Student Leadership Programme place for Swansea University student nurse

A student nurse from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been chosen to join the prestigious Council of Deans of Health Student Leadership Programme.

Sam Richards, who is in the first year of his Mental Health Nursing degree, will travel to Reading in March to take part in the first residential event, which includes tailored workshops, lectures and seminars led by individuals in a leadership position

The programme is a partnership between the Council of Deans of Health and the Burdett Trust for Nursing aimed at developing and promoting student leadership.

Sam said: “Returning to university as a mature student, I was initially concerned that the years of non-healthcare related work that I’d done might actually prove a disadvantage but with the encouragement of my personal tutor Beryl Mansel, I quickly realised that the experience I had built up managing my own business and working within the wider retail industry actually provides a number of transferable organisational and managerial skills that can be applied to a Nursing role. 

 “I'm hoping that the opportunity to exchange ideas with other students and to have access to speakers and mentors from Healthcare Leadership will allow me to build confidence in my existing skills and develop new ones along the way.

“The programme will provide me with an increased confidence to combine the management skills that I bring from outside of healthcare with my newly acquired Nursing knowledge and carry these forward in to my studies, and I hope, ultimately into a leadership role on graduation.”

Jayne Cutter, Head of the Department of Nursing said:  "Sam has been successful in being selected as one of only 90 students from across the UK to join the programme this year. The programme will help Sam develop the skills necessary to become a future leader in the design and delivery of healthcare and being a part of it is a significant achievement. I am very proud of Sam and I know he will be a great ambassador for the College."