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Team Spirit – Health Sciences and Dundee Army Reservists

Published on 6 October 2021

As part of the University’s Welcome, the School of Health Sciences is running a 'Team Spirit' event with the Dundee Army Reservists

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As part of the University’s Welcome, the School of Health Sciences is running a “Team Spirit” event with the Dundee Army Reservists.

The aim of Team Spirit is to bring students together, in small teams, to complete a series of team building and communication activities. The activities are carefully chosen to help new students identify their strengths, develop their team working skills, and to allow them to demonstrate leadership skills.

Sean Robinson, Dundee University Clinical Academic Fellow and former Health Sciences student was at the event. He said: "Sometimes it can be quite a scary thing to go into a clinical environment, especially if you don’t know what the working environment is like. We have a lot of age ranges here, we have people fresh out of school and people who may have done a degree before, so you have a lot of different life experiences. Therefore, I think coming to this kind of structured event allows you to learn how to bring the best out in each other as a group which is crucial when working together on a ward or in theatre."

Sean Robinson at the Team Spirit welcome event
“I think coming to this kind of structured event allows you to learn how to bring the best out in each other as a group which is crucial when working together on a ward or in theatre.”

Sean Robinson, Dundee University Clinical Academic Fellow and former Health Sciences student

The event consists of different command tasks that the students take part in within teams. Captain Jim Evans Permanent Staff Officer at 153 Support Squadron, said, "Some of the tasks are more difficult then other, some are more physical, and some are more mental – there is a nice balance. We have caught the students at the right time in their course as they don’t know each other yet and ethos of the day is leadership and team building. They get to know each other through fun events, and it would have taken them a longer time to get to know each other and learn to work together had they not experienced this today."

Morgan at the Team Spirit welcome event
“The day has given the students a chance to get to know each other and meet people in their courses. It’s helped the new nurses learn communication and leadership skills which will be invaluable in their studies.”

Morgan, a TA member and a new first year student at the School of Health Sciences

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