Professor Laura Serrant

Doctor of Education, 2017

‘Inspirational’ is a word that’s very easy to throw about. Sometimes though it doesn’t feel like it’s strong enough to do someone justice.

Professor Laura Serrant was awarded an honorary doctorate by Abertay in 2017, and it’s not hard to see why.

She’s one of only six black professors of nursing in the UK - that’s out of 262 people. As a result she’s often found herself as the sole voice representing nurses and minority communities. She’s used that position to empower others to come forward to join her.

Her amazing work has seen her win multiple awards and honours including Queen’s Nurse Status and in June of 2018, an OBE. In 2014 she was named one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards.

In 2010 she was appointed to the Prime Minister’s commission for the review of Nursing and Midwifery by the Department of Health. As a member of the Independent Advisory Group to the UK government on Black and minority ethnic issues, she was a key influencer in the development of the first national strategy for sexual health and HIV for England 2001.

And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Her achievements are significant and have made a real difference to people right across the country. We’re proud to call her an honorary graduate.

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