How I enrolled to study at RGU via late applications


Kayleigh graduated from RGU in the early 2000s but recently decided to study again and went through the late applications process to secure a place in our Midwifery course.

Hear about her decision to get back to university as a mum of four and the process of applying after the UCAS deadline.

Why I decided to go back to RGU

Kayleigh Maslyn

This isn’t my first undergraduate course at RGU. I attended here in 2003 to study a BSc (Hons) in Children’s nursing. I worked for six years in the High Dependency Unit at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital before I became a paediatric diabetes specialist nurse for two years.

During my last post, I became pregnant with twins and with three young children at home and a husband who worked away for months at a time, going back to nursing was unfortunately not on the cards for me anymore.

After having baby number four and my husband now working from home, I realised that this was my time to get back into a career in care.

I had always harboured a love of midwifery after a placement I had during my nursing training. As a mum of four, I’d had lots of contact with maternity services, particularly due to having a slightly more complicated twin pregnancy.

I knew first-hand the positive effect of good midwifery care but also, how insensitive interactions can harm a woman at her most vulnerable. After a final push from my friend who was at the end of her first year of midwifery, I decided to apply to RGU.

The late applications process

In all honesty, I wasn’t aware that I was applying after the UCAS deadline. I just had a feeling in my bones that now was the time to pursue something that I knew I would love and that I might be good at.

After looking at the course details online and expressing an interest via email, I was invited to an online meeting with the Course Leader to discuss the requirements and expectations of the course. I completed my personal statement after that call and submitted it to UCAS. I was invited to interview within a few days.

The process was so simple and RGU supported me every step of the way. I’m now nearly at the end of my second year of midwifery and love it!

Studying at RGU

Having been at RGU before, I knew their ethos around supporting and empowering their students to take an active role in their own learning and encouraging them to develop into excellent care providers. A large amount of study is online which works well for me due to having a busy family life. This course takes dedication, time, effort, planning and passion and if you have those things, you will go far.

I enjoy the academic and practical aspects of this course. The University has supported me wonderfully and I have loved every placement area I have been in. I’ve always been made to feel welcome, and I’ve been lucky to have incredible mentors who have always supported and encouraged me. Caring for people throughout their pregnancy journey and facilitating the birth and care of babies has been an absolute privilege.

After I left nursing, I never thought I would go back to university but sometimes circumstances just lead you down a path you’d never have expected. By the time I qualify, I’ll be on the scary side of 39 but they do say that life begins at 40…

Kayleigh Maslyn

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