BiographyI am a Lecturer, in the School of Allied Health Professions & Midwifery, having joined the University in 2001 as a midwifery lecturer. I am Programme Lead for the Pre-Registration BSc & MSc in Midwifery Studies, which in 2016 was one of only 3 programmes in the UK to offer a direct pre-registration master’s (level 7) route to midwifery practice.
My research interests have focused around student learning including the use of portfolios. I was pivotal in the development, integration and utilisation of a suite of marking and grading rubrics for the Faculty of Health Studies which continues to facilitate an equal structure and commonality in student assessment. My PhD topic remains with this theme but from the perspective of the lecturer, charged with using such tools to undertake effective evaluation, identifying student success and progress in an assessment task. The focus of this research was to demystify the assessment process itself, to facilitate the use of marking and grading tools, evaluating performance at an assessment task and to develop useful feedback for the student. To date my research interests continue to be focused student assessment considering the many different perspectives and the varied elements of what is a complex process.
Prior to a career in education I practised as a community midwife, and then undertaking the post of midwifery team leader, managing 3 diverse teams of midwives in a busy NHS Trust.