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RGU Win Pharmacist University Hero of the Year Award


Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been awarded the Pharmacist University Hero of the Year Award for 2017.

Pharmacy Students with Diane Leicester-HallamIn the first week of semester, many of the Pharmacy students wore green as part of #GoGreen4PS and donated money to support the work of Pharmacist Support.

RGU raised more money than any other school of pharmacy, an amazing final total of £601.82.

Professor Donald Cairns, Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, commented: “This is a great achievement for the university and being able to help such a terrific charity is an honour and a privilege. “

“The award acknowledges that the school is trying to be a positive force in society and in healthcare generally.  It also demonstrates that we are helping to shape the pharmacists of the future.”

Pharmacist Support is an independent charity working for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students to provide help and support in times of need.

Their support services include a variety of programmes developed in consultation with pharmacists to offer a helping hand to colleagues who find themselves confronted by difficult circumstances, for whatever reason.

RGU graduate, Johnathan Laird, is also being individually recognised for his contribution to the charity. The Aberdeenshire based Pharmacist ran 5 kilometres every day in January and raised £1000 for the cause.

On Thursday 9 March, Diane Leicester-Hallam who is the Chief Executive of Pharmacist Support, came to RGU to present the students’ award ahead of their event on 23 March.

Speaking about the support RGU gave the charity, Diane Leicester-Hallam said: “To celebrate 175 years of support to the profession, in 2016 Pharmacist Support – the profession’s independent charity - connected with Pharmacy schools across Great Britain.

“We received a fantastic response, but there was one university in particular that really got behind the cause and raised the most money from their fundraising activities. The charity was delighted to present our Pharmacy School Hero Award 2017 to Senior lecturer and MPharm Course Leader Dr Ruth Edwards and the students at Robert Gordon University.

“We were truly overwhelmed by the support we received from the team there last year and look forward to working with staff and students again to raise awareness of the free and confidential support available and of course discover what fundraising activities they come up with next!”

Posted by Jonathon Milne
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