High praise for Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences students
03 October 2012
Students in the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences come together to celebrate their academic success in 2012.
Chris Tyrer-Hope, MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical), graduated with Distinction. Chris has been doing his masters alongside a full-time position as a Community Matron. Chris said: "I came to LJMU because the masters course was recommended to me. I've really enjoyed by time at the University, it was hard work doing the masters at the same time as my full-time job but the staff were really supportive."
Michelle McManus, BA (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Adult), gained a first in her degree. She says she particularly liked the practical side of her course. Michelle commented: "I thought LJMU was great, it was really good fun and I met lots of people. I really enjoyed the course itself. I liked a lot of the practical elements and the tutors were really supportive. I now have a job as a Cardiothoracic Surgical Nurse at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London."
Kelly Owens received an Academic Excellence Award and graduated today with a Master of Science in Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner (Paediatric Ambulatory Care).
Kelly took a sabbatical to study for her master's degree but will now return to her role working as an Advanced Practitioner in a community setting. Kelly's work involves supporting GP's in the community and managing a team of nurses.
"It's been hard work but I loved the course, it really pushes you and challenges your thinking. The support and motivation I received from tutors was great too."
Alison Welsh graduates with an MSc in Public Health. She currently works as a Public Health Development Nurse for Liverpool Community Health in Sefton. In this unique role she is tasked with supporting other health professional as they work together to reduce public health inequalities.
Alison has worked in public health for 10 years, following an earlier career as a midwife. "My self-confidence has grown since doing the course and I’m now at the same standard as other colleagues who have master's degrees," she says. "Studying has been a great experience and a little indulgent too, giving me time to study the policies that underpin the work I do."
James Akinlua is graduating today with an MSc in International Public Health. After receiving a national award from the President of Nigeria and completing his training as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Lagos, he chose LJMU to study his Master of Science as he was impressed by the World of Work programme and its employer partnerships. James is now going to study a PhD and hopes to return to Nigeria following this, with the aim of using his academic knowledge to help develop the health system there.
"This city really welcomes international students and I've found it a very friendly place. I've always been interested in Public Health and I definitely chose the right place to study, as LJMU really stood out in terms of what it offers both academically and for World of Work skills. The tutors were also excellent and I would like to thank Rose Khatri for all her support throughout my time here."
Ben Worth, BA (Hons) Midwifery is now working as a Case loading Midwife at Arrowe Park Maternity Unit.
"I chose to study at LJMU as I knew that the NHS was advising the University on its World of Work skills. The degree also offered a range of opportunities to enhance my professional skills through placements in both Merseyside and further afield. The training facilities for midwifery students are excellent and recreate a realistic hospital environment . I've found Liverpool to be a great city and I was really pleased to find a job in the local area."
BSc (Hons) Paramedic Studies graduate Luke Ballance has been working as a paramedic for the last year while he has finished his degree. "I’ve wanted to be a paramedic since I was in my teens," he says. "This course has enabled me to further my academic knowledge and gain employment in the ambulance service too. The job provides daily challenges. No day is ever the same."
BSc (Hons) Midwifery graduate Elizabeth Haydock says that one of the highlights of her degree was seeing her first birth – just three weeks after she enrolled. "I just remember standing there crying," she says, "it was so wonderful."
LJMU's midwifery programme combines intensive professional experience gained via a range of placements with lectures and taught sessions in the University. The combination is the perfect preparation for professional life, as Elizabeth explains: "The course has definitely prepared me for life in midwifery, which relies on continuous lifelong learning while you are working."
Elizabeth is currently working as a midwife in Whiston Hospital. Longer term she hopes to become a midwifery lecturer or move into management within a clinical setting.
Dr Claire Gunby completed her PhD (Exploring Experiences of and Perspectives Towards, Alcohol Intoxication and Non Consentual Sex Amongst a Student and Legal Population) in 2011 with the Centre for Public Health in conjunction with the School of Law.
Claire is a lecturer in Criminal Justice at LJMU. She said "The whole experience has been excellent and I’ve had such great support from the tutors."
"I’ve been working with Liverpool City Safe Crime Reduction Partnership in the development of a rape campaign which was running throughout Liverpool city centre clubs and bars to raise awareness around alcohol related sexual offences."
Clare will now be involved in evaluating the impact of the campaign during the coming months.
LJMU Learning and Teaching Awards
The work of LJMU staff delivering not just best but excellence practice is recognised by the University through its annual Learning and Teaching Awards. At today’s ceremony, an individual award for outstanding impact on the student learning experience was presented to Anita Maestri-Banks, Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences.
Best in Class 2012
The following students are the winners of the 2012 Academic Excellence Awards for the highest award mark in each graduating cohort.
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences