After researching the universities around my area and listening to other stories from students, the University of Sunderland stood out to me because of their welcoming attitude and success rates of students passing degrees. After attending the open day and having a guided tour around Helen McArdle House, I knew I had made the right decision to study BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice. The staff go above and beyond, and the facilities are the best I’ve seen available across different universities. The library offers help with academic work which can be booked on a one-to-one basis, they have study rooms available for use and the resources in there available to students are brilliant!
I have a degree in Education and before I came to study at Sunderland I had been volunteering in schools. I also worked in retail, yet midwifery was and still is my passion in life and has been since leaving school. It was never the right time for me until now, and with the support on hand at Sunderland, I know I will achieve my dream career.
The university offers fantastic opportunities for placements so you can get the most out of your degree and experience working in midwifery in different sectors, so you know you have made the right decision. I love how the university has different support on hand when needed to, including mental health, wellbeing management and financial services. A key part of the course is also working with PCPI’s (Patient, Carers and Public Involvement). These give you an insight into how the health care trusts work and allows for the opportunity for questions to be asked which you may not get chance to in placements due to the sensitive nature or personal experiences they are sharing.
My advice for prospective students is go for it! The staff at the university are with you every step of the way offering support and guidance about anything you are worried about. There is so much opportunity to experience different placements and facilities. Placements also occur early into the of course which gives you an insight into what you are studying which is great as it allows you to think about your chosen course and if it is right for you. The knowledge of your tutors is above and beyond what you would expect.
My experience so far has been nothing but positive. If you are in doubt about where to study, go and check out the university campus on an open day. This really solidified that I had made the right choice by choosing the University of Sunderland."
Published 4 November 2022