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Student soundbites: November 2014

28 November, 2014

Student soundbites: November 2014

What’s new in the student world? Your chance to tell us where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to.

 

FGM conference 
The University of Huddersfield’s midwifery society held an FGM conference in September. Co-presidents Nicola Shaw and Angela Yates said: ‘We wanted to provide an overview of what FGM is, but also an event that was holistic in its approach, providing a rounded view of the current issues and work being done to eradicate FGM.’ The importance of multi-agency collaboration in tackling FGM was evident in the wide range of speakers.
 
 
DMU fresher’s stand success
De Montford University’s midwifery society held a very popular stand at the fresher’s fair, showcasing their newly designed midwifery society hoodies. The stand was a huge success, with lots of new members joining, inspiring confidence that the society will continue to go from strength to strength.
 
 
Queen’s University Belfast
A new academic year brings a change in the committee for the midwifery society at Queen’s, plus new events, including lunchtime speakers, a documentary screening and a Christmas quiz to raise funds for the society.
 
 
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Sponsored cycle and study day
Swansea University’s midwifery society cycled the length of Swansea Bay and back again in September to raise funds for Midwives@ethiopia – a charity that works with partners to deliver midwifery education.
 
In October, the society held a waterbirth study day with midwife and author Dianne Garland (pictured, left). This was an inspiring and informative day exploring the key elements of waterbirth to put into practice.
 
 
 
LJMU study day
Liverpool John Moores University’s midwifery society launched with their ‘Midwifery in Today’s World’ study day. Speakers included consultant midwife and author Sheena Byrom and One2One consultant midwife Simon Meighan. There were workshops on hypnobirthing, fetal malpositioning, independent midwifery and smoking cessation.
 
 
Bangor Midwives
 
Bangor midwifery society
Third-year student midwives Samantha Davies, Jonathan Cliffe and Daisy Fenner founded Bangor’s midwifery society in North Wales. The society’s launch included a quiz, presentations and short speeches from the director of midwifery and the university’s deputy head. The society already has 65 members.
 
 
Industrial action
Monday 13 October saw the first strike by RCM members in England. Midwife Kate Shove, who appeared on The One Show alongside RCM director for midwifery Louise Silverton, raised the issue that the salary of a newly qualified midwife has remained static for four years. She highlighted the difficulty of addressing the shortage of midwives if new graduates couldn’t be offered an attractive salary.
 
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