The training and education of nurses and midwives at the University of Worcester has been recognised with seven shortlistings in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.
The University has been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration), Best Student Experience, and Teaching Innovation of the Year. While four University of Worcester students have also been shortlisted in the awards.
Third year student Ricky Baker has been shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year (Children’s Nursing), Ella Sanford and Maria Lydzinska have both been shortlisted for Student Midwife of the Year, and Joanne Parker has been shortlisted for Trainee Nursing Associate of the Year.
The prestigious Student Nursing Times awards pay tribute to student nurses and midwives and the programmes and people committed to providing outstanding training and education opportunities.
This is the sixth time that the University of Worcester has been shortlisted as Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration). The winners will be announced later in the year.
Professor David Green CBE, the University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: “Thanks to the top class work of our outstanding nursing and midwifery educators, together with the highly professional mentors in the health trusts, we have earned the reputation as one of the very best educators of healthcare professionals in the country. I’m delighted that this is recognised in being shortlisted for so many awards at this year’s Students Nursing Times Awards. It builds on the many successes of the University over this recent period, which have also included being named number one in the UK for Quality Education and Gender Equality in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, being shortlisted for University of the Year in the THE Awards and UK Social Mobility Awards, and being named Sustainability Institution of the Year in the Green Gown Awards.”
Students at Worcester benefit from well-qualified, creative, enthusiastic, supportive staff and have access to some exceptional learning facilities. The University works in close collaboration with employers, including the NHS, and Worcester graduates are among the most employable in the Country.
Robert Dudley, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at the University said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for seven awards at this year’s Students Nursing Times Awards, including four of our outstanding students.
“We carefully select students for their ability to become outstanding, caring, compassionate professionals who go on to make a valuable contribution to the communities they serve. We empower them to think critically and professionally about the challenges they face, so that they themselves can push for transformation and drive improvement in their services in the future.”
Mr Dudley added: “We have expanded the number of places available on Nursing programmes this September, with placements available across the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, as well as in the West Midlands, including in Dudley and Halesowen. If you are interested in studying with us contact the University as soon as possible.”
Ricky Baker is in his third year of study at the University of Worcester. He said: “The University has opened the door to several opportunities, actively encouraging me to make a positive impact as a student nurse, for which I am eternally grateful. This has led to me being involved in many extracurricular activities and projects that ultimately positively impact on student experience and children’s nursing as a whole. Therefore, to have been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year: Children, is a surreal experience as I do what I do for my love of nursing and wanting to help others along their journey as a student nurse.
“I highly value my role as a student and have the greatest sense of achievement when making an impact to a child’s life and I will ensure that I continue to be a positive role model for children and their families who access children’s healthcare services.”