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University of Stirling wins at the Herald’s Higher Education Awards

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L-R- Rowena Pelik of QAA Scotland, Lecturers Claire Eades, Dr Leah Macaden and final-year nursing student, Robert Murray.

The University of Stirling’s Being Dementia Smart package was co-winner at the Herald Higher Education Awards last night in Glasgow.  

Being Dementia Smart is an innovative dementia curriculum that is embedded throughout the pre-registration graduate nursing programme and was developed with input from Alzheimer Scotland and partner healthcare organisations. The Being Dementia Smart package was recognised in the Enhancing Student Learning Award category, and was a joint winner with an entry from Glasgow Caledonian University. 

The novel Being Dementia Smart package was introduced in 2014 in the University’s undergraduate nursing programme. It is the first such undergraduate nursing dementia package in Scotland developed within the Promoting Excellence Framework – a framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.  

Professor Jayne Donaldson, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, said:

“Dementia is increasingly becoming a common long term condition in older adults and is a growing global challenge. Our Being Dementia Smart package emphasises the importance of understanding dementia for nurses, right from the start of their career.

“This recognition also emphasises the importance of the nursing profession and the value of graduate nurses. Many congratulations to the Being Dementia Smart team and all our teaching and administration staff who support this work.”  

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Media enquiries to Rachel MacBeath, Communications Officer at the University of Stirling, phone 01786 467 760 or email


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