University of Cumbria nursing student Emma Consadine has won the Nursing Times Student of the Year: Learning Disabilities Award.
Nationally, nine students were short-listed for the award and three of these were from the University of Cumbria.
Before becoming a student at the Lancaster campus, Emma worked for Scope for ten years and she has always been an advocate for equality for people with disabilities.
She said: “My passion was intensified by spending time in Australia discovering my own worth, having people instil in me a ‘can do’ attitude, and a ‘just try it out’ approach!
“I want to be able to go out and enable people to become the best that they aspire to be, to dream big dreams and to help them to take a step on their own path.”
Emma’s ambitions now she has graduated are firmly rooted in advancing the cause of those with learning disabilities.
“Tony Dennison, senior lecturer at the university said: “The staff team were delighted with the shortlist. We were even more delighted when we heard from Emma that she had won. It is richly deserved!
“During her third and final year of the programme, in addition to her academic and placement work, Emma has found time to present at a conference hosted by a local NHS trust.”