UWTSD and NHS Wales Informatics Service shortlisted in this year’s Times Higher Education Awards

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for its work with NHS Wales Informatics Service in the Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration category at this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

( L-R ) Wendy Dearing, Head of Workforce and operational development at NWIS, Andrew Griffiths, director of NWIS, Medwyn Hughes Vice chancellor of UWTSD, The venerable Randolph Thomas Chair of Council at UWTSD, Prof. Ian Wells, Head of the school of applied computing at UWTSD

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.

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.

Professor Ian Wells, Head of School of Applied Computing said: “The School and Faculty have a long tradition of working closely with industry to develop bespoke solutions for their training and staff development needs and I am very proud that this has now been nationally recognised by being shortlisted for this prestigious award.”

Professor Wendy Dearing said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in the Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration category at this year’s THE Awards. This recognises the unique and innovative approach to working and learning within the Health Informatics arena of Wales. This project is having a profound impact on NHS Wales’ informatics workforce development and is having a very positive impact on morale. The relationship is becoming an organic process with new benefits emerging on a weekly basis, with the project already being looked at as a positive model by the rest of the UK NHS. It will also be showcased at a major health conference in China in October.”

Times Higher Education (THE) editor John Gill said: “Once again these awards have attracted hundreds of entries from the length and breadth of the nation, and from institutions of every hue. All those shortlisted can be immensely proud to have made it through this first phase, and we at Times Higher Education look forward to honouring the winners for their talent, creativity and commitment at a time for the academy when these qualities are increasingly essential.”

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