Thursday 07 12 2017
Trudi’s relationship with UWS stretches back more than 20 years, to when she completed her BSc in Nursing at the former Bell College, now the site of our current Lanarkshire Campus.
She’s been a nursing professional since graduating. In her current role, as Associate Director of Nursing, which she was promoted to in June 2017, she provides leadership to nursing staff across the NHS Lanarkshire area. While promotion in the NHS isn’t necessarily linked to academic achievement, it’s a clear indication that you want to improve your knowledge, and, as Trudi points out, “helps you stand out as a good candidate for promoted posts.”
When you’re working full-time, you need a course that fits in with your lifestyle.Trudi Marshall
Trudi reckons the blended learning approach of the MSc Later Life Studies course (now MSc Gerontology) is, “built for professionals.” She says, “When you’re working full-time, you need a course that fits in with your lifestyle. For me that meant being able to complete my coursework at a time that suited me and didn’t result in too much disruption to my schedule.”
Trudi found herself studying during the evening and at weekends. She had a clear picture of what she had to complete each week; it was up to her to decide when and how to fit it all in. Knowing that lecturers were on hand is a real asset. “Their support was fantastic, and nothing was too much bother for my tutors. I could contact them by email, phone, WebEx and face-to-face,” she explained.
Trudi expects to graduate in 2018, with new skills that will help her in her varied role that’s concerned with the health and social care duties of nurses across a range of care organisations.