Staffordshire Uni scoops award for new apprenticeship

The national award was given as part of a recognition of the partnership between the NHS and higher education researchers

Staffordshire University has won a national award for its new degree apprenticeship in Healthcare Science.

The Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship was launched last year to meet demand for healthcare training and was designed through collaboration with a range of regional and national NHS partners.

In recognition of this, Staffordshire University’s Biological Sciences Department received the “Excellence in Education Delivery” prize at the Chief Scientific Officer’s Healthcare Science Awards during a special ceremony. 

The annual awards celebrate scientists working across the National Health Service and this year’s event was attended by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.

Ian Davies, Lecturer in Biomedical Science said: “This course has been developed through our close connections with NHS partners and this award recognises our pioneering approach to developing the next generation of Biomedical Scientists.” 

“Her Royal Highness was interested to hear of our work to widen participation in Higher Education through degree apprenticeships,” Davies continued. 

Staffordshire University has been pioneering degree apprenticeships for a number of years and has recently announced plans for a £17m project to drive up the number of skilled apprentices in the region.

Sarah Tudor, Director of Employer Partnerships, added: “This award is a fantastic achievement. It recognises the importance of collaborating with partners to meet the needs of industry and reinforces our position as a national leader in the design and delivery of higher and degree level apprenticeships.”