The Gordon Bourne Bursaries: Middlesex Masonic Charity supporting student midwives.

Judith Sunderland, Programme Manager, Midwifery, and W. Bro. David Chambers, Correspondent Trustee MMC, sign a Gift Agreement between City, University of London and the Middlesex Masonic Charity to provide bursaries for midwifery students


The Trustees of the Middlesex Masonic Charity have for some time been considering how best to honour the memory of R W Gordon Bourne, PProPGM, the Mason who brought the charity into being after the 1998 Festival.

As an obstetrician and expert on childbirth R W Bro Bourne was renowned in the field of ante and postnatal care so the Trustees decided it would be most appropriate to support students of that valuable profession.

The City, University of London, new home of the old Barts Nursing School, was delighted that the Middlesex Masonic Charity agreed to provide financial support to City’s Division of Midwifery by way of bursaries to second and third year midwifery students.

The bursaries are named ‘The Gordon Bourne Bursaries’ in honour of our Past Pro Provincial Grand Master.

On signing the agreement Mrs Sutherland said the bursaries will make a considerable difference to midwifery students at City, who are facing increasing financial burdens after the NHS abolished government bursaries leaving students reliant on the student loan system and the subsequent debt.

The University will select and announce the recipients of the bursaries in early Autumn and provide MMC with further reports as to their progress

About the Division of Midwifery at City, University of London –

City, University of London has over 120 years’ experience educating midwives, having previously been known as the St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery and as it is now, within City’s School of Health Sciences.

Ranking 2nd in London for midwifery education by the 2018 Guardian League Table, City offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at pre and post-registration levels, as well as an extensive portfolio of training courses for workforce development.

Passionate academics are made up of registered midwives with a diverse range of experience over many specialist areas within the midwifery profession, with many actively involved in research.

See – www.city.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate/midwifery

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