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Leading nursing academics are to receive honorary degrees


Two internationally acclaimed nursing academics are to receive honorary degrees from Oxford Brookes University next week.

Professor Hester Klopper and Professor John Daly will be joining students completing their studies in ceremonies on 2-3 September.

“It is an honour to welcome two internationally leading healthcare academics”£

Liz Westcott

Professor Hester Klopper, deputy vice-chancellor of strategic initiatives and internationalisation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, has an interest in the role nurses play in influencing global health policy and strengthening healthcare systems.

Her current research programme focuses on positive practice environments, patient safety and quality improvement.

Professor Klopper has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications and presented her research and scholarly work at more than 100 international conferences.

She holds two professor appointments in South Africa – one with INSINQ, a research unit based at North-West University, and one at the University of the Western Cape.

Hester Klopper

Hester Klopper

Hester Klopper

She was formally chief executive of the Forum for University Deans of South Africa and is the immediate past president of the global nursing organisation Sigma Theta Tau International – the first person outside of North America to be elected to the position.

Professor John Daly is currently dean of the health faculty at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and also head of the university’s World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development.

Professor Daly is credited with developing a number of innovative nursing programmes, ensuring that nurses are well educated and prepared for the complexity of modern nursing practice.

He has also published widely on leadership in nursing and health, education, cardiovascular health, role transition in nursing, older people’s care, cross-cultural nursing and nursing workforce issues.

In addition, he is a former chair of the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science and a former chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery for Australia and New Zealand.

University of Technology, Sydney

Top nursing academics to receive honorary degrees

John Daly

The honorary degrees form part of the university’s ongoing events to celebrate 125 years of nurse education in Oxford.

Dr Liz Westcott, head of the nursing department at Oxford Brookes, said: “It has been an exciting year celebrating the training and education of healthcare professionals which has long been a cornerstone of life in Oxford.

“It is an honour to welcome two internationally leading healthcare academics to this year’s graduation ceremonies, who will be an inspiration to all of our graduating nurses,” she said.


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