Call The Midwife thanked for surge in university applications – Daily TV round-up

BBC drama 'Call The Midwife' is being cited for a surge in applications for midwifery courses.

College and university admissions body UCAS has reported an average 16.5% increase last year, with universities backing up the figures.

Call The Midwife... cited for an increase in midwifery applications (Copyright: BBC)

One senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridgeshire said that the show was often mentioned by name in applications.

“Call the Midwife has helped to highlight the profession of midwifery and bring it to the fore in a way that it hadn’t been previously,” said Frances Galloway.

“It has made people more open to considering it as a career in its own entity not just as a part of nursing. And it is its own career so that is very important.”

Heidi Thomas, who wrote the series, said that she has also seen evidence of the surge after speaking to the head of midwifery at Glamorgan University.

“She came over and said 'I run a nursing hospital at a university in Wales and you have made my life extremely difficult',” she said.
 
“She said she used to struggle to fill her midwifery course which has 16 places each year and this year she had almost 1,000 applications for those places.”

The show, which returns on January 20, drew an average audience of 8.7 million viewers last year. [Daily Mail]

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