Success of BU Health and Social Care students celebrated

The School of Health and Social Care has held its annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the success of graduating students.

Students from each course were awarded prizes from local hospital trusts where they were on placement, course leaders and the Students’ Union.

Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, said “I think this evening is one of the high points of the year because it celebrates some of our incredibly successful students.

“All of students are successful, but these have gone the extra mile and have made a real difference to their peers, to the practitioners they work with, and the patients, clients and service users they work with. Well done to all of them!”

A keynote speech from Judith Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, opened the proceedings with a motivational speech on how learning from the past helps with present challenges.

Presentations were then awarded to the students from all of the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and post-registration courses.

Olivia Tuckerman, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduate and recipient of the Students’ Union Award said: “It’s such a lovely event, I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s achievements”.

Rebecca Mitchell, BSc (Hons) Nutrition graduate and recipient of the Nutrition Award added: “It’s a real pleasure to be here, the evening is really nicely put on and I feel very honoured to be invited to come along”.

The evening closed with a celebration networking event for prize winners, tutors and their families.

Winners of the awards were:

  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Prize – Emma Stride, BSc (Hons) Adult nursing
  • Paramedic Science Award – Amanda Houghton, FdSc Paramedic Science
  • Sociology & Social Policy Award – Charlotte Garrett, BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Prize – Laura Prowse, BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Prize – Eleanor Hooper, Advanced Diploma Mental Health Nursing
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Post-Registration And Clinical Excellence Prize – Ingrid Edwards, HSC CPD Framework
  • Poole Hospital Nhs Foundation Trust Pre-Registration And Clinical Excellence Prize –  Christopher Senior, Advanced Diploma Adult Nursing
  • BERTIE BAILEY AWARD, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust For Pre-Registration Nursing Prize – Rebecca Launchbury, Advanced Diploma Adult Nursing
  • Rodger White Prize – Sabeel Ali, BA (Hons) Social Work and Louise Anderson, MA Social Work
  • Dr Eleanor Bond Award – Ileana Savage, HSC CPD Framework
  • Phi Mu Chapter (England) Award – Peter Bartlett BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing and Amy Phillips BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing
  • Students’ Union Award – Olivia Tuckerman, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition Award – Rebecca Mitchell, BSc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Exercise Science Award – Jasmine Guizzetti, BSc (Hons) Exercise Science
  • Midwifery Award – Rebecca Moss-Coleman, BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice Award – Tina Wade, Dip HE Operating Department Practice
  • Children & Young People’s Nursing Award – Laura Cox, BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Award – Alannah Pasokhy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy Award – Kendal Burns, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Team Award – Christopher Dorey, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Sarah Cheesman Compassionate Care Prize – Zuzana Nechalova, Advanced Diploma Adult Nursing
  • Dorset County Council Award – Daniel Ralph, MA Social Work
  • Dorset County Council PQSW Prize – Faye Nethercote, PG Dip in Advanced Mental Health Practice
  • National Centre For Post-Qualifying Social Work Award – Laura Tanner, Grad Dip Children and Family Studies
  • Marnie Mae Pope Prize – Rebecca Moss-Coleman, BSc (Hons) Midwifery


Germaine Greer gives public talk at Bournemouth University


Leading feminist Germaine Greer was at Bournemouth University (BU) to give a public lecture.

Germaine, an Australian academic and journalist, spoke about state and nature of contemporary feminism during the talk, as well as reflecting on her own role in the movement – some 40 years after the publication of her book The Female Eunuch, which made her a household name.

“Our current situation is worse than it was 40 years ago, but I don’t want to tell you a tale of grief and woe,” said Germaine.

“We have got to find a way to acquire authority – we have got to begin to understand power.

“We are babes in the wood and have no idea. We have been learning how the system works. Now we have got to work out how to change the system and develop leverage.”

Her talk, to a packed lecture theatre at BU’s Talbot Campus, was followed by a question and answer session – which covered topics including feminism and young people, the current situation in India, and maternity care.

Germaine said that recent developments– such as the Everyday Sexism project – were taking feminism away from the “academic discipline” it had become.

She said: “It is harking back to 60s feminism which is liberation feminism – what women are actually looking for, and have looked for all along, is freedom.”

The talk was organised and chaired by Senior Lecturer in Politics Heather Savigny, on behalf of the Women’s Academic Network at Bournemouth University.

Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care at BU, introduced Germaine.

“She has really been an inspiration to me and thousands of other women,” said Gail.

“Germaine shows that, although women have gone a long way over the last 30 years, clearly there is work that still needs to be done.

“It is important not to be complacent and to carry on with the message.”

England’s Chief Nursing Officer gives talk at Bournemouth University


The Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings was among speakers at a nursing society conference which took place at BU.

Jane talked about compassion in practice at the Phi Mu Chapter conference, which took place over two days at the Executive Business Centre.

The Phi Mu Chapter is the English branch of the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing, which is made up of nurse leaders from around the world.

Professor Elizabeth Rosser, Deputy Dean (Education) in BU’s School of Health and Social Care is President of the Phi Mu Chapter, and each year an induction ceremony for new members takes place at BU.

Professor Rosser said that this year, alongside inducting around 12 new members, they decided to hold an inaugural conference.

The theme of the conference was ‘Putting people at the heart of nursing care,’ and as well as guest speakers, there was opportunity for members to network and share ideas of best practice and care, with poster presentations, debates and social activities.

Professor Rosser added: “Having Jane Cummings here means a lot to increasing the profile of BU and nursing at BU.”

In her talk, Jane spoke about the importance of compassion in practice and shared her vision behind her new strategy – the 6 C’s of compassionate care.

She said: “Every single decision any of us makes has an impact on patients. “If we do things right and look after people as they come to the end of their lives, it makes such an impact on people.”

She added: “A degree is not the end, it is the beginning. It is about being able to build on that, and staff skills and expertise.

“I’m incredibly proud of the fantastic stuff that’s happening and we need to shout about it.”

Following her talk, Jane explained that she had been keen to find out more about the Phi Mu Chapter and wanted to continue to engage with universities that teach nursing and midwifery.

“I wanted to make sure that I have the opportunity to engage with universities and staff that lecture, and also the students that are entering the professions,” she said.

“I also wanted to understand a little more about the Phi Mu Chapter – its objectives and goals are really worthwhile and I thought it was a good opportunity to be part of it.”

She added that she was supportive of the nursing curriculum taught at BU – which has a focus on humanisation and the 6 C’s of compassionate care.

“The students I have met today have been amazingly positive.

“I’m hoping [that the members who heard her talk] will take away a sense of optimism and a desire to help implement the different areas of action.”