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Prestigious award for City midwife

Jennifer Keys judged winner of the Outstanding Student Midwife category in the 2012/13 Cavell Nurses' Trust Scholarship Awards.

by Ben Sawtell

Jennifer Keys, a third year mifwifery student at City was judged the winner of the Outstanding Student Midwife category in the 2012/13 Cavell Nurses' Trust Scholarship Awards. She hopes to travel to India after winning a travel scholarship to the value of £1,500.

Winners were chosen from a shortlist of 22 candidates who had been shortlisted for the five awards and Interviews were carried out by a judging panel made up of prestigious and experienced nursing and midwifery practitioners on February 8 in London.

Loraine Manning, a third year nursing student at City, was also runner-up in the Outstanding Student Nurse category.

Jennifer said: "I was completely shocked and delighted to learn I had won. It felt like an achievement just to be shortlisted so I was very, very surprised to be judged the winner. It is still sinking in.

"The main thing I am looking at with the scholarship is a project in India which was only going to be possible if I won."

Judith Sunderland, Lead Midwife for Education at City University London, said: "The Midwifery Team are delighted that Jenny has been chosen for this prestigious award.  It is a great achievement and very well deserved.  Jenny has been an inspirational student during her time at City university, and she will certainly benefit from the travel opportunities that this award will provide. Jenny is planning to visit both Hyderabad in India and Tanzania to look at maternity services and midwifery education."

Cavell Nurses' Trust, set up in memory of World War 1 nurse Edith Cavell following her execution in 1915, launched the Scholarship Awards last year with the aim of recognising exceptional student nurses and midwives in the UK.

The awards are designed to help nursing and midwifery students at the start of their careers and are open to students currently studying nursing or midwifery on undergraduate/postgraduate or diploma courses at universities in the UK.

Jennifer will be presented with her prize during an awards ceremony at Fishmongers Hall, London, on March 21.

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