The name Yuswant Coomar Gunga appears on my birth certificate but my friends and colleagues call me Yash. I have lived longer in the United Kingdom than I have in my native Mauritius. This year (2015) I was awarded a Long Service Award for 40 years of service, first to the National Health Service as a registered nurse and then to the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer.
My career began in 1975 and after completing my training to become a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities as well as a State Registered Nurse, I gained my experience mainly in general hospitals working my way up from Staff Nurse to Charge Nurse to Clinical Manager to In-service training officer. With a keen interest in teaching I gained my Certificate in Education at the College of Ripon & York St Johns to become a full time Nurse Tutor in 1991 and joined the Sister Dora College of Nursing and Midwifery in 1992. During my time as a teacher I studied for a degree in Human Biology and Biomedical Science at the University of Wolverhampton and I also completed my Masters in Research Methods in Health and Social Care with the University of Derby. I am currently employed by the University of Wolverhampton as a Senior Lecturer with 20 years’ experience. I teach undergraduates on the adult nursing degree and I have a special interest in human biology, research and creative writing.