Press Releases 2017

UWTSD shortlisted for University of the Year and two other award categories

19.10.2017

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to announce that the university has been shortlisted in three categories in Insider’s Business and Education Partnership Awards 2017.

UWTSD has been shortlisted for University of the Year, the People Development Award and the Partnerships award for its work with NHS Wales Informatics Service.

More than 30 commercial projects, universities, colleges and individuals have been shortlisted for the awards, organised by Insider, which aims to celebrate and encourage partnerships between industry, universities and colleges for mutual advantage and to boost the Welsh economy.

The winners will be revealed at the Award’s dinner at Cardiff's Marriott Hotel on Thursday, November 2.

Professor Ian Wells, head of school of applied computing said: “The School of Applied Computing is delighted to be nominated in two categories for our innovative work with the NHS Wales Informatics Service. We now have many employees studying our innovative part-time degree and HND programme which is showing clear benefits to the NHS in Wales as we work with them to further professionalise their workforce.”

The University’s collaboration with NWIS has also been shortlisted in the Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration category at this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.  The awards, now in their 13th year, are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education, attracting hundreds of entries each year that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life.

The gala ceremony will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Note to Editor

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the NHS Wales Information Service (NWIS) joined forces to create the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI), earlier this year.

The strategic partnership between both organisations, commenced when NWIS relocated its South West Wales base, with 120 staff to the University’s Technium 2 building in Swansea.  The move signalled a new working relationship between both organisations which has already led to the development of a number of initiatives linked to health data management and will further facilitate NWIS’s work in delivering the national information and technology needed for modern patient care and over seventy digital services to users across NHS Wales and to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Through WIDI, the Informatics Service has access to the talent of students and graduates by providing part-time employment opportunities, work placements and internships linked to the University’s School of Applied Computing.  In addition, the collaboration has enabled the NWIS to contribute to the design and delivery of relevant academic programmes within the UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, as part of the University’s expanding portfolio linked to industry. The initiative offers potential opportunities for informatics staff to access continuing professional development through the University’s award-winning Wales Institute for Work-based Learning (WIWBL).  Already the strategic partnership has enabled NWIS staff to undertake research opportunities as part of their doctoral studies, as well as provide a range of master classes for Applied Computing students at the University.  In addition, Professor Ian Wells, Head of Applied Computing at the University and Wendy Dearing, Head of Workforce & Organisational Development at NWIS and a Professor of Practice at UWTSD, are collaborating on academic papers.

 

 

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