The winners of the 2023 Student Nursing Times Awards have been announced today at a sparkling event in London.
There were winners across 22 categories at the awards ceremony, which honours the achievements of student nurses and nurse educators.
“We celebrate students from all branches of the profession and from over the UK”
Banjo Tamiru took home the Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion.
Judges described Mr Tamiru as a “selfless individual” and said his “commitment and determination” impacted communities at a local, regional and national perspective.
“Banjo’s lived experiences as a refugee to the UK is a timely reminder and epitomises the value of diversity to the nursing profession and wider society,” they added.
Meanwhile, Jessica Vaughan, from Coventry University, won the award for Student Nurse of the Year: Adult.
Ms Vaughan was an “inspirational student nurse” who had developed confidence over the course of her programme, according to judges.
They said: “The profession will benefit from her innovative perspectives and attitudes to care.”
There was an impressive double win for the University of Chester, which was awarded Best Student Experience for its return to practice nursing course and Student Placement of the Year: Community for its creative health placement.
Judges described the university’s return to practice nursing scheme as an “exceptional and unique entry”.
They said: “[It was] great to see focus on nurses who are wanting to return to practice and reconnect with their professional incentives, in a respectful, responsive, passionate, flexible and caring way.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Bland, school director of simulation-based learning at the University of Huddersfield, took home the award for University Educator of the Year.
Judges said Dr Bland had had “a huge impact over a long career dedicated to simulation pedagogy”.
They noted that his “dedication and insight” had led to the design of a “ground-breaking” new facility at the university.
Editor of Nursing Times, Steve Ford, said: “A massive congratulations to all of our winners at the 2023 Student Nursing Times Awards.
“It is always an honour to host the awards each year and once again, I was really impressed by the calibre of the entries.”
He added: “We celebrate students from all branches of the profession and from over the UK.
“Their innovation and achievements so early in their career already mark them out as sources of inspiration and rising stars for the future.
“By celebrating the best in nursing and midwifery education, Nursing Times aims to support the health and social care workforce of the future.”
Here is the full list of the 2023 Student Nursing Times Awards winners:
Best Student Experience – University of Chester, return to practice nursing
Learner of the Year: Post-registration – Amie Stocks, University of Greenwich
Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion – Banjo Tamiru, University of East London
Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year – John Wells, Liverpool John Moores University
Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) – Manchester Metropolitan University, post-registration apprenticeship team
Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration) – Keele University, midwifery team of the year for pre-registration
Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year – Pebbles Day, Kingston University
Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year (Pre-registration) – Teeside University, FdSc nursing associate programme
Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs – Amy Pile, Buckinghamshire New University
Partnership of the Year – Sefton Training Hub (Southport and Formby Health) and Edge Hill University, ‘The Aquarium’ the importance of inclusion of learning disability students in primary care
Practice Supervisor of the Year – Clive Jackson, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Student Innovation in Practice – Joseph Morley, The James Cook University Hospital
Student Midwife of the Year – Amba Morrell, London South Bank University
Student Nurse of the Year: Adult – Jessica Vaughan, Coventry University
Student Nurse of the Year: Children – Timothy Walsh, London South Bank University
Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities – Chloe Hawkins, Northumbria University
Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health – Dorothy Dixon, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year: Clinical Research – Bethan Jones, University of Leicester
Student Placement of the Year: Community – University of Chester, creative health placement
Student Placement of the Year: Hospital – The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, digital oncology placement
Teaching Innovation of the Year – Kingston University, simulated public health elective
University Educator of the Year – Andrew Bland, University of Huddersfield