Kristen Swanson, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was in London this July to deliver the keynote presentation at the King’s College London Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery annual research conference and to build links with staff at the school.
Following years of faculty exchange, discussion of possible collaborations between the two schools deepened at the beginning of the year when Helen McCutcheon, head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Barbara Dahill, director of business and administration, met with Swanson and her team during a visit to UNC in January.
While in London, Swanson and McCutcheon continued discussions relating to areas including staff and student exchange, visiting appointment, joint research and teaching, relationships with clinical practices and clinical and academic pathways. Swanson rounded off her visit by delivering the keynote presentation at King’s inaugural nursing and midwifery research conference which focused on the role of caring in transforming the culture of healthcare.
McCutcheon commented on Swanson’s visit to King’s: “It has been a pleasure welcoming Kristen to King’s, and we are delighted with her excellent contribution to our research conference. King’s and UNC have a strong relationship through an alliance that spans both institutions, so it is great to be strengthening these ties through our Schools.”
King’s and UNC became strategic partners in 2005 when an initial agreement was signed. Since then University-wide collaboration has developed, and the UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance has seen a wide range of initiatives take place which are designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff from the two institutions.
For more information about the UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance please visit www.kcl.ac.uk/unckings.