RGU celebrates success at Scottish Pharmacy Awards

A group of five inspiring Robert Gordon University (RGU) students were shortlisted for the Student Leadership Award at the recent Scottish Pharmacy Awards.

(L to R): Mary Amidu, Ana Sleahtitchii, Lara Seymour, Charlotte Rigden, Eleftheria-Artemis GiatraThe 2016 award ceremony took place last week at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

The five RGU students in the running for the Student Leadership Award were Lara Seymour, Eleftheria-Artemis Giatra, Mary Amidu, Ana Sleahtitchii and Charlotte Rigden. Also nominated was Sheeba Zahir from the University of Strathclyde.

Lara Seymour won the award, which was sponsored by The Pharmacists’ Defence Association, with Charlotte Rigden also receiving high commendation from the judges.

Speaking on the award, Lara said: “It was a huge honour to be given the Student Leadership prize, particularly when I was shortlisted alongside such talented students.

“It was great to see that five of the six finalists were from RGU. I think it says a lot about the quality of the teaching and the ethos at the university, which continues to inspire all of us. 

Each of the students were nominated and judged based on a leadership role they have taken during their time at university.

Lara was nominated in recognition of her work on a student-led group to highlight ethical issues in pharmacy. As part of this, she arranged a talk at RGU by an Aston University lecturer, who specifically teaches pharmacy law and ethics.

Charlotte was praised for the various roles she has taken as part of RGU’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Society, including Treasurer, Vice-President and stepping up as President for 2016/2017.

Artemis made the shortlist after being nominated for her work as a student representative for The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA). She has made it a commitment to educate students on the role of the PDA in advising on any legal matter associated with pharmacy.

Ana was also recognised for her enterprising nature and becoming a representative for the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA), with the aim of supporting her fellow students and making an impact on the RGU experience as a whole.

Mary’s nomination came after she took the initiative to set up a dedicated study group earlier this year, to help students who would benefit from this method. She has gone on to chair each meeting, enabling every member to remain focused on furthering their work and research.

Dr Ruth Edwards, Pharmacy Course Leader at RGU, said: “All of us from the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences were delighted for our students, who continue to do us proud at every step.

“I spoke with a number of people throughout the ceremony, all of whom were very impressed and said that our students’ enthusiasm and passion for the profession was evident.”

A number of RGU graduates were also among the winners in other categories, including Pharmacy Manager of the Year (Independent) being awarded to Glenrothes-based Kara Brown and two awards for GP/Pharmacist Partnership Working and Pharmacy Practice of the Year (Multiple) going to Rowlands Pharmacy Team in Ellon, headed up by graduate Sarah Patterson.

Release by Jonathon Milne
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