USW student midwife named Learner of the Year at Womenspire Awards

Sian Preddy, Student Midwife at USW, won Learner of the Year at the annual Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards. Neil Gibson, June 22, 2017

Sian Preddy was named Learner of the Year and Champion of the Year at the Womenspire Awards

A STUDENT midwife at the University of South Wales (USW) has been named as Learner of the Year and Champion of the Year at the annual Womenspire awards.

Sian Preddy, from Bridgend, scooped the two awards at a ceremony held at the Wales Millennium Centre, where 400 guests celebrated the personal and professional achievements of women across Wales.   

Sian, who wears a cochlear implant, showed incredible determination to achieve her desired dream of training to be a midwife. She was told by a careers officer in school that she would not be suitable as a nurse as she was ‘too deaf.’ 

Several years later, through hard work and determination, she returned to learning to do her CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education. She is now a Student Midwife.

"Tutors at the USW Open Day were so helpful and encouraging," said Sian. "They informed me of what I needed to overcome in order to pursue a career in midwifery. I found an adapted stethoscope and finally, after a few years of overcoming different hurdles, my journey to midwifery began."  

"Studying midwifery has been such a positive experience and the excellent support from my tutors has played a big role in my learning. 

"If you have a dream, go for it.  You may come across some obstacles along the way but if it is what you really want, you can find a way around them. I did.”

About the awards

More than 300 nominations, across 12 categories, recognised the achievements that individuals and organisations have made in leading equality in their industries, such as business, arts, sports, STEM, rural, and education. 

Cerys Furlong, Chwarae Teg's Chief Executive, said: “As Wales’ leading charity for equality we wanted to really celebrate the achievement stories of women, organisations, and men who are inspiring and championing fair play and equality in the workplace. 

"Tonight’s event is really special as we bring so many wonderful people together to hear their personal and professional journeys on how they are making a difference in equality.”

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