Professor Jane Perry, dean of the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience at UEL, said, "Our students are among those who spent the past 18 months on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so proud of what Fahima and the rest of her cohort have achieved. They have gained the skills and experience to ensure successful careers."
Dr Beverly Joshua, head of nursing for UEL, added, "Fahima’s award is a testament to the commitment she put into her studies and work. It is a privilege to be supporting the next generation of nursing professionals."
Two other UEL students, Nada Essia and Ellie Bull, were also shortlisted for the Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year; and UEL was shortlisted for Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year (pre-registration).
Since its launch, the number of students studying to be Nursing Associates with UEL has grown rapidly from 60 students in 2019 to 200 in 2020.
Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president, remarked, "We are immensely proud of Fahima, whose experience highlights the importance of supporting one another in these unprecedented times. Fahima's achievements reflect our University values - putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do, as outlined in our strategy, Vision 2028."
The 21 winners were announced at an afternoon ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, recognising their hard-work, innovation, and dedication to nursing education.