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SONMS Celebrates 40 Year History

13 June 2012

The School celebrated its 40 year history this month by hosting a Gala Dinner and Conference, reuniting alumni, past and current staff.

From four members of staff and just 10 students in the first cohort of the course back in 1972, the School has grown to over 150 members of staff, with more than 1,700 current students in 2012. The anniversary celebrations gave us the chance to reflect on the development of nursing and midwifery education within the School over the past four decades, but also to look forward and consider the contribution we have yet to make.

Rosemary Kennedy Speaking

Gala Dinner

The celebrations began with a Gala Dinner on Friday 18th May, which took place in the University’s Glamorgan Building in Cardiff’s Civic Centre.The evening began with a wine reception, accompanied by a harpist from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Alumni and guests were then invited to sit for a three course meal, hosted by Professor Sheila Hunt. Between courses guests were treated to speeches from Professor Hunt, Professor Chapman, and Dr Rosemary Kennedy, Chair of Velindre NHS Trust.

For more details, visit the event web pages.

Anniversary Conference

The celebrations continued with a 40th Anniversary Conference. Despite a slightly wet start, by mid morning the sun was shining, and over 100 delegates had arrived to participate in the conference.

A free of charge, all day event, the aim of the conference was to showcase the School’s achievements over the years, as well as look to the School’s role in the future of nursing and midwifery.  As well as many alumni, current and former members of staff, delegates included NLIAH’s Head of Workforce Development, Stephen Griffiths, the Director of RCM Wales, Helen Rogers, and the RCN’s Associate Director Martin Semple.

Read all about the conference on the event web pages.