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Iolanthe Midwifery Trust launches new Dora Opoku Awards for BAME applicants

The Trust has launched its call for applications for two new awards for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) midwives and students.

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust has launched its call for applications for two new awards for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) midwives and students.  The two new awards are the Dora Opoku (BAME) Midwives Award and the Dora Opoku (BAME) Student Award.

Dora Opoku OBE (1948-2010) was Head of Midwifery at City, University of London from 1995 until her retirement in 2010. Dora was a leading figure in the development of midwifery education in London. She chaired the East London and The City Research Ethics Committee and was appointed OBE in recognition of services to midwifery education. Dora is also recognised as one of City's Extraordinary Women who have been ready to try, to challenge and to lead; making life better for others and pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished.

Read a tribute to Dora from City's Department of Midwifery.

The Awards

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust is a charity which aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research.

The Trust recognises that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) midwives have an enormous range and depth of skills, wisdom and talent which is not always fully supported within UK health care. As part of their developing diversity and inclusion policy the Trustees recognise that there are few ethnically diverse applicants for the awards and wish to take a step towards redressing the balance. They are therefore pleased to announce the Iolanthe Dora Opoku (BAME) Midwives Award of £1,500 and the Iolanthe Dora Opoku (BAME) Student Award of £1,000 being offered for the first time in 2019.

Chair of Trustees at the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, Sheena Byrom OBE said:

We are delighted that the awards are to be named the Dora Opoku Awards, after an inspirational midwife who was appointed an OBE for her services to midwifery education. We are grateful to her family for their permission to use her name.

How to apply

Applications can be made online at www.iolanthe.org/apply

Deadline 

The call for applications for all 2019 Iolanthe awards is open until Thursday 31st January 2019.

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