RCN UK Students Committee

As an RCN member, you can use this page to keep up to date with the Students Committee's activity.

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The RCN Students Committee provides a voice for the thousands of student nurses who are members of the RCN. The committee is made up of one student member of Council, one student member of the Trade Union Committee, one student member of the Professional Nursing Committee, two representatives from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and one representative from each of the nine English regions. Through the student member of Council the committee can influence RCN policy and strategy on matters relating to student nurses and nursing education. 

If you are a student member of the RCN and would like to share your views, ideas or concerns with the committee, please email students@rcn.org.uk

You can find out more about the role and remit of the RCN Students Committee by reading the terms of reference.

Jess Sainsbury

Jess Sainsbury, Chair

Member for South East, January 2019 - December 2020

Jess is an adult and mental health nursing student at Southampton University. She has attended RCN Congress twice – the second time as a voting member – and is also an RCN Student Ambassador. She is a member of the RCN South East Board. Jess is also a lead contributor for The Student Nurse Project @StNurseProject.
Kendal Moran

Kendal Moran, (ex-officio), Vice Chair, January 2020 - December 2021

Member of the Professional Nursing Committee

Kendal is an adult nursing student at Bournemouth University. She is seconded to the university by the British Army as part of her transition to become an army nurse. Prior to her time in the army, Kendal achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of York. Since becoming an RCN member in 2018, she has contributed to the Staffing for Safe and Effective Care and Fund Our Future campaigns. In addition to her role on the Professional Nursing Committee, she sits on the Students Committee as an ex-officio member.

Amy Fancourt

Amy Fancourt

Student Member of RCN Council, January 2019 - December 2020

Amy is an adult and mental health nursing student at City, University of London where she is an elected student representative. Amy won an award for the impact she made in this role in 2017-18, and was also selected to join the Council of Deans’ Student Leadership Programme in March 2018. 

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Molly Kiltie

Molly Kiltie

Member for East Midlands, January 2020 - December 2021

Molly is studying Mental Health Nursing at De Montfort University, where she is secretary of the Nursing Society. She is an RCN Student Ambassador and has been actively involved in the Fund Our Future campaign, attending UK Parliament in 2018 and RCN Congress 2019 to support the campaign. Molly also runs the “Pint Sized Student Nurse” blog, and is a curator of The Student Nurse Project @StNurseProject.

Vanessa Anthony

Vanessa Anthony

Member for London, February 2020 - December 2020

Vanessa is studying Adult Nursing at the University of Greenwich, where she is a Student Ambassador, GREat Skills Ambassador and a STAART (Support Through AccessAbility Retention and Transition) Ambassador. Alongside these roles within the University, Vanessa is a GPN  Student Nurse Network Ambassador and a Brightside eMentoring Ambassador.


Scott Doughty

Scott Doughty

Member for Northern, January 2020 - December 2021

Scott is an adult nursing student at the University of Sunderland, where he is the RCN Rep for the Nursing Society. He has also been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2018. Outside of nursing, Scott is Assistant County Commissioner within the Scouting movement, supporting around 100 adult volunteers and 500 young people.

Marie Cairns

Marie Cairns

Member for Northern Ireland, February 2020 - December 2020

Marie is studying Adult Nursing at Queens University Belfast. In her first year at Queens, she was Vice Chair of the Staff Student Consultative Committee, and she has since been a class representative for two years. Marie has been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2017, and alongside attending various events in this capacity, she attended RCN Congress in Liverpool in 2019. Marie has amassed over five years experience as a healthcare assistant and senior healthcare support worker.

Lynsey McLaughlin

Lynsey McLaughlin

Member for Northern Ireland, January 2020 - December 2021

Lynsey is a third year nursing student at Queens University Belfast. She has previously been elected as class representative and student representative within her course, and was funded by the university in 2018 to attend the Chief Nursing Officer conference in Dublin. In 2019, Lynsey was nominated in the Student Nurse category at the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards. She has been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2017.

Sam Turner

Sam Turner

Member for North West, January 2019 - December 2020

Sam is studying Adult Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is also a Student Quality Ambassador. Sam is passionate about supporting nursing students to get their voices heard, especially following the recent introduction of tuition fees for nursing courses.

Dawn Keating

Dawn Keating

Member for Scotland, January 2019 - December 2020

Dawn is studying Mental Health Nursing at Robert Gordon University. Dawn is a class representative at University; she is also an RCN Student Ambassador and has twice attended RCN Congress, including once as a voting member.
Ben Barclay

Ben Barclay

Member for Scotland, January 2020 - December 2021

Ben is studying Adult Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, where he is the course representative. Alongside his degree, Ben is a Health Care Support Worker employed by NHS Lothian and a Call Handler for NHS24. He has been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2018. In 2019, he attended RCN Congress for the first time, and was elected to the RCN Lothian Branch Committee, as the student member.

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Lucia Assirati

Member for South West, September 2020 - December 2021

Lucia is in her second year studying Adult Nursing at the University of the West of England. Alongside her studies, Lucia works as a healthcare assistant and she is an RCN Student Ambassador.

Duncan Warren

Duncan Warren

Member for Wales, March 2019 - December 2020

Duncan is a second-year adult nursing student at Swansea University. Duncan is motivated to engage with student members both online and face-to-face, to ensure he is representing their views and advocating effectively. He has been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2017.




George Cade

George Cade

Member for Wales, January 2020 - December 2021

George is studying Adult Nursing at the University of South Wales. In 2019, George received the Student Ambassador of the Year award. He is a course representative and has represented the university at a number of conferences including the Chief Nursing Officer's conference. George chairs the Student Staff Course Liaison Group which represents all the student nurses and midwives at the University of South Wales. He has been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2019.

Rajneet Kaur

Rajneet Kaur

Member for West Midlands, February 2020 - December 2020

Rajneet is a final year adult nursing student at Birmingham City University, where she is the Student Academic Lead for her course. Rajneet is an RCN Student Ambassador and a GPN Student Nurse Network Ambassador. She is also a member of the team running the @WeStudentNurse Twitter account.



Olatunde George

Olatunde George

Member for Yorkshire and the Humber, March 2019 - December 2020

Olatunde is a mental health nursing student at the University of Hull, where he is Student Ambassador for the Faculty of Health and Social Care. He has been an RCN Student Ambassador since 2017. Olatunde is passionate about improving student engagement with and awareness of the RCN, and what it can offer them.




Heather Massie

Heather Massie (ex-officio), January 2020 - December 2021

Member of the Trade Union Committee

Heather is studying adult nursing at the University of Central Lancashire, having previously worked within the healthcare sector as both a healthcare assistant and a support worker. She is an active RCN Student Ambassador, where she has focused on supporting her branch with student member recruitment. In addition to her role on the Trade Union Committee, she sits on the Students Committee as an ex-officio member.

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