Midwifery student wins the 2016 Travel Bursary

Kate Jones - alumni - 450pix

Tuesday the 10th of May saw the 2016 Travel Bursary judging day, with three USW students shortlisted to interview in front of a panel of Worshipful Livery Company of Wales (WLCoW) members and Senior Lecturer in Photography Geraint Cunnick.

Kate Jones, who is currently in the third year of her BA in Midwifery, was the lucky recipient of the £1,000 prize, which can be used by students to travel abroad, in order to further their studies or career.

Kate explains why she decided to apply for the bursary:

I first heard about The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Travel Bursary though an email from a University Lecturer.  As I was already in the process of arranging an elective placement to South Africa for August, it was a golden opportunity for support, both financial and otherwise.  

Kate is going to use her prize to cover her airfare to South Africa, where she plans to observe midwifery practice alongside private midwife Natasha Stadler, who is attempting to tackle the high caesarean rate in her area.  Upon returning to Wales, Kate aims to use all she has learned about midwifery techniques for avoiding caesarean birth, to improve her own midwifery practice.  All findings will also be relayed to midwifery students within The University of South Wales, therefore having impact upon the care that they are able to give to women. The ultimate aim will be to, where possible, facilitate normal labour and vaginal birth, with the effect of reducing the caesarean rates in the South Wales area. 

Kate goes on to thank the WLCoW, explaining:

This award will enable and facilitate my placement in South Africa, allowing opportunity for learning, with findings to be relayed and discussed with USW midwifery students.  I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the WLCoW for recognising this as a valid learning experience and opportunity, I am very grateful. 

Do you have plans to go abroad in 2017, but not sure how to make your dreams become reality? Make sure you keep an eye on the alumni pages for further details of when the next round of applications will be open.

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