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 an Open Day and having a guided tour around Helen McArdle House, I knew I had made the right decision to study for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice degree. The staff go above and beyond, and the facilities are the best I’ve seen available across different universities. The library offers a lot of help with the academic side of your work, which can be booked on a one-to-one basis – they have study rooms available and the resources in there for students are brilliant!
I have a degree in education and before I came to study at Sunderland, I had been volunteering in schools, yet midwifery 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. I love how the University offers different support when you need it, including mental health, wellbeing management and financial services. A key part of the course is working with PCPIs (Patient, Carer and Public Involvement). These give you an insight into how the health care trusts work and allows the opportunity for questions to be asked which you may not get a chance to in placements, due to the sensitive nature they are sharing.
My advice to prospective students is go for it! The staff at the University are with you every step of the way, offering support and guidance around anything you're worried about. Placements occur early on in the course, giving you more insight into what you're studying, which is great as it allows you to think about your chosen course and if it's definitely right for you. The knowledge of the academic tutors is above and beyond what you would expect.
My experience so far has been nothing but positive. If you're in doubt about where to study, go and check out the campus or attend an Open Day. This really solidified that I had made the right choice by choosing the University of Sunderland."
Published 4 November 2022