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Student midwives forum

Student midwives forum

Role of the student midwife forum

The RCM student midwives forum (SMF) debates and discusses issues affecting student midwives at local and national levels to inform the work of the RCM on behalf of student midwife members. The SMF currently meets three times a year at RCM headquarters in central London and are made up of members who are elected by fellow student midwife members of the RCM.

Each of the four countries in the UK has student midwife representatives on the SMF and the group is chaired by a student midwife member and supported by RCM staff. We lead the RCM Student Midwives’ Conference each year, identifying issues of interest and concern to student midwives and uniquely contributing to the programme.

The SMF is currently reviewing the way it works to ensure that it continues to effectively network with student midwife members. A virtual reference group will be set up to include a representative from each university/midwifery society to make sure everyone has their voice heard. It has also been identified that an alumni of past SMF members would be invaluable in supporting the transition from student midwife to midwife.

View updates from the SMF in the Studentezine

Student Midwife Forum Elections 2018

The nominations for student midwife elections to the RCM Student Midwife Forum (SMF) open on Friday 12 October 2018.

As our elected members retain their seats on the forum for two years or until qualification we are not always able to elect every seat annually. This year, we have six seats available for re-election.

We retain four of our current SMF representatives, Deirbhile Murphy and Vince Rosales for Northern Ireland, Lydia Marklew-Adams for Wales and Rosie Jenks for the England region of London.

This leaves the following seats available for election to the Forum;

  • 2 seats for Scotland
  • 1 seat for Wales
  • 3 seats for England that include;

- 1 seat for North

- 1 seat for Midlands and East

- 1 seat for South


Midlands and East


Edge Hill University

Birmingham City University

Anglia Ruskin University

University of Central Lancashire

Coventry University

University of Bedfordshire

Liverpool John Moores University

University of Wolverhampton

University of East Anglia

University of Manchester

Keele University

University of Suffolk

University of Salford

Staffordshire University

Canterbury Christ Church University

University  of Chester

De Montfort University

University of Brighton

Sheffield Hallam University


University of Surrey

University of Bradford    

University of Nottingham

Bournemouth University

University of Huddersfield

University of Leicester

University of Southampton

University of York

University of Worcester

Oxford Brookes University

University of Hull


University of the West of England

University of Cumbria


University of Plymouth

University of Leeds



Northumbria University



Teesside University   




If you are interested in this opportunity then you need to be able to contribute an active role in the SMF committing to four meetings per year (all held in London) and attendance at RCM Annual Conference to facilitate the Student Stream and promote the SMF. Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed for attendance at all four meetings and for RCM Annual Conference.

The dates for the meetings are fixed and will be held on;

  • Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Thursday 18 July 2019
  • Tuesday 10 September 2019

The dates for RCM Annual Conference will be released in 2019.

The Student Midwife Forum Terms of Reference provide further detail on what will be required of you if you are successfully elected to the forum.

If you feel you are the person to become actively involved in the group, please apply with a manifesto of no more than 500 words on the submission form provided.

Your manifesto should demonstrate who you are, why you are looking for a seat on the group and what you can offer. This will then be circulated to the RCM Student Midwife Members in your Country or Region to vote. Votes will only be accepted from RCM Student Midwife Members. 

If you are not currently an RCM student member but are interested in this opportunity, you will need to join the RCM to be eligible for election to the forum. We would advise that you do this as early as possible to ensure that your membership is up and running in time for you to be included in the process. It is important to note that we will be communicating through email; if you have selected not to be contacted by the RCM by email you will not receive these communications. We would advise that to participate fully that you ensure your membership is up to date and confirmation that you are happy to be contacted by email. You can make these changes through contacting RCM Connect on 0300 303 0444 who will be very happy to help.

Nominations are welcome from all current student midwives (three year programme and shortened courses) who are members of the RCM. The RCM is committed to supporting equality and diversity in the organisation and encourages applications from students from all backgrounds to ensure the SMF is truly representative of student midwives in the UK.

All submissions need to be sent as a Word document to Jennifer.rutter@rcm.org.uk



  • Nomination entries open on Friday 12 October and close midnight on Monday 12 November


  • Voting will open on Friday 16 November and close midnight on Friday 30 November


  • The new forum members will then be announced by email on Monday 10 December 2018



Meet the current members: 


Louise WebsterLou.bonass@gmail.com  

"I wanted to be a part of the SMF to voice issues and highlight the positive work that students undertake. I have been Vice Chair and Chair of the SMF, an active member of the RCM Advisory board and student voice for the NMC new midwifery education standards." Louise Webster, Midwife at Walsall Manor Hospital


Charlene Colecolec10@uni.coventry.ac.uk 

"I joined the SMF in my second year as I really wanted to be a voice for students and to promote my ideas for support and collaborative working through social media. I have chaired sessions at the RCM Student Conference and been a part of the RCM Advisory Board - it has been a wonderful experience." Charlene Cole, third year Student Midwife at Coventry University



Alice Kerseyak9089f@greenwich.ac.uk

"I have been a member of the SMF for two years now and joined to have a voice for student midwives within the RCM. I have been a student representative for RCOG’s electronic fetal monitoring learning package and for the NMC; devising new proficiencies for the upcoming midwifery education standards." Alice Kersey, third year Student Midwife at the University of Greenwich



Rosie Jenks – roseanna.jenks@gmail.com

"I joined the RCM as a first year student, after I was inspired by a RCM Organiser who came to our university. I was excited by the prospect of developing my passion for midwifery and since joining I have represented the SMF speaking at a conference celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS." Rosie Jenks, third year student at the University of West London



Northern Ireland


Deirbhile Murphy - dmurphy69@qub.ac.uk

"I am one of the SMF Northern Ireland representatives. I was eager to join the SMF to be a voice for student midwives within the RCM. I have really enjoyed my role so far and look forward to future opportunities." Deirbhile Murphy, second year Student Midwife at Queens University Belfast




Vince Rosales - vrosales01@qub.ac.uk

"I have been a midwifery student since October 2017 on the 22 month course. I really enjoy representing students and the experience of working with the RCM." Vince Rosales, a registered Nurse, A&E Senior Nurse practitioner of 8 years, trained at Queens University Belfast  



Elizabeth Barilli - B00235948@studentmail.uws.ac.uk

"I was eager to join the SMF to meet with student midwives to discuss any issues that related to  academic or clinical experience. Through the SMF, I have been given fantastic opportunities such as chairing a session at the RCM Conference, and joining the NMC Quality Assurance Reference Group." Elizabeth Barilli, third year Student Midwife at the University of the West of Scotland




Lydia Marklew-Adams - 16025342@students.southwales.ac.uk

"Studying to be a midwife is helping to fulfill my ambition to care for women as well as being an advocate for them. I feel it is part of my role to encourage student voices to be heard as greater demands are being put onto midwives." Lydia Marklew-Adams, second year Student Midwife at the University of South Wales  




Jennifer Pope - PopeJ3@cardiff.ac.uk

"I joined the RCM during my second year to be a voice for student midwives in Wales. Since being on the forum, I have chaired sessions at the RCM Student Conference and have been involved with drafting of the NMC 2020 Midwifery programme standards." Jenny Pope, third year student at Cardiff University



How does RCM Student Midwives Forum engage with Student members?

There are number of ways that you can get engaged with RCM's SMF and other Student Members:

  • View updates from the SMF in the Studentezine which is emailed to all RCM student members.
  • Follow @RCM_SMF and #GetYourTweetOn
  • As  a Student Member you will receive newsletters and can access free events delivered the RCM

Further information

For further information about the RCM SMF, contact RCM head of organising and engagement Denise Linay at: denise.linay@rcm.org.uk or on: 0300 303 0444.