UWE nursing moves to vibrant Gloucester docks

Issue date: 11 July 2011

Nursing students from the University of the West of England will gain from improved facilities and closer ties to NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire from September, when the Department of Nursing and Midwifery within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences relocates from Hartpury College to the newly refurbished Alexandra Warehouse, Gloucester docks.

The University is working in partnership with Gloucestershire College who recently announced the purchase of the Alexandra Warehouse, with plans to create a higher education and business hub in the heart of Gloucester.

The University is currently recruiting for the BSc (Hons) Adult and BSc (Hons) Mental Health nursing courses for this September at the new Alexandra Docks site.

Nursing offers a rewarding and challenging career with many opportunities for development and is one of the most popular degrees at the University. Employability rates for UWE graduates entering nursing are impressive, with 96% of last year's graduates in adult nursing finding work within the profession regionally. Courses offer a carefully integrated balance of nursing theory and practice across three teaching sites: Glenside Campus, Swindon Education Centre and the new Alexandra Warehouse, Gloucester docks. The three year full time degree offers a range of hospital and community placements within the NHS and independent sector utilising the expertise and experience of both clinical and academic staff.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences will take three floors of the newly refurbished HE centre at Alexandra Docks on a 10 year lease to house the popular BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degrees. An increased need for space and the benefits of a city centre location to students were some of the key factors for relocating from Hartpury College.

Professor Helen Langton, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of the West of England said, “We are really excited about the new move to the Alexandra Warehouse and the benefits for UWE nursing students. We have had a very successful partnership with Hartpury College and whilst the University will continue to facilitate programmes there, the opportunity to relocate our nursing programmes provides us with closer links to the NHS trusts who are our key partners in ensuring these programmes provide our students with the experience they need to become the nurses of the future.

“The move to the centre of Gloucester presents a number of exciting development opportunities for UWE – it means that we can build on the nursing programmes that we have established in the area, further developing our partnership with Gloucestershire College and increasing the range of professional health training options for students. The central location of Alexandra Warehouse and its close proximity to the NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire will also enable us to develop our relationships with NHS partners which will in turn, lead to a further enhanced student experience.”

Over 400 new and current nursing students will make the move to the vibrant new space in September. The Alexandra Warehouse, a historic listed building, has been refurbished to a high specification and students will benefit from the purpose built skills and simulation suite, as well as a fully equipped on site library and the full use of Gloucester College facilities.

Greg Smith, Principal, Gloucestershire College, said, “The purchase of the Alexandra Warehouse is part of the College's long term investment into Gloucestershire, supporting our mission statement 'Transforming lives, supporting business'. The new centre will bring new life into the Docks area which presents many exciting opportunities, and we are pleased to be working in partnership with UWE, bringing higher education to the heart of the city centre.”

For further information on BSc (Hons) Adult and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degrees contact Vanda.Fenn@uwe.ac.uk and for more information on studying Nursing at UWE visit:http://hsc.uwe.ac.uk/school/nursing.aspx


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