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Mature student Alison followed her dreams

Alison Brindle longed to be a midwife but it wasn’t until her children were older that she decided to follow her dream.

She returned to education as a mature student on our Midwifery degree after meeting the course tutors, describing them as “wonderful and inspirational”.

After graduation, Alison secured a full-time position as a newly qualified midwife at Royal Preston Hospital. Soon afterwards, she had an article published in a medical journal, which led to the opportunity of being part of a pilot study enabling her to be the digital midwife to a group of women on a social media platform.

Alison Brindle returned to education as a mature student
Alison Brindle returned to education as a mature student

"The journey to becoming a midwife can be tough with long hours working in clinical placement while writing essays but the satisfaction you get from supporting women and families through their pregnancy and birth is second to none."

Alison's advice for students following the same career path.

Alison completed a tough midwifery preceptorship programme as one of her greatest professional achievements so far. She is also proud to hold her current position of Safety, Quality and Clinical Audit Midwife as a dual role alongside working as a Clinical Midwife. Alison’s job involves clinically caring for women and families throughout the whole pregnancy continuum and maintaining the safety and quality within her maternity department through the collection of data and audit practices. Most recently, Alison has gone on to study for a master’s degree in Midwifery with us.

Reflecting on her time at UCLan, Alison stated her most memorable moments: “My achievements as Chair of UCLan Midwifery Society which resulted in being nominated and winning many awards, including Society of the Year at the UCLan Student Union Awards. For this, I was also a finalist for RCM (Royal College of Midwives) Student Midwife of the Year and Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year.”