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Claire Longley

BSc Midwifery

Claire is a mature student from Cardiff currently studying Midwifery at Birmingham City University. She was drawn to the University due to its good reputation for the subject. On attending an Open Day, she says: “I was very impressed with the facilities and how friendly all the staff and current student were.”

Claire has always wanted to work in a profession that was rewarding, involved contact with the public and gave something back to the community. She says: “Midwifery ticked all the boxes for me. The profession will allow me to support and empower women through a life changing experience.”

Claire is in the first year of the course and is finding that the placements are the most enjoyable part of the course. She says: “I love the feeling you get when you can put something that you have learnt in lectures into practice”. Working with qualified, experienced midwives is, she says, “a great way of reinforcing everything that has been taught in lectures.” The course is proving to be everything she expected and more. “I think that if you look forward to going into university and going to placement the course is doing something right!” she says.

The placements and lectures aren’t the only things giving Claire such a positive student experience – she also has a lot of praise for the staff, who she describes as “brilliant and always there if you want some guidance for extra help with topics that you are finding difficult.” She adds: “We have a great tutorial scheme, for which the staff give up their own time.”

She also speaks highly of the University in general as it provides students with lots of extracurricular activities, as well as support networks for different aspects of university life. She says Birmingham is a “brilliant city to study in. You have everything that you want right on your doorstep, with the shopping, nightlife, tourist attractions, and the countryside just a short journey away.” She has been in Birmingham for five years now and says: “I’m not in any hurry to leave!”

Claire has two years left of her course, after which she plans to practice Midwifery in Birmingham for a few years before possibly relocating to Australia. She would advise future Midwifery students that “as long as you are prepared to put the hard work in you will get everything you want back from the course.” She says: “Take advantage of the brilliant facilities available to you and enjoy being a student because it’s true what they say – it is the best time of your life!”