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Annual Postgraduate Symposium 2012

15 November 2012

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The Symposium took place in the University's Glamorgan Building

The School’s annual Postgraduate Symposium took place on Tuesday 13th November, with a programme of presentations from current students as well as poster displays.

The event was well attended by academic staff and PGR students from throughout the University, providing the ideal opportunity to showcase the work being undertaken by the School’s postgraduate researchers.

Dr Katie Featherstone, Director of PGR, welcomed everyone to the event and took the opportunity to outline some of the achievements from the past year, including the receipt of Florence Nightingale Scholarships by students Amie Hodges and Nikki West, and the award of outstanding students of the year plus prizes of £1,250 for Mandayachepa Nyando and Mohammad Marie.

Plenary Sessions

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Abdulrahman Aldawood, who won first prize for his research poster, with supervisor Professor Daniel Kelly

The event began in earnest with keynote speaker Professor Gareth Williams from the University’s School of Social Sciences. Professor Williams is Director of the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit and Associate Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society and Health (CISHE). A regular adviser to the Welsh Government, the Department of Health and the UK’s National Prevention Research Initiative, he has recently been appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services in the Welsh Assembly to Public Health Wales as a Non-Executive Director. In his keynote speech, Professor Williams discussed the importance of sociology to nurses and other health professionals. He talked about the way in which the relevance of sociology and sociological implications ‘jumped out’ from the research posters displayed as part of the symposium, giving the example that many explored ethnicity as a factor of people’s experiences of health and social care.

Professor Williams was followed by papers delivered by PGR students at varying stages of their PhDs or Professional  Doctorates. Speakers included Shema Ammer, recently distinguished by the king of Saudi Arabia as a high achieving postgraduate student, and Nikki West, recently nominated for RCN Nurse of the Year.

Dr Featherstone concluded the event by highlighting the relevance and potential impact of all the postgraduate research being done throughout the School, and the ability of our students to combine their research with their clinical expertise to change patients’ experiences for the better.

Prizes

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PGR student Laura Goodwin won second prize for her research poster on UK midwives and ethnic minority mothers

Professor Williams judged the research posters displayed and selected the three best to be awarded a prize:

3rd David Evans for his poster titled ‘What are the psychosocial implications of head and neck cancer treatment on patients and their first-degree relatives?’

2nd Laura Goodwin for her poster titled ‘An Exploration into Relationships between UK Midwives and Ethnic Minority Mothers; the Factors Contributing to an Imbalance in Reciprocal Interactions’

1stAbdulrahman Aldawood for his poster titled ‘Developing Nursing Leadership in Saudi Arabia’

Well done to all our prize winners – we look forward to hearing them present at next year’s Symposium!

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