course offers an enjoyable and enlightening continued professional development (CPD) opportunity for people working across all disciplines to learn about what health inequalities are, and how we can work together to reduce them. With 12 hours of learning over four weeks, the course gives learners the chance to learn about successful projects across Scotland and share insights from their own practice and the experience of others.  

The course is open for enrollment now: