Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences wins at Student Nursing Times Awards

Swansea University’s BN Nursing programme has been named the best Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-Registration) in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014 were announced on 1 May at an inspiring awards lunch, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane. This year’s Student Nursing Times Awards received a record-breaking number of entries, with double the number of talented student nurses, education providers, and mentors entering compared to the inaugural awards ceremony in 2013.

‌The award recognises universities that offer high standards of academic and practical teaching, and excellent resources.

The nursing programme was nominated for the award by Simone Bedford, Senior Nurse Lecturer at Swansea University, following a long period of illness.

Following the announcement, Simone said: “This is a great achievement for the College and the university.  It is a representation of all the hard work that goes into providing a first class nurse education programme.

“I may have made the nomination, but it was the student testimonials which won us the award, so my thanks goes to them”.

Simone attended the event, along with Gwyneth Warner, Senior Lecturer and Programme Manger Pre-Registration BSc Nursing, Shelly Hill, Senior ‌Clerical Assistant (Placements), and student nurse Joanne Gwilym on behalf of the College of Human and Health Sciences. 

Dr David Barton, Head of the Department of Nursing in the College of Human and Health Science, said: “As the Head of the Department of Nursing in the College of Human and Health Science at Swansea University, I am delighted that we have won this national and prestigious prize. 

“My particular thanks go to Simone Bedford, a member of our team based at the St David’s Park Campus in Carmarthen, for putting the nomination forward.  This Award reflects the hard work of all the teaching and support staff who contribute to the programme and the high standard of Nurse Education that we are committed to.

“It would be remiss of me if I did not make reference to the Clinical Nurses in the Welsh NHS that support our students as they progress to become first class professional nurses. Finally, I must also acknowledge our student nurses, over 750 of them.  They represent the best of what we expect, and are of course the very future of our profession. Well done everyone”.

Swansea University was also shortlisted in the Student Placement of the Year (Community) award.

Alyson Davies, a Senior Lecturer in the Children and Young People's Nursing Team within the College was on the judging panel for the Student Nurse of the year – Children award.