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PDA Students

  • PDA student members take part in Young Members’ Development Weekend

    Thu 27th June 2024 The PDA

    Last month, PDA student members, Liz Boateng and Natalie Mbonjani attended the GFTU’s latest Young Members’ Development Weekend (YMDW). The three-day training course aims to educate and engage young trade union members through interactive and informative sessions. 

  • An award winning student’s contribution to pharmacy

    Tue 18th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA recently caught up with Olivia Donnelly, winner of the Student Leadership category in the 2024 Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards to discuss the steps she took while studying at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to contribute to the world of pharmacy. PDA member, Olivia also shared her advice to first-year pharmacy students and where her pharmacy journey will take her next.  

  • House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee agree pharmacy students should be included in the NHS Learning Support Fund

    Thu 30th May 2024 The PDA

    The PDA’s Fair Funding campaign was launched November 2023 to ask the government to include pharmacy students in the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF), a supplementary fund that supports healthcare students in England throughout their pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate studies. 

  • Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards Winners 2024 revealed

    Wed 15th May 2024 The PDA

    The 25th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards took place last month during a special silver milestone celebration to honour the hard work and dedication of the region’s leading healthcare professionals. 

  • Pharmacist Support launches Student ACTNow campaign

    Mon 11th March 2024 The PDA

    The PDA's charity partner, Pharmacist Support are once again running their student ACTNow wellbeing campaign to coincide with University Mental Health Day which takes place on Thursday 14 March.  

  • Student Newsletter – February 2024

    Sat 24th February 2024 The PDA

    In this edition, read about how PDA Student Reps are continuing to campaign on the issue of pharmacy students being left out of the scope of the NHS LFS and two student members' experiences of the 2023 EPhEU Congress and the 2023 FIP World Congress. Also, learn more about how you can get involved in one of the PDA’s four EDI Networks! 

  • PDA students continue to campaign for fair funding – now with the support of their MPs!

    Wed 10th January 2024 The PDA

    The campaign led by PDA Student Reps for fair funding for pharmacy students began last year and has gathered considerable support. Through MPharm students, PDA Student Reps and others sending letters to their MPs, the issue of pharmacy students being left out of the scope of the NHS Learning Support Fund has (LSF) been escalated to the Minister for Health by several MPs.  

  • The GFTU’s Young Members Development Weekend and the importance of unions

    Mon 27th November 2023 The PDA

    PDA Student Rep, Leah Wakefield-Coates recently attended the General Federation of Trade Union’s (GFTU) Young Members Development Weekend and has reflected on her experience and what she learned during the weekend.  

  • PDA student campaign is making an impact on NHS LSF exclusion issue

    Thu 23rd November 2023 The PDA

    The PDA student campaign to secure fair financial support for MPharm students is gathering pace with multiple members of parliament now responding to the issue. 

  • PDA Student Reps lead campaign to secure fair financial support for MPharm students

    Fri 10th November 2023 The PDA

    Pharmacy students in England, led by PDA Student Reps, are embarking on a campaign to get the MPharm included on the list of healthcare courses eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).  

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