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Published: 20 February 2023

University of Surrey midwife celebrated with prestigious Fellowship

A prestigious Fellowship from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been awarded to Dr Alison Callwood from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, in recognition of her significant contribution to the profession. 

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Dr Callwood is one of a small number of midwives awarded a RCM Fellowship which celebrates individual midwives who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research. 

Commenting on her award, Dr Alison Callwood, said:  

“I am delighted that my work has been recognised in this way. Ensuring that our healthcare workforce represents societal diversity so that we are better able to meet every individual’s needs is a pressing priority.” 

As a registered midwife for nearly 30 years, Dr Callwood has been at the forefront of teaching the next generation of midwives in both the UK and Malawi. Joining the University of Surrey in 2001, Dr Callwood completed her PhD in 2015. She has been awarded multiple grants from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is now actively engaged in post-doctoral research exploring how fairness can be optimised in admissions to health professions’ education programmes. Her recent work includes exploring the impact artificial intelligence can bring to recruitment/admissions and how the interface between technology and people might be softened to facilitate equity, inclusivity, and diversity. 

Professor Paul Townsend, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, said:  

“Congratulations to Alison on this prestigious accolade which is recognition of her hard work and dedication to midwifery. I am very proud to have her on our team and look forward to seeing what she achieves in 2023.” 

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