A leading professor of nursing has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Dundee’s Abertay University for her work in improving equality and diversity within the healthcare sector.
Professor Laura Serrant, who is one of only six black professors of nursing in the UK, was recognised along with experts from other sectors during a ceremony at the city’s Caird Hall yesterday.
”Equality and diversity within the health sector is improving but there’s more that needs to be done”
Professor Laura Serrant
She is based at Sheffield Hallam University and her research has focussed on disparities – particularly in relation to sexual health among minority groups.
Earlier this year Professor Serrant was named the new chair of the chief nursing officer for England’s black and minority ethnic strategic advisory group.
She is also a scholar with the Florence Nightingale Foundation, which supports nurses by providing grants for research.
Professor Serrant was also part of a campaign which led to the creation of the first statue dedicated to a named black woman - Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole – which was unveiled last year.
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“I am thrilled to receive an honorary degree from Abertay University and it was a true privilege to join hundreds of graduates on their special day,” said Professor Serrant.
”Our honorary graduates represent the values of Abertay University, and are hugely inspiring role models to our students”
Professor Nigel Seaton
“Equality and diversity within the health sector is improving but there’s more that needs to be done and I am pleased that universities like Abertay, together with Sheffield Hallam, share the same values and level of commitment to achieve this,” she added.
Professor Nigel Seaton, principal and vice-chancellor of Abertay University, said the honorary graduates had been chosen for excellence in their respective fields.
“Through their outstanding achievements, and by their personal qualities, our honorary graduates represent the values of Abertay University, and are hugely inspiring role models to our students,” he said.