The achievements of final year students were recognised at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences awards ceremony.
The awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of students from across Bournemouth University's health and social sciences courses – with course-specific prizes being given among awards recognising compassionate care, exceptional leadership qualities, and achievement against adversity.
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing student Niamh Stott received The Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust for Pre-Registration Nursing Prize (Salisbury Bertie Bailey Award) for her commitment and positive attitude while on placement at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Niamh, who has already secured a job working in a cystic fibrosis unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary when she completes her studies, said: “I really enjoyed my placements at Salisbury. It’s quite a small hospital and it’s so friendly, the education programme there is amazing for student nurses and it’s been brilliant.
“I really wasn’t expecting to win an award, I’m so surprised. When I first found out, I thought it was a joke!
“But it’s so amazing that the university has gone to all of this effort for us and it makes you feel really valued. To be picked out and honoured for whatever it is we’ve done is a really nice way to end the degree.”
The awards were opened by Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Professor Elizabeth Rosser, and closed by BU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney, with a keynote speech by Clare Killingback who spoke about her experience working as a physiotherapist around the world.
With a red carpet reception and networking buffet, student winners also had the chance to celebrate their achievements with friends, family, coursemates and lecturers.
Professor Rosser said: “This is a fantastic occasion for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Our faculty-specific prize winners’ evening gives us the opportunity to recognise the hard work and achievements of some of our outstanding students.
“We celebrated students working hard academically, on placement, their leadership and for some, just how they have achieved through experiencing considerable adversity.
“We couldn’t be more proud of their achievements, and we look forward to hearing what they accomplish during their long and rewarding careers in the industries of healthcare and in social sciences.”
Full list of the winners:
The Dorset County Council Prize: BA Sharon Vine; MA Jacob McKay
The Rodger White Prize: BA - Charlotte Lewis; MA - Sally Shakespeare
The Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Prize: Ben Holt
The Poole Hospital Post-Registration and Clinical Excellence Prize: Victoria Mansfield (Advanced Nurse Practitioner programme)
The Poole Hospital Pre-Registration and Clinical Excellence Prize: Dawn Keates
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Prize: Shakira Hines
The Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust for Pre-registration Nursing Prize (Salisbury Bertie Bailey Award): Niamh Stott
Phi Mu Chapter (Honour Society for Nurses) Award: Danielle Tirel and Jennifer Gotch-Kane
SUBU Award: Ebony Harding and Scott Bruce
The HSS Nutrition Award: Emily Rogers
The HSS Clinical Exercise Science Award: Jack Andrews
The HSS Midwifery Award: Anne Power and Abigail Taylor
The HSS Operating Department Practice Award: Jodie Nicholls and Paul Allen
The HSS Occupational Therapy Award: Alfie Young
The HSS Physiotherapy Award: Katherine Angeloni
The HSS Physiotherapy Team Award: Annabel Shawcroft
The Children's and Young People's Nursing Award: Keri Hilton
The Sarah Cheesman Compassionate Care Prize: Gemma Ward
The HSS Sociology and Social Policy Prize: Laura Woodward and Vivien Gudgeon
The HSS Sociology and Anthropology Prize: Lydia Schmidt and Eleana Davidson
The Dr Eleanor Bond Prize: Sylvia Riding
The Prudence Donaldson Wright Memorial Prize: Jane Beagle
The Sue Sutherland Prize: Christy-Anna Errington