Student Nursing Awards applaud student experience at UCLan

29 April 2018

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing wins Student Experience category at national event

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was announced as the deserving winner of the Student Experience category at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018.

Following a record-breaking year of award entries, UCLan’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing won the award in recognition of the emphasis it puts on the overall student experience.

In deciding on the winner, judges looked for motivational and inspiring teaching staff, high-quality resources and a focus on academic achievement, hands-on clinical skills and people skills.

Professor Nigel Harrison, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at UCLan, commented: “I am proud of the Faculty’s staff who work hard to provide the truly exceptional student experience that we have been recognised for. This is a great reward for the staff who work tirelessly to deliver such outstanding teaching."

"We are a huge provider of nursing education in the North West and have excellent links with health professionals in the NHS as well as a high level of student employment."

The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards were announced during a glittering afternoon ceremony held at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Student nurses, universities and organisations from across the student nursing community were honoured in 19 categories dedicated to celebrating exceptional achievement.

UCLan was also shortlisted for the Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration), Student Innovation in Practice and Student Midwife of the Year awards.

Jenni Middleton, Nursing Times editor and host of the Student Nursing Times Awards commented: “The Student Nursing Times Awards are a fantastic celebration of student nurses and the universities and placement providers that educate and train them. The skills, expertise and insight that is taught by educators and mentors in provider organisations as well as in the academic setting is to be celebrated because it inspires our next generation of nursing talent. Every year, our judges are stunned by the standard of our entrants, and this year in particular they commented to me just how much better the quality of applicants was."

Nigel Harrison
Nigel Harrison

"We are delighted to be handing out these trophies to the very best students, and the organisations that are supporting them and helping them to become nurses."

Principal lecturer Dr Erin Morehead co-ordinated UCLan’s award-winning submission. The University sponsors the Nurse Educator of the Year award, which is presented by Professor Harrison with Head of the School of Nursing, Karen Wright, on the judging panel.

Going into its eighth year, the Student Nursing Times Awards will return in 2019 and are the only awards recognising student nurses and nurse education.