Top nursing awards have been brought back to Teeside University by a student and a lecturer.
Mark Wheatley, senior lecturer in the university’s nursing skills development team, was named Lecturer of the Year at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2012 in London.
Student Beccy Phillips was named Student Nurse of the Year: Adult at the awards.
Mark said: “I am absolutely thrilled, delighted and very proud to have won this award. To be acknowledged for the work that you do makes it all worthwhile.
“The fact that the nomination and win is as a result of support from student nurses means a great deal to me. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the university’s School of Health & Social Care’s Dean Paul Keane and subject leader Lesley Inayatullah for their continued support.
“It’s also brilliant that we were the only university to come away with two awards.”
He has been working at the university for four years after a career as a district nurse.
Beccy, 38, from Hartlepool, who is completing the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Studies, said: “Nursing is something I’d always wanted to do and I’m honoured and thrilled to receive this award.
“As I’d been away from education for so long I had to complete an access course before progressing to the degree. My training has been fantastic and a really positive experience. I cannot imagine doing anything else now.
‘It’s an excellent course with outstanding support from lecturers, in particular Kay Scott and Rachel Morris. It has equipped me very well, both for placements as a student and the work I’ll be doing once qualified.”