Nursing Awards

Get more information on the awards offered by the School of Nursing.


Every year the School of Nursing hosts its annual Prize Giving Award Ceremony. These awards recognise excellence in learning, development and practice and showcase our students and those who support them.

Each annual celebration is an opportunity for us to take time to pause and celebrate with students, staff and all those who support the development of nurses and paramedics.

Agnes Jones Gift of Nursing Award (Group Award)

Selection Criteria

Representatives of St Mura’s Church of Ireland will view the top three groups who achieve the highest marks in group role-play assessment related to a clinical nursing issue in module, NUS533 Safe and Effective Nursing, and select a winner.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Adult Nursing

Value of Award

A sculpture displayed in the Nursing Awards Cabinet.

Closing Date

20 January 2021

Contact

Dr Lesley Dornan, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: l.dornan@ulster.ac.uk

Ann Snee Memorial Award

Selection Criteria

Registered Nurses who have demonstrated excellence in the course as evidenced by:

  • achieving the highest course result as an aggregated mark from both modules
  • feedback from the module coordinators with reference to positive engagement across the course

Eligibility

Registered Nurses who have successfully completed PgCert in Education for Healthcare Professionals (8184).

Value of Award

£50 book token + Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

September 2021

Contact

Brian McGowan, Lecturer in Higher Education Practice
Email: brian.mcgowan@ulster.ac.uk

Association of Health Service Managers Prize

Selection Criteria

Highest mark in module.

Eligibility

PGCert/PGDip/MSc Health Promotion and Public Health – Highest mark for module HEP700 Project Planning for Public Health Practice and HEP816 Project Planning and Management for Public Health.

Value of Award

£100 (Split when joint winners)

Closing Date

31 August 2021

Contact

Dr Karen Casson, Lecturer in Health Promotion
Email: k.casson@ulster.ac.uk

Bank of Ireland Nursing Award

Selection Criteria

The student is voted by fellow students on the following criteria: Student deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the cohort over the previous three years. Student should also be someone who is a role model of the professional nurse.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Adult Nursing due to complete their studies in September of that year.

Value of Award

Perpetual shield & piece of crystal

Closing Date

September

Contact

Dr Bernie Reid, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: bb.reid@ulster.ac.uk

Danske Bank Award

Selection ReddCriteria

Student who achieves the highest mark in their individual essay on their experience of team working during active learning workshops.

Eligibility

Year 2 BSc Adult Nursing taking module NUR451 Therapeutic Communication and Interdisciplinary Teamworking.

Value of Award

Perpetual shield

Closing Date

28 June 2021

Contact

Gerard Baxter, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: g.baxter@ulster.ac.uk

Donald Dawson Memorial Award

Selection Criteria

Final year BSc Mental Health Nursing student with the highest aggregate mark.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Mental Health Nursing

Value of Award

£500 (If joint winners each winner will receive £300 each)

Closing Date

September

Contact

Clare McGlone, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Email: c.mcglone@ulster.ac.uk

First Choice Award

Selection Criteria

Highest aggregate mark across all modules in Year 3.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Adult Nursing or BSc Mental Health Nursing students due to complete their studies in that year.

Value of Award

£100 and Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

September

Contact

Dr Bernie Reid, Lecturer in Adult Nursing
Email: bb.reid@ulster.ac.uk

Clare McGlone, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Email: c.mcglone@ulster.ac.uk

Institute of Nursing and Health Research Mona Grey Post Registration Nursing Research Award

Selection Criteria

Students will be required to submit an abstract / executive summary from their dissertation and submit an online video application, focusing on:

  • the key learning that they have achieved
  • the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them
  • how they could take their learning forward

Submissions will be scored by a panel of academics within the school.

Eligibility

All post-registration programmes within the School of Nursing where students enrol on modules NUR836 or HEP818 who achieve a mark of 65% or above in both modules within the current academic years and who are NMC registrants or nursing equivalent.

Value of Award

£500 funding towards Doctoral Studies within the School of Nursing or further research studies/training. This must be expended within 2 years of the award.

An engraved crystal to the value of £100 + an award certificate will also be presented to the winner.

Closing Date

Thursday 30th September 2021

Contact

Prof Tanya McCance, The Mona Grey Professor of Nursing Research & Development
Email: tv.mccance@ulster.ac.uk

Institute of Nursing and Health Research Mona Grey Pre Registration Nursing Research Award

Selection Criteria

Students will be required to submit the abstract from their dissertation and submit an online video application, focusing on:

  • the key learning that they have achieved
  • the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them
  • how they could take their learning forward

Submissions will be scored by a panel of academics within the school.

Eligibility

Final year BSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing students who have achieved a mark of 70% or above in module NUS535 Appreciating Nursing Research and who are due to complete their studies by September.

Value of Award

Funding to the value of £500 towards completion of a postgraduate research module or doctoral studies. This must be expended within 2 years of the award in the School of Nursing.

An engraved crystal to the value of £100 and an award certificate will also be presented to the winner.

Closing Date

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Contact

Prof Tanya McCance, The Mona Grey Professor of Nursing Research & Development
Email: tv.mccance@ulster.ac.uk

Isobel McNamee Memorial Cup

Selection Criteria

Demonstration of excellence in caring for older people during practice learning on an inpatient hospital ward.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Adult Nursing student who is undertaking a practice learning placement on inpatient hospital wards caring for older people.

Value of Award

£100 & Perpetual Cup

Closing Date

23 August 2021

Contact

Prof Assumpta Ryan, Professor of Ageing and Health
Email: aa.ryan@ulster.ac.uk

Margaret Devlin Award

Selection Criteria

Academic achievement and innovation demonstrated through the Practice Learning Portfolio.

Eligibility

Final year students studying BSc Hons/PGDip Specialist Nursing Diabetes Pathway.

Value of Award

£50 Book Voucher & Perpetual Cup

Closing Date

End of August

Contact

Lisa King, Lecturer in Nursing (Diabetes)
Email: l.king@ulster.ac.uk

Maura Hamill McKenna Award

Selection Criteria

Highest aggregate mark in all modules in the programme supported by a positive report from the Teacher Practitioner.

Eligibility

BSc Adult / PgDip Specialist Community & Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting & School Nursing options).

Value of Award

Cup to be awarded each year

Closing Date

Beginning of September 2021

Contact

Toni McNaughton, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: t.mcnaughton@ulster.ac.uk

Neuroscience Care Award

Selection Criteria

Student with the highest aggregate mark completing the 60-credit point Neuroscience pathway.

Eligibility

Students successfully completing the Neuroscience care pathway in BSc Hons/PgDip Applied Health Studies.

Value of Award

Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

June

Contact

Diane Lyttle, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: d.lyttle@ulster.ac.uk

Northern Health and Social Care Trust Prize

Selection Criteria

Highest aggregate mark across all modules in Year 1.

Eligibility

Year 1 Students completing BSc Adult Nursing or BSc Mental Health Nursing.

Value of Award

£100 and Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

September

Contact

Dr Bernie Reid, Lecturer in Adult Nursing
Email: bb.reid@ulster.ac.uk

Clare McGlone, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Email: c.mcglone@ulster.ac.uk

Olly McGilloway Award

Selection Criteria

Students must select one aspect of nursing care from their community experience and drawing on national and international cross-cultural perspectives outline how they promoted excellence in the chosen aspect of community nursing.

Students should submit a 1000 word paper on the above.

Eligibility

Year 2 & Year 3 pre-registration students on BSc Adult or BSc Mental Health Nursing programme who have completed a community practice learning experience.

Value of Award

£75 + plaque retained by winner

Closing Date

Friday 18th June 2021 at 12 midday.

Contact

Seana Duggan, Academic Lead for Practice Learning
Email: s.duggan@ulster.ac.uk

Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Award

Selection Criteria

Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in either the UG or PG programme with the most comprehensive account of learning and achievement demonstrated within the Practice Assessment Document.

Eligibility

District Nursing students completing BSc Hons Specialist Nursing Practice (FT); PG Dip Specialist Nursing Practice (FT).

Value of Award

£50 & Certificate

Closing Date

End of August in that Academic Year

Contact

Hilary Thompson, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: hs.thompson@ulster.ac.uk

Princess Macha

Selection Criteria

Year 3 placement student who has achieved an outstanding performance in practice learning with special emphasis on communication skills with patients/clients and families/carers identified during formative assessment during Practice Learning Experience 10 (Hospital/Community) in semester 2 of year 3.

Potential candidates will be identified and recommended by their Clinical Mentor and Link Tutor and the final candidate selected by the Assistant Director of Nursing following submission of a supporting statement by the Mentor.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Adult Nursing students who successfully completes their Hospital / Community placement.

Value of Award

£100 & Trophy retained by student

Closing Date

August 2021

Contact

Deirdre Harkin, Lecturer in Adult Nursing
Email: d.harkin@ulster.ac.uk

Prof Eilis McCaughan Cancer Care Research Memorial Award

Selection Criteria

The student / researcher will be required to submit an abstract (max. 500 words) of the research they are undertaking / undertook (within the past 12-months) outlining:

  • the key aims of the research
  • the key findings / outcome of the research
  • the impact on practice
  • dissemination initiatives to benefit delivery of care for people with cancer, or plans to do so
  • potential implications for future research or entrepreneurship

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a staff panel.

Eligibility

All postgraduate students / researchers working towards academic qualification of MSc or PhD within the School of Nursing and Institute of Nursing and Health Research focused on impacting care for people with cancer.

Value of Award

£100 & shield retained by the awardee

Closing Date

Monday 6th September 2021

Contact

Dr Cherith Semple
Email: c.semple@ulster.ac.uk

Professor Robert Bowman for Leadership in Nursing

Selection Criteria

Post Registration students who has achieved the highest mark in modules NUR859, NUR878, NUS569, NUS731,NUR678, NUS733.

If the highest mark is shared by more than one student, the student with the highest aggregate mark across the modules will be deemed the winner.

Eligibility

Post-registration nursing students taking modules listed.

Value of Award

A piece of crystal from the sponsors (NHSCT) & a £50.00 book token from the SoN.

Closing Date

August 2021

Contact

Theresa Maynes, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: t.maynes@ulster.ac.uk

Red Cross Team Award

Selection Criteria

Best team performance in the mass simulation exercise as evidenced by the highest score awarded.

Eligibility

Final year pre-registration BSc Adult and BSc Mental Health Nursing students on the programmes who participated in the mass simulation exercise.

Value of Award

Perpetual Trophy (retained by School)

Closing Date

March 2021

Contact

Mary Marren, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: m.marren@ulster.ac.uk

Royal College of Nursing Prize

Selection Criteria

Highest aggregate mark across all modules in Year 2.

Eligibility

Year 2 students completing BSc Adult Nursing or BSc Mental Health Nursing.

Value of Award

£100 and Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

September

Contact

Dr Bernie Reid, Lecturer in Adult Nursing
Email: bb.reid@ulster.ac.uk

Clare McGlone, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Email: c.mcglone@ulster.ac.uk

School of Nursing Award for Excellence in Supporting Student Learning in Practice

Selection Criteria

Students must submit a 300 word nomination that identifies how the criteria below are met:

  1. Practice Supervisor or Practice Assessor has demonstrated excellence in creating conditions to enhance student learning, support or assessment.
  2. Nominations must include:
    a) Examples that provide evidence of excellence
    b) Describe how the example(s) exceed ordinary expected standards and
    c) how they were achieved.

Eligibility

Students completing an NMC approved programme (this can be a pre or post registration programme) can nominate a Practice Supervisor or Practice Assessor who has supervised or assessed them on their programme.

Value of Award

£50 Book Voucher and Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

Students can submit a nomination after they have completed any placement.

Nominations should be made using the template (available from am.tunney@ulster.ac.uk ) by Monday 13 September 2021.

Contact

Anne- Marie Tunney, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: am.tunney@ulster.ac.uk

School of Nursing Head of School Trophy

Selection Criteria

The recipient of this award will be somebody who has made an outstanding contribution to Nursing at Ulster University by:

  • Significantly raising the profile of the School of Nursing
  • Significantly increase public awareness of the unique contribution of nursing to the Health and wellbeing of the population, and achieving a wider reach for 1 and 2 above, i.e. other than that which would normally be achieved through usual channels such a publications, conference presentation and awards.

(Not necessarily yearly)

Eligibility

Students completing a pre-reg or post-reg Nursing Programme

Value of Award

£100 Voucher

Closing Date

August

Contact

Prof Sonja McIlfatrick, Head of School and Professor of Nursing & Palliative Care
Email: sj.mcilfatrick@ulster.ac.uk

Ulster Bank Award

Selection Criteria

The student is voted by their peers (fellow students) on the following criteria:

  • Student deemed to have made the most major contribution to the cohort over the previous three years.
  • Student should also be someone who is a role model of the professional nurse.

Eligibility

BSc Mental Health Nursing students in final year of course (that precedes the awards ceremony) who successfully complete their course (proceed through awarding exam board) prior to the awards ceremony.

Value of Award

Perpetual Shield

Closing Date

September

Contact

Clare McGlone, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Email: c.mcglone@ulster.ac.uk

Valerie Morrison Memorial Award

Selection Criteria

Awarded to the student who demonstrated excellence in all areas of the course. The awarding student will be selected from those who were:

  1. In receipt of distinction at the Board of Examiners
  2. Demonstrated active engagement across the whole course, (based on feedback from the course team)
  3. Demonstrated leadership throughout the course

Eligibility

All students registered on the PgCert in Education for Healthcare Professional (8184).

Value of Award

Cup

Closing Date

August 2021

Contact

Brian McGowan, Lecturer in Higher Education Practice
Email: brian.mcgowan@ulster.ac.uk

WHSCT Health Promotion Award

Selection Criteria

Second year BSc Adult Nursing students who have achieved the highest mark in module NUR449 Nurses as Active Agents in Health Promotion & Public Health.

Eligibility

Year 2 BSc Adult Nursing students taking module NUR449

Value of Award

Perpetual Shield (held for one year)

Closing Date

August 2021

Contact

Dr Lesley Dornan, Lecturer in Nursing
Email: l.dornan@ulster.ac.uk

WHSCT Management Award

Selection Criteria

Completion of 12-week placement and having passed summative assessment PP3 at first attempt and demonstrated a high standard of management and leadership skills within the practice learning experience plus a supporting statement from the mentor.

Eligibility

Year 3 BSc Adult Nursing students taking their final 12-week practice learning experience.

Value of Award

£150 & a piece of crystal retained by winner.

Closing Date

August 2021

Contact

Deirdre Harkin, Lecturer in Adult Nursing
Email: d.harkin@ulster.ac.uk