Published: 24 July 2013

Inspiring the nurses and midwives of the future

Teenagers got a glimpse into life as a student nurse or midwife at the first Surrey Nursing Summer School.

The Summer School took place from 17 to 19 July and saw 45 Year 12 students from around the UK attend special classes and stay overnight on campus to get a real feel for life at university.

Held to encourage students from Widening Participation backgrounds* to consider the benefits of a university education, the event included a talk from Mandy Stevens, Director of Mental Health at the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust, a Q&A with an expert panel of Surrey academics and practitioners representing all disciplines of nursing and midwifery, and a series of interactive workshops and training exercises. Students were also given information and advice about applying to university and NHS-funded courses, such as those offered by our School of Health and Social Care.

Nadine Page, Mental Health Nursing Tutor, said: “The Summer School students spent time in our Simulation Suite where we train our undergraduate Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Midwifery students. They also benefited from spending time with a number of our current nursing students to give them an understanding of what life is like at university, both academically and socially. On the last day of the Summer School, students were asked to give a presentation on what they had learnt, and the importance of teamwork, compassion, multi-tasking, communication and perseverance were all shown to be at the forefront of their minds. Hopefully, the budding nurses and midwives will take these key skills forward as they embark on their chosen career.”

Sarah Linington, the University of Surrey’s Widening Participation Co-ordinator, said: “We hope that the support and the variety of experiences the students gained from their three days with us will allow them to successfully apply and secure a university place, and has helped them to decide which aspect of nursing or midwifery they wish to study.”

For more information about the University’s Summer Schools, contact Sarah Linington on 01483 683177 or email

*The Summer School is aimed at students who are currently under-represented in Higher Education. These include, for example, students with no immediate history of Higher Education in their family, students in care, travellers, or students with a disability. This reflects the University of Surrey’s commitment to raising aspirations and attainment for students from these backgrounds.