Up and coming nursing and midwifery talent is recognised with bumper award nominations

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Staff and students in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham have been shortlisted for seven Student Nursing Times Awards.

The Student Nursing Times Awards are the ninth annual awards hosted by Nursing Times to celebrate the achievements of the student nursing community. 

The awards will bring together the nursing community to shine a light on the brightest talent making their way into the profession.

The next generation of nursing and midwifery talent at the University of Nottingham have been recognised on this year’s shortlist, with five students nominated in the following categories:

  • Ashley Duncan (MSc Advanced Nursing) Learner of the Year: Post-registration
  • Beatrice Bennett (final year, BSc Midwifery): Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs and Student Midwife of the Year
  • Damilola Onanuga (final year, BSc Nursing – Mental Health) Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health
  • Hannah Slack (final year, BSc Midwifery): Student Midwife of the Year
  • Sala Khulumula (final year, Graduate Entry Nursing MSc Nursing - Adult): Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion

Highlighting excellence in education across all specialties of nursing, the awards also provide the opportunity to congratulate the lecturers, practice supervisors, universities, trusts and private organisations going above and beyond to support student nurses on their journey. From the University of Nottingham, the nominations are:

  • Katherine Midgley and Kate Simpson, Teaching Innovation of the Year
  • Alex Smith, Educator of the Year

The winners of Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 will be announced on Friday 24 April 2020 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London. 

The School of Health Sciences is delighted that it has students and staff shortlisted in a range of categories for the Student Nursing Times awards again this year. The School prides itself on empowering students and staff and this national recognition of their commitment to nursing and midwifery leadership and education is really gratifying, particularly this year, as 2020 is the WHO designated Year of the Nurse and Midwife. As Head of School I am proud to be surrounded by such talented individuals.”
Professor Joanne Lymn, Head of the School of Health Sciences
Charlotte Anscombe - Media Relations Manager - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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