We were recently visited by Professor Pamela Dube the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development and Support at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa. Professor Dube was particularly interested in seeing the new Campus facilities at Lanarkshire Campus and how we use simulation in our teaching and learning as UWC have also recently invested in simulation as a teaching method.
While here Professor Dube met with Dr Chris Easton who showcased the UWS extreme environments laboratory in which we are able to regulate the ambient temperature up to 45C and recreates the atmosphere at 5850 m above sea level. She also met with Mia Burleigh (a third year PhD student) and her supervisor Rachel Taylor from Sport and Exercise Science who discussed their ongoing research examining the effects of dietary manipulation on the physiological responses to exercise in warm climates.
She also met with Lyz Howie, Connor Murray & Evelyn Mohammed who showcase the Midwifery simulation laboratory and demonstrate a simulated birth scenario using the SimMom simulator. Adult Nurse Lecturer Jack Simpson also provided our guests with a tour of the simulation suite and introduction to SimMan.
Simulation-Based Learning sessions are delivered frequently to our pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in preparation for practice and provide students with a safer more engaging and enjoyable approach to developing their skills base.
We are hoping to develop a partnership with UWC to share experiences of utilising simulation into the future.