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Over 400 Health Sciences’ graduates celebrate with award winners at Southampton ceremonies

Published: 18 December 2013

More than 400 Health Sciences students across the Faculty graduated yesterday at ceremonies held in the Turner Sims on the University of Southampton’s Highfield campus.

Achievements included Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Clinical Practice, Master of Science, Postgraduate Diplomas, Diploma with Advanced Studies in Nursing and Bachelor degrees in Nursing, Midwifery and Science.

This year a number of new prizes were awarded to outstanding nursing and midwifery students.  Emily Young, Bachelor of Midwifery graduate, received the Liam Michael Edwards Award for providing high quality care to a family who experienced neonatal loss. 

On receiving the award Emily said: "I am truly touched to have been awarded this prize, not least because of the meaning behind it but also that Liam's name will be remembered.

"It is such a privilege to have undergone training here. Midwifery education develops you not only as a midwife but also as a person and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every single minute of it."

Also receiving an award was Bachelor of Midwifery graduate Kulwant Shari who received The Mary Foss Award for academic achievement throughout her degree education.

Kulwant said of her achievement: "I am extremely honoured to have been chosen for this award and could not have undertaken my training without the full support of my tutors and family who have been with me every step of the way. 

"I hope to be a role model not only for my children but also to other women in my community."

Bachelor of Nursing graduates Rachel Koga and Vanessa Seilo were also awarded prizes. 

Rachel was presented with The Ian Douglas Award for Personal Achievement for demonstrating personal commitment to her education across her programme, and Vanessa was presented with The JMC prize for Clinical Academic potential for demonstrating a commitment to a clinical academic career and high quality dissertation.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's Midwifery Matron, Julia Clark, who attended the prize giving ceremonies, said: "As a midwifery manager it is lovely to see students qualify and then come and work for us.  These Health Sciences graduates are of such high calibre we are always delighted to employ them within our service in Southampton."

Our graduates join the growing alumni community of tens of thousands of Southampton graduates across the world. We wish them all a hugely successful future.

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