A final-year Midwifery student who achieved a University first after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award was named as runner-up.
India Cartwright was nominated for the British Journal of Midwifery Student Midwife of the Year accolade, the first Edge Hill undergraduate to reach the final three, with the awards taking place on 13th February at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.
The 22-year-old, formerly a pupil at Scarborough College in North Yorkshire, was put forward by Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead, Caroline Myerscough, for her hard work and commitment to her course.
“I nominated India because I wanted to showcase her exceptional achievements which include being awarded for her Average Academic Pass mark at Level 4; her contribution to our Annual International Day of the Midwife Conference and her commitment to supporting the team with recruitment,” said Caroline.
“Additionally, she has represented her cohort as student rep and is a committee member of our very successful Midwifery Society. I felt this commitment to the midwifery programme in addition to her focus on engaging in the wider student experience within the University setting deserved recognition.”
India, who also has dyslexia, has flourished in her studies and was awarded an Academic Achievement Award for the Faculty of Health last year. She revealed:
“It was a massive shock when I found out about the nomination. Caroline nominated me without my knowledge, so you can imagine how surprised I was when I received the email. I am extremely proud of my achievements and honoured to have been nominated. I cannot thank the midwifery team enough for their continued support.”
Her work as student representative include forging strong links with tutors, for the benefit of current, and future midwives.
“I pass on suggestions, criticisms and praise to the termly board meeting with staff from the university and other placement bodies. I represent the views of my colleagues in a professional manner and advocate change for my cohort and the new students who will follow. As a result, we can work with the leaders of the midwifery program to enhance the experience for ourselves and future cohorts.”
Treasury commitments for the Midwifery Society include fundraising and organising community days, plus any other events that might be beneficial to students.
“The Society is a fantastic platform to arrange things that may not be available within the curriculum. We have arranged study days and a fundraiser for Beyond Bea, our chosen charity. We aim to provide a society that not only benefits the further education of its members, but also offers new experiences and the opportunity to support charities and the wider community.”
India credits Edge Hill with boosting her educational as well as personal skills, as she looks ahead to a career in the midwifery profession following graduation.
“Edge Hill offers a wide variety of experiences whilst studying, which has made me adaptable and built my confidence. Being on placements in different Trusts has given me opportunities and experiences that I perhaps wouldn’t have gained otherwise. I have met many different practitioners who all have different areas of expertise. This has allowed me to build on my own knowledge and opened my mind to the many directions in which my degree could take me.
“The best part of my degree is to be able to help and support people as they become parents. Being thanked by the parents of the first baby that I delivered will stay in my memory forever. I felt so privileged to provide care and to be part of such a life-changing moment. A midwifery degree certainly offers a uniquely rewarding career.”