Dumfries campus student Laura Lloyd has been successful in her application to Universitas 21, and will now be one of only four University of Glasgow students invited to present a research paper at the 2017 Universitas 21 Research Conference in Edinburgh on the 26 – 30 June.
Universitas 21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities who work together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning. The Universitas 21 Research Conference. It takes place annually and aims to showcase undergraduate research to an international audience. It typically attracts students from a diverse range of disciplines and is only available to U21 member institutions.
Laura aged 32, born in Edinburgh, entered year 2 of the MA (Hons) Health & Social Policy degree programme at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies on the Crichton campus in 2014 via the articulation scheme which gives qualified HNC applicants advanced entry to the degree programme.
Dr Sandy Whitelaw, Programme Convenor for Health & Social Policy degree said: “Laura is a great student and has done exceptionally well since she joined us with an HNC from Dumfries & Galloway College. She truly deserves this opportunity to present her work at the conference and I look forward to supporting Laura in the run-up to the event. Laura is a great ambassador for the University, the Dumfries Campus and the degree programme.”
Laura, who is now in her final year of the degree is completing her year-long Honours Project with the NHS Dumfries & Galloway Health Improvement Team in Annandale and Eskdale where she has been reviewing the effectiveness of the partnership between link workers and a range of formal services. Laura said: “I am honoured to be selected to represent the University of Glasgow at Universitas 21. I am very excited to be able to present my research to an international audience at the conference. Without the support of the University I would not be able to take part in this incredible opportunity. I would like to express my gratitude to my academic and project supervisors for their support, it gives me great pleasure to bring recognition to the great work at the Dumfries campus.”
Laura’s placement supervisor Elaine Lamont, Public Health Practitioner, Annandale & Eskdale Health Improvement Team, NHS Dumfries & Galloway is also full of praise for Laura’s work. She said: “I am absolutely delighted that the great work that Laura has done around exploring the effectiveness of the Community Link Programme has been recognised and is being shared internationally. Laura has been a pleasure to work with, she totally grasped the concept of this person centred, community work and she was both innovative and inspiring! I wish her all the very best for the future.”
Dr Carol Hill, Head of School at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries said: “This is great news and I would like to congratulate Laura on her success. This is a considerable achievement on Laura’s part – particularly when there are only 4 places across the University. It’s fantastic to have a local student representing the University this year.”