A RECENTLY graduated midwife from Wadebridge has been hailed as an outstanding ambassador of excellence and has received an award recognising her commitment and achievement despite facing difficult personal challenges.
Laura Scott, 31, received a first-class honours in her BMid degree and was presented with the Myfanwy McAteer award at Swansea University's winter degree and award congregations at Swansea's Grand Theatre.
Mrs Scott worked for several years as a nanny in a bid to gain more life experience to better equip herself for a career as a midwife.
She moved to Wales when her husband, who is in the Armed Forces, was posted there, and enrolled at the university to study midwifery.
However, the month before she started the course, in 2009, her mother suddenly died. Despite this and also having to contend with her husband doing two extended tours of duty in Afghanistan, Mrs Scott threw herself into her work. Her dedication and hard work paid off and she excelled in her practice placements and work.
Susanne Darra, head of midwifery education at Swansea University said: "As midwifery is a very practical and personal profession it is important to note that Laura has often been commended for her communication skills and commitment to the client care."
"Despite facing some difficult personal challenges, Laura has always remained optimistic and has worked extremely hard to improve her work. The fact that she has not only achieved a first-class honours degree but is also the recipient of the Myfanwy McAteer award for 2013 is testament to her commitment, dedication and personal achievement during her time at Swansea University."
Mrs Scott said: "I have looked forward to graduating so much but receiving the Myfanwy McAteer was a complete surprise.
"I found out I had the award the day before I was due to start my new job. I was absolutely ecstatic and feel very honoured to receive it.
"I am now working as a midwife in the Royal Berkshire Hospital and I look forward to building up my experience and having a long career."