On Monday 5th December we were delighted to welcome scholars, sponsors and trustees to our biennial presentation of certificates ceremony at The Governors’ Hall, St Thomas Hospital, London.
This event enables leadership, research and travel scholars who have completed their scholarships in the previous two years to collect their certificate of completion and FNF badge, as pictured.
We were very grateful to the London Network for Nurses and Midwives for sponsoring the event and to the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) for printing the ceremonial booklet. We were delighted to welcome Julie Smith, Editor, and Sarah Kahn, Deputy Editor, of the BJN to the event and scholars made the most of the opportunity to share their work and explore opportunities for publishing.
After a networking lunch whereby scholars got to reconnect with one another, meet their sponsors and speak with FNF Trustees, our Chairman, Bryan Sanderson CBE invited all guests to be seated and the ceremony began. Our new President Baroness Watkins of Tavistock gave a compelling speech on the Integrity of nurses which set the tone wonderfully for the ceremony that followed.
In between scholars receiving their certificates and FNF badges we had four presentations from scholars. Leadership scholars Iain Beith and Joanna McCormick shared their highlights and demonstrated the huge impact that their award had had on them both professionally and personally. Research scholar Joy Darch, who recently gained her Doctorate, gave us insight into her research and outlined how the Foundation’s belief in her research was a key factor in getting it off the ground. Finally we had Travel scholar Dorcas Gwata (pictured below) who outlined her study tour to Zimbabwe. Dorcas said that the scholarship had “changed her life” and by hearing more about her work with children and young people in gangs in Westminster it was evident that she was changing others’ lives on a daily basis too.
Professor Elizabeth Robb OBE, FNF Chief Executive was invited to the stage to give her closing remarks, as pictured below. Professor Robb’s pride in all the scholars was abundantly clear, compelling everyone in the room to make sure that their “memories are never bigger than your dreams” she urged everyone to keep on growing and developing and seeking challenges.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to stay for tea and cake and a final chance to network was had.
The afternoon was enjoyed by all and we were very proud to be able to award certificates and FNF badges to so many deserving scholars. Congratulations again to them all.
Our next Presentation of Certificates Ceremony will take place in late 2018 for all scholars who complete their scholarship between now and then.