With its fantastic facilities and excellent teaching and support, it’s not hard to see why Midwifery at Chester has received 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) for the fifth consecutive year. Voted for by the students themselves, this score presents an honest reflection of just how much our students value the high-quality learning experience here at Chester. So if you ever needed a reason to study Midwifery with us, then this is it.
Not only is it a challenging and rewarding course, it’s highly enjoyable too. Outside of lectures, special events, fundraising activities and awards ensure you get the most out of your midwifery experience. Take a look through this blog to see what our current students have been getting up to both on and off the course.
Far from your usual visitor, in 2015 students were introduced to the Earl of Wessex, who popped in to the Riverside Campus as part of our 175th anniversary celebrations. During the visit, he took a tour of the Midwifery Skills Lab, a simulated hospital setting which allows students to get a real sense of working in a hospital environment. This was a great opportunity for our students to show off their skills, demonstrating midwifery techniques and procedures on interactive manikins.
Not only do our students excel on the course, but they are also award-winning too! At Chester, we are proud of our award-winning students and the work they do both on and off the course.
In 2014, Azija (Izzy) Khanam was presented with the Student Nursing Times Award for being the most inspirational student. This year, 3rd-year student Rachel Jones, President of the Midwifery Society, was a runner up.
We have a very good track record of our students achieving University valedictory prizes for the Faculty of Health and Social Care, which are awarded every year to outstanding final-year students. Here's just a snapshot from recent years.
- 2014: Nathalie Hendleman was awarded the prize for demonstrating, through academic study, particular impact on practice development. Azija (‘Izzy’) Khanam was awarded the prize for showing excellence in clinical practice. In addition to the usual categories, a special recognition award was made to Izzy for her achievements.
- 2015: Lorna Sidebottom was awarded the Tom Mason Award for making a real difference in academic and practice endeavours, while Helen Ward was awarded the prize for showing excellence in clinical practice.
- 2016: Aimi Holmes was awarded the prize for the student who had made the best academic progress.
- 2017: Jennifer Fowlie will be awarded the prize for the student deemed to have shown excellence in practice. Rachel Jones will be presented with a Special Recognition Award for being nominated for a national award.
Our students have also won and have been runners up for Health Education England Awards. In 2016, Helen Bridge was awarded a Highly Commended award for the Adult Learners Week Awards ‘First Steps into Employment’ category from Health Education England. The award was presented at the University’s Valedictory Awards ceremony by a representative from Health Education England (North West).
In 2017, Caroline Ingram achieved runner-up status for the Adult Learners Week Awards ‘Widening Participation’ category from Health Education England.
Having these awards behind them will go a long way to making these students stand out to future employers.
Rebecca El Boukili, while studying for her Midwifery degree, simultaneously competed in Taekwondo competitions across the country. Originally a dancer, Rebecca decided to take up this new sport in 2015 and, thanks to the University of Chester’s Mission Committee Bursary, she received funding for training and competitions. Her sporting achievements resulted in Rebecca entering the World Championships in July 2016, where she brought home an impressive silver medal.
Rebecca El Boukili
Dr Taniya Roberts, senior Midwifery lecturer and Rebecca’s Personal Academic Tutor, said: “Rebecca is a highly motivated, caring and compassionate student. She is an inspirational student midwife!”
In 2016, student Aimi Holmes, a 37-year-old single mother of five, received recognition in the local press for achieving her midwifery dream.
Set up in 2014 by students Lindsay Hughes, Sammy Edwards and Rachel Jones, and launched with the help of the Royal College of Midwives Chief Executive Cathy Warwick, the Midwifery Society is a great way to continue your passion for Midwifery outside of your contact hours. Whether you’re getting involved in the ‘buddying system’ or attending useful study days, the society will provide you with extra support and lots of opportunities to socialise. Since its inception, the Midwifery Society has run a number of study days and this year 2017 is no exception, with two study days planned.
Students Get Muddy for Money
As a midwife in training, you’ll see first-hand just how important maternity units are to enhancing the experiences of women and their families. To show their support, many of our students have been taking part in various fundraising activities to raise money.
Lorna Sidebottom, Rebecca Oliver and Helen Ward were involved in fundraising activities from the start of their midwifery training. They pushed themselves to the limit on the Total Warrior course in the Lake District and raised a fantastic £500! In total, their activities have raised more than £9,000, which has contributed to the purchase of a wireless cardiotocography (CTG) monitor for the unit. The monitor allows women much more freedom and movement in labour, which ultimately enhances the care of high-risk women.
And if that’s not enough, in October 2015 our then new first-year students completed the Countess Autumn Walk for Wards and raised a fantastic £320.
International Day of the Midwife
5th May 2015 was the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. Thanks to student Amy Oppermann, local and student midwives celebrated the International Day of the Midwife in style last year with complementary access to a hotel spa. This well-deserved treat was the perfect opportunity for them all to relax and unwind for the day. And if that wasn’t enough, the Midwifery Society also held a ‘Cake Off Bake Off’ competition to celebrate. Pampering and cake - what more could you want!
Student Get their Voices Heard
As a student studying Midwifery at Chester, you will have the opportunity to shape your own learning by having a say in how your course is run as a Student Academic Representative (StAR). Two StARs are elected per cohort and collect views from fellow students, which are then fed back to staff in the Department.
And if that’s not enough, we also have a number of students who are acting as Student Quality Ambassadors within NHS placements. Involved in enhancing the quality of care that women and their families receive, this role has proved a fantastic opportunity for students to make their mark in the health sector.
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