On 25th April 2019, Trustees from MST attended the Student Nursing Times Awards 2019 and congratulated the School of Health Sciences BME Student Network of the University of Nottingham, on winning the Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion.
MST Chair Trevor Sterling and Diversity in Leadership Chair, Karen Bonner, helped to judge the award and were impressed by the winners’ enthusiasm and use of personal experience to help others in a positive way. They identified the racial empathy gap and organised drop in sessions for students having difficulties and requiring support. The group took a strategic approach looking to develop the leaders of the future and built strong alliances in order to meet their aim to create an environment that enables BME students and nurses to speak up.
Trevor Sterling commented: “During Equality Diversity and Human Rights Week 2019, it is important that those working within the NHS who are proactively working towards more inclusive and fairer practices are celebrated and encouraged. I was inspired to learn about the work of the University of Nottingham and that of the other nominees and the Trust is honoured to have been included in the process.”