Gloucester Cathedral to host graduating nurses for first time

Issue date: 14 October 2015

UWE students attending a service to celebrate the life of Florence Nightingale in London

Nurses educated at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) campus in Gloucester will graduate from the city's cathedral for the first time this week.

Adult and mental health nurses will graduate in a ceremony tomorrow (Thursday October 15) after studying at UWE's Department of Nursing and Midwifery's based at Gloucester Docks.

Almost 60 students will proudly pick up their degrees at the historic cathedral in front of almost 200 relatives and friends. In previous years, students based in Gloucester graduated at Bristol Cathedral.

Dr Rachel Sales, Associate Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, said moving the ceremonies to Gloucester Cathedral meant students' successes could now be celebrated in the city in which they studied.

Marie Pritchard, a third year nursing student at UWE, said, “It is a lovely way to finish our student nurse journey. Having worked and studied in Gloucester for the past three years we now have the fantastic opportunity to celebrate our graduation as Gloucester Cathedral.”

Students will graduate from the following courses: Diploma of Higher Education Adult Nursing, Diploma of Higher Education Health and Social Studies, Foundation Degree Science Health Care Practice, Bachelor of Science Nursing (Adult), Bachelor of Science Nursing (Mental Health), Bachelor of Science with Honours Nursing (Adult), Bachelor of Science with Honours Nursing (Mental Health) and Graduate Diploma Nursing (Mental Health).

One outstanding candidate will be awarded the Gill Hek Prize - presented to the pre-registration nursing student awarded the highest mark in their cohort for their dissertation. A student will also receive the Will Brown Memorial Prize, awarded to an individual who has made a valuable contribution within the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery's campus in Gloucester is located in the Alexandra Warehouse, a historic listed building refurbished to a high specification and featuring a purpose-built skills suite.

As the major training partner in Gloucestershire, UWE supports the training of both undergraduate and qualified nurses, working with partner organisations to provide high quality nurses in the county.

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