A career in mental health is extremely rewarding—and we want to show you why.
We’re hosting an informal open evening at Abertay on Thursday 21 February where we’ll explore what makes Mental Health Nursing an inspired choice.
If you’re looking to change career, re-enter the job market, or you simply want to learn more about this fascinating field, our open evening is the perfect opportunity to discover what Mental Health Nursing is all about and how you can get started.
Best of all, it's not too late to start a Mental Health Nursing degree at Abertay University this September.
Please note: Eligible students undertaking a Mental Health Nursing degree will have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), and can also apply to SAAS for the Nursing and Midwifery Students’ Bursary Scheme (NMSB).
You’ll be welcomed by staff from our Mental Health Nursing and Counselling team, and joined by representatives from the NHS. The team will also reflect on their own experiences as mental health professionals.
6.00pm: Registration with refreshments
6.10pm: Welcome by Dr. Kate Smith, Head of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling at Abertay University
6.20pm: “Why you should consider a career as a mental health professional”; Dr. Kate Smith
6.40pm: “My career as a Mental Health Nurse” Emily-May Barlow
7.00pm: Coffee break
7.10pm: “Studying mental health at Abertay”: What you can expect
7.30pm: Careers and funding
7.50pm: Questions and closing thoughts
Dr. Kate Smith is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge, St Andrews and Abertay, and has over 25 years’ experience working in mental health. Starting as a volunteer for local council giving support to bereaved children, to becoming a telephone support worker as an undergraduate, she now has a PhD in mental health psychology and has practiced as a counsellor, training and supervising therapists for over 10 years.
Emily-May Barlow qualified as a mental health nurse 5 years ago. After studying at Keele University, England, she moved to Scotland for her first post in an alcohol and opiate detoxification unit. After a year, she took a post in an Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit before moving to her current post; for the last 2 years, Emily-May has had a split role between Abertay University and Rohallion Secure Care Clinic.