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Published on 27 November 2020

Hannah Browell
Hannah Browell

Hannah Browell, 26, from Wallsend, graduates from her BSc Adult Nursing degree this week, and picks up this year’s Helen McArdle Nursing Prize, after excelling in her studies.

Over the last three years her talents have shone through, but Hannah, who is dyslexic, admits that it wasn’t always an easy ride.

She said: “I initially struggled academically, but with the support from the lectures and the dyslexic support team, my grades vastly improved.

“I would definitely recommend Sunderland as a place to study due to the amazing support throughout the course. The support I received with being dyslexic was outstanding. The range of learning opportunities in the nursing course has been fantastic.”

At the outbreak of the Covid pandemic Hannah opted to work as a band 4 nurse at the Emergency Admission Unit at South Tyneside Hospital. Now she has qualified, Hannah is working at the Unit as a nurse.

“I was over the moon to have been selected for this prize.  It is rewarding to know the hard work and dedication into improving my grades and ability to become a nurse is recognised by the fantastic nursing teaching staff at the University. The values that Helen McArdle represents give me great pride, and it is an honour to receive the award.”

The Helen McArdle Nursing Prize of £150 and a certificate, is part of multi-million-pound partnership with the philanthropist and entrepreneur that benefits teaching and research in nursing and care. Through scholarships and student prizes, Helen’s donation supports and celebrate trainee nurses at the Sunderland School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The University’s Shackleton House building was re-named Helen McArdle House in 2019. 

A three-day online celebration event is taking take place from Wednesday-Friday this week, and students can join at https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/class-of-2020-winter/