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Bradford Student wins Higher Education Academy essay prize

27 May 09

Amy Cowling, 26, a second year Midwifery student at the University of Bradford has come third in an essay competition for health students.

The competition, run by The Higher Education Academy, asked students from universities across the UK to apply for the competition related to their subject areas of study. Amy's essay entitled:  'What is your experience of using technology as part of your learning process?'- detailed the range of technologies that she has used in clinical practice and during her course at the University.

These technologies included the use of an e-portfolio to reflect on her clinical practice experiences. The tool provides a permanent record of how Amy met the Nursing the Midwifery Council competencies and how this tool will allow her to draw on those experiences at a later date.

Her assignment also spoke in depth about a 'Lifelong Learning' module on the course. The module allows her and other students to build up a three year record of evidence of study, from year one to graduate status. The module which contributes to her degree included interactive blogs, pictures and a Wiki discussion area with other students studying the course. The Wiki enables student to maintain their learning and sharing when separated by time on clinical placements.

Head Midwifery and Woman's Health at the University, Julia Pansini-Murrell, said: "The Division of Midwifery and Reproductive Health are delighted with this award for Amy - coming third in an extensive national field of entries is a real achievement. It shows how she must have expressed her knowledge, provided perceptive observations and new insight into how the everyday items can help learning, which frequent users often forget."

27 May 09

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