‘Inspirational’ Hatfield student shortlisted for award

PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 27 March 2017

The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire


A student at Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire has been shortlisted for a category in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2017.

The awards celebrate the best student nurses and nurse education, and pay tribute to those who have demonstrated academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities.

Julie Auger, a third-year student of BSc (Hons) Nursing-Learning Disabilities, has been shortlisted for the Inspirational Student of the Year award for her successes and overcoming personal obstacles.

These include managing to fit her studies with working part-time in a children’s respite service, managing a busy family life, as well as battling her own complex medical conditions.

Julie said: “When I applied I never expected to be shortlisted.

“To me what I do to achieve my desire of parenthood, studying and working is the norm, I do not see myself as any more important than anyone else.

“Everyone has hurdles to overcome each day that may not be known to anyone else.

“Even now I am in shock and very proud and honoured to be shortlisted. It is a great achievement and a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Lynne Stracey, senior lecturer in learning disability nursing, said: “Everyone in the Learning Disability Academic Team is proud of Julie’s achievement and her commitment and motivation is sure to inspire other students.”

The winner will be announced on 27 April 2017 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

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