Teamwork at the heart of new learning fund

A new fund has been set up to develop teamwork skills between health and social care students at Robert Gordon University.

Laura ChalmersInterprofessional Learning (IPL) brings students together to learn with, from and about one another, to improve collaborative practice and quality of care. Learning from one another, with a person-centred focus, is essential for creating a smooth patient journey.

The Professor Maehle Interprofessional Learning Fund has been created to support innovative initiatives in this area of learning, which are outside of the core university funding.

The first project that the fund will aid is an exchange that will see first or second year students study at Heidelberg University in Germany, where Interprofessional Learning is the basis of all health and social care courses and is at the core of the curriculum.

The lucky students will be chosen through a competitive process and will receive full support for their academic and cultural experience in Germany.

Laura Chalmers, from RGU’s School of Health Sciences, said: “Interprofessionalism has never been more relevant to an evolving health and social care agenda. We believe that widening exposure and learning in this area will not only benefit the students, but also patients and service users.

“The Professor Maehle Interprofessional Learning Fund will play a vital role in supporting our aims at RGU and have a profound effect on the individuals who take part in the initiatives, while providing important lessons they can share with their fellow students.”

Sarah Dingwall, Development Manager at the RGU Foundation, added: “The RGU Foundation is grateful to all those generous donors who have already supported the Fund. In doing so they have demonstrated their commitment to educating the next generation of health and social care professionals.”

To donate to the fund, you can head to:, choose the Single Gift option and add “Professor Maehle Interprofessional Learning Award” as your designation.


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