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News roundup

Published: 26 September 2013

A summary of the latest news and intelligence from around the Faculty.

Congratulations to Dr Cathy Bowen and everyone involved in the submission to Athena SWAN who have achieved a bronze charter for the Faculty.  The Athena SWAN panel remarked that our submission ‘clearly reached the required standard for a bronze award'. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at Imperial College London later in the year.


Almost 100 guests attended the celebratory event last night to mark the 30th anniversary since the Bachelor of Nursing undergraduate degree was first offered by our University.  Many of those alumni attending wore their original nursing badges which brought a great sense of community to the event and complemented the Faculty's own unique collection.

The anniversary has received great media support: two in-depth interviews on BBC Radio Solent, many tweets and re-tweets from media outlets such as the Nursing Times, NHS partners have featured the story on their intranets and in staff newsletters and the event is to be featured for a second time in the Daily Echo shortly.


On Monday the Faculty will be warmly welcoming 22 occupational therapy (OT) students from Sweden who are here to work collaboratively with our students. This unique project has expanded from our single student Erasmus opportunities and gives all students enrolled on OT courses in both universities the opportunity collaborate and explore differences in education and working practices.


Three of our academics have had a book published which is officially launched today.  The title ‘Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing' is authored by Sandra Walker, Dianne Carpenter and Yvonne Middlewick and forms part of the Transforming Nursing Practice series published by Learning Matters.

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