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I commenced within education in 2010 and since then have become more interested in research which involves raising awareness of dementia particularly with school children. The research 'Dementia: through the eyes of a child' developed from a project which included facilitating awareness sessions for school children from the age of 9 years onwards. The results of the research highlighted that children are very receptive to learn about dementia and positively engaged with sessions specifically to help support people living with dementia. Following this research the class teachers were asked to continue this learning if possible with outcomes including the children producing poetry and artwork which reflected their thoughts and feelings of what it mght be like to live with dementia. This work was very insightful and thoughtful and from this their artwork was displayed publically during an exhibition 'Luminate', Scotland's Creative Ageing Festival within Scotland Street Museum.

Following the success of this research, has led to this being fully integrated within the BSc Adult and Mental Health nursing undergraduate programmes. Student nurses now deliver dementia awareness sessions with schoolchildren via interactive workshops, this activity now occurs in all campuses of UWS.

'Dementia: through the eyes of a child' has been presented and disseminated at numerous local, national and international conferences and has been received positively. The research team includes 3 of my colleagues: Fiona Everett, Winifred McGarry and Wendy Wright.

Associated recognition and awards as a result:

Scotland's Dementia Awards (2016) Best Educational Initiative

The Herald Higher Education Awards (2015) shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution from a student.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Areas of interest include; dementia, primary care simulation and clinical skills.

Role responsibilities include; supervisor for MSc Nursing undergraduate students.

Desired research direction

Areas of interest include: continuing to explore dementia awareness and the impact this has.

Target collaborative companies


Target collaborative companies

NHS. NHS Education for Scotland. QNIS.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Primary care simulation, clinical skills, older adult.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • RT Nursing
  • Dementia, primary care, simulation


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