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Midwifery societies

Midwifery societies

Join a society

A number of universities now have a midwifery society. Have you thought about getting involved with your society or even linking it with the RCM? Affiliating your midwifery society with the RCM can help to build links with local branches and access RCM resources and events as part of the society’s activities. If you are unsure how to find out if your university has a society, contact your student union or visit their website.

The RCM now offers grants for Student Midwifery Societies

The RCM is very keen to support Student Midwifery Societies and to help them grow and develop student midwife networks across the UK. We hope that Student Midwifery Societies will form strong collaborative links with their local RCM Branches and consider affiliation with the RCM. To encourage the growth and success of student midwifery societies, the RCM is introducing an annual grant of £250 payable to any Student Midwifery Society that can meet the required criteria.

Click here now to access the application form>

Setting up a society

If your university doesn’t currently have a midwifery society, you can always set one up yourself, each student union will have its own guidelines, but generally the steps below will serve as a rough guide to setting up a society. If you want support from the RCM, why not contact the RCM Student Midwives Forum who have lots of experience in setting up and running societies.

  • Discuss your idea with other student midwives to gauge interest and feasibility
  • Speak with your student union office for advice
  • The society’s core activities must not overlap with an existing group
  • It should be open to all student midwives of the university
  • There is usually a minimum number of potential members set by the university
  • There is often an application process online to set up the society, or you may need to get this from the student union – this will ask for the names of the organisers, a constitution/set of objectives for the society, outline of proposed activities, outline of what funding you will initially apply for, and a petition of interested members of the society
  • Some universities may ask for a declaration of any external organisations who are affiliates of the society at the application stage – therefore if may be worth stating if this is going to be an RCM midwifery society
  • The application will need to be submitted to the student union, who will decide whether to accept or decline your application. Some universities may ask the society organisers to present to student union officials at this stage
  • If your application is accepted, you will need to agree to adhere as a group to the relevant policies and procedures
  • Societies will need to elect a president (usually the founder and leader of the society), treasurer (the person who deals with the money), and social secretary/fundraiser. Some universities would ask for the names of these postholders at the application process while others wouldn’t expect this detail until the society has been approved. The society will need to hold a yearly AGM.
  • The university may set a minimum fee, which you can charge for membership.

 

Get creative!

There are many activities that you can do as a society. The Midwifery Society of Canterbury Christ Church University was formed in October 2014, here is a taster of what they've been up to in the first six months.