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SIX students from the University of Stirling have been shortlisted for top awards.

They are competing for honours in the Student Nursing Times Awards, to be announced in London in May.

Their department - the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health - has also been shortlisted for three categories in the competition.

The Head of the School, Professor William Lauder, said staff and students were “delighted and honoured” at their success.

“The students have worked hard and thoroughly deserve this recognition – and are a credit to themselves and to the School. We’re looking forward to the presentation in May,” he said.

Three students from the University’s main Stirling campus are vying for honours:

  • Lorraine Armstrong (Student Nurse of the Year: Adult field);
  • Meggan Reid (Student Nurse of the Year: Adult); and
  • Siobhan Campbell (Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health);

In addition two students from the University’s campus in Stornoway in the Western Isles are hoping for success:

  • Michelle Davidson (Student Nurse of the Year: Adult); and
  • Graeme Macpherson (Student Nurse of the Year: Adult).

A sixth student, Shelly Munro, based at the University’s Inverness base, has been shortlisted in the Student Nurse of the Year: Midwifery category.

The University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health is also a finalist in three categories:

  • Nurse Education Provider of the Year: Pre-Registration – a category it won in 2012;
  • Teaching Innovation of the Year – for “Achieving Potential: a placement support model for student nurses with disabilities”;
  • Partnership of the Year  - for a joint project with NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles and local authorities, promoting nursing careers among school pupils in remote areas.

The students said they were honoured and thrilled to be nominated for awards.

Graeme Macpherson, who is competing with three of his fellow-students for the “Student Nurse of the Year: Adult” title, said the awards also recognised the hard of the University’s lecturers, instructors and support staff. “They have been with us every step of our journey from first year students to nearly-qualified nurses,” he said.

The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2013 will be announced at The Grange St Paul's Hotel in London on May 1. Find out more at

Find out about the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at



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