Nominations high for the University in national nursing awards


Birmingham City University has received a record number of nominations in the shortlist for this years Student Nursing Times Awards.

Birmingham City University has been nominated 14 times for seven different categories in this year’s awards.

The awards recognise outstanding educational institutions that offer courses to develop the leadership, management and clinical skills of aspiring nurses, and which provide an educational environment that nurtures and develops the talent of qualified nurses.

Professor Ian Blair,Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, has said: “I want to offer hearty congratulations to all of our staff and to the students who have been nominated in these awards. The Faculty is thrilled with the quality, range and volume of nominations. This is by far the largest number of nominations we have ever secured.”

“The School of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to providing the highest standards of student experience in the Nursing education sector and our courses are delivered by fantastic professionals with a wealth of experience and the up most passion to support the training and development of Nursing experts for the future.”

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Birmingham City University

Awards the University has been nominated for include Education Provider of the Year for for Pre-registration courses which recognises universities and colleges with courses that nurture and develop the talent of aspiring nurses. 

In addition to Pre-Registration courses, the University has also been nominated for Education Provider of the Year for post Post-registration. This category recognises outstanding educational institutions that offer courses to develop the leadership, management and clinical skills of qualified nurses.

Meanwhile, Nicola Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing and Andrew Powell, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Human Physiology have been nominated in the Educator of the Year category.

Elsewhere, student Naomi Bentley has been nominated for Student Nurse of the Year in Mental Health with Abigail Clarke and Angela Harrison-Bennett both shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year for Learning Disabilities. For the children’s nursing category, Lauren Bradbury, Debbie Luton, Lydia Edwards, Esther Olive and Patricia Stringfellow were all nominated.

Birmingham City University is also up for nomination for two projects in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category. One project is the Skills Practice and Care Enhancement

(S.P.A.C.E) room which was designed to provide students with a creative learning environment available to access outside of lecture time to practice their skills.

The other nominated project is the ‘Know Your Organs’ which is a practical workshop where students get to study 15 separate organs with the support of a nurse or physiologist so that they can better understand human anatomy.

Covering Adult Nursing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Midwifery and Child Health, Birmingham City University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery offers students cutting-edge learning facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres and seminar rooms, mock wards, birthing rooms, operating theatres and virtual reality software.

The University also provides opportunities for students to travel abroad and observe nursing practise in other countries and gain a global outlook on their profession.

The winners of each category will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday 26 April in London on Park Lane.

Later this year, Birmingham City University will open its new £41 million Health Sciences and Education building on its City South Campus on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston.

This building will help reinforce Birmingham City University's status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and producer of more teachers than any other institution in the West Midlands.

The space will offer teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs.

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