About Us

  • HNM

    The School of Health Nursing and Midwifery

    The School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery is the largest in Scotland, and has around 4,000 full and part-time students, from home and abroad, studying across the University's Campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton, Paisley, as well as on-line.

    We work in partnership with local health and social care partners to provide pre-registration nursing (BSc Adult Nursing, MSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing, MSc Mental Health Nursing), Midwifery (BSc Midwifery, MSc Midwifery), Health Visiting, District Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing) courses that will prepare you for employment and admission to the relevant part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register.

    We have the first BA (Hon) Integrated Health and Social Care course specifically designed for people who either work (or want to work) in health and social care but aren’t health professionals.  

    Our wide range of post registration and postgraduate courses support continued professional and career development to make you stand out from the crowd.

    The School has some of the best clinical simulation and digital skills facilities in the country that will give you realistic experiences and confidence before going to placement. We can offer you placements across six NHS Health Boards and a variety of private and independent sector providers in both urban and rural areas across the West of Scotland 

    We are a friendly team who are keen to meet you and answer any of your questions so please come along to any of our open days or contact the admissions team for further information.

    More about us

    • Clinical Partners
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      We support students in approximately 1,200 placements across the West of Scotland and enjoy close working relationships with our clinical partners who include


      NHS Ayrshire & Arran
      NHS Dumfries & Galloway
      NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
      Golden Jubilee National Hospital
      NHS Highland
      NHS Lanarkshire,
      The State Hospital,
      and a variety of private and independent sector providers.

    • Award-winning work
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      We’re proud that the work of our students and staff has been recognised nationally for its excellence.


      Recent achievements include – 

      • our pre-registration nursing courses focus on rights-based care for people with dementia and their supporters, and in 2013 we were named winners of the Best Educational Initiative at the Scottish Dementia Awards 2013 for our work. Using simulated learning, narratives, art, theory and research as part of the curriculum, we aim to help our students understand the experience of the person with dementia, reduce the person’s stress and alleviate distress
      • we were shortlisted in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014 for our Dementia: Through the eyes of a child project. The project, which saw UWS students deliver dementia awareness sessions to school students to give an insight into some of the challenges of living with dementia, also produced a number of artworks and poems which were publicly exhibited at Scotland St School Museum in Glasgow. We were also a finalist in the 2014 Times Higher Education awards for our dementia work
      • in collaboration with NHS Lanarkshire, UWS won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Award for good practice in the Supervisor of Midwives category. The team were selected for the award based on a study to introduce peer review as part of the statutory annual audit of midwives documentation, which has led to an even better quality of care for pregnant women and their families
      • we were awarded the Best Innovation in Education award at the Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland’s Practice Excellence Awards for our training of pre-registration Mental Health and Adult Nursing students in support of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
    • Life-changing research
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      We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching. We are active in research in a number of areas:

      • Institute for Care and Practice Improvement – aims to develop safe, effective and person-centred health and social care in Scotland and beyond. Our focus is on improving the outcomes of care for individuals, families, communities and staff through interdisciplinary research, development and education

      • Institute of Healthcare Associated Infection – through research and knowledge transfer activity, and growing and developing niche academic programmes, we aim to play a key role in tackling healthcare associated infection 

      • Institute for Maternal, Child and Family Health – aims to develop and improve the quality and productivity of healthcare, public health and social care in the fields of maternal, child and family health. The Institute will do this through a vibrant research environment, promoting collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and evidence-based practice that has real-world relevance. We are committed to relating theory, policy and practice to all our work and to enabling the public to influence the development and delivery of health services

      • Institute of Mental Health – undertakes research on core elements of mental health such as medication management and models of recovery. It also leads on work that considers relevant mental health determinants of physical health conditions such as cancer and palliative care

      • Institute of Older Persons’ Health and Wellbeing – launched in 2012, we have established a critical mass of staff with expertise and interest in older persons’ health and wellbeing, including dementia, which also affects younger people, creating an environment conducive to the development of research ideas

      • Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice – a partnership development which provides a high-quality environment for applied research, education and social enterprise

      • Gerontology Interest Group – this multidisciplinary group provides a research focus for healthcare professionals working with older people
    • Research opportunities
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      We are keen to encourage our clinical colleagues in the NHS and other caring contexts to engage in research degree pathways. To this end, we will assist and supervise suitably qualified and experienced colleagues to engage in a programme of part-time research activity with the following exit points

      • Optional: Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology – 1 year
      • Master of Research (MRes) – 2 years
      • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – 3–4 years
      • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – 4–6 years


      For more information, please contact uni-direct@uws.ac.uk

      Further details on the Institutes and our research activity is available here.