Professor/Senior Lecturer (Education) in Midwifery

United Kingdom
Oct 11, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

To undertake high quality teaching of Midwifery, for both pre and post registration programmes, engage in scholarly activity, and contribute to the administration as well as outreach activity within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. Candidates are expected to provide academic leadership in the development and delivery of an innovative education programme in the field of Midwifery, undertake significant teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and be expected to develop a personal research programme consistent with their expertise and the themes of the School.



  • Deliver a range of teaching and learning activities within Midwifery, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the School, including lectures, interactive sessions, practicals, and simulation-based activities.
  • Design and develop appropriate courses and teaching materials.
  • Lead in the development of teaching and learning activities of Midwifery by pursuing new and innovative teaching approaches, taking the responsibility for the quality of course units.
  • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.
  • Manage major teaching administrative functions such as accreditation and quality enhancement.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of quality teaching in the area of Midwifery education within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Contribute to the design of innovative teaching programmes.
  • Act as internal and external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate students and programmes.
  • Lead major elements of programme development, including new course structures and curricula.
  • Manage major teaching administrative functions such as accreditation and quality enhancement.
  • Debate nationally about policy methods and practices through publications, conference activity and roles that advance quality.
  • Scholarly Activity: Engage in scholarly activity e.g. conference paper presentations, external funding secured, book reviews published, writing practice manuals, publication of professional materials which may include recognised professional practice, pedagogic and practitioner research or other creative output) that will enhance the School’s national / international reputation (Senior Lecturer (Education)).
  • Plan and lead scholarly activities of outstanding quality and national/international repute in Midwifery Education (Professor (Education)). Develop and enhance links with relevant professional bodies and other providers of professional legal education to ensure that teaching reflects current best practice.
  • Contribute and lead on major funding bids which develop and sustain pedagogical or scholarly research, educational development, knowledge transfer or outreach activity, as appropriate to subject and advance the reputation of the School and the University. Maintain and develop teaching and subject expertise. Engage in pedagogic and practitioner research and other scholarly activities and work in conjunction with others to apply subject knowledge to practice of the subject.
  • Secure pedagogical or scholarly publications in high quality, internationally recognised journals contributing to the conceptual and/or practical development of the discipline which further develop an already sustained individual and team reputation in Midwifery.
  • Supervise students in MPH, MSc and PhD programmes, and supervise and mentor staff.

Administration/Contribution to the Community:

  • Contribute significantly to the development and running of the School/area by taking on appropriate School co-ordinating roles.
  • Act as mentor or appraiser to colleagues, including Teaching Assistants, advising on their personal development and ensuring that they are meeting the standards required.
  • Provide pastoral care for students within their supervision to ensure, as far as practicable, that relevant issues are dealt with in a timely, sympathetic and effective manner.
  • Assume responsibility for a significant management/leadership role which contributes significantly to the development and running of the School.
  • Contribute to relevant professional bodies; engage in consultancy for industry and community organisations.
  • Sit on appropriate University Committees.

Planning and Organising:

  • Plan and manage own teaching and tutorials as agreed with Head of School.
  • Design/update modules in line with School’s teaching strategy. Plan for the use of teaching resources as appropriate including the use of external tutors.
  • Manage projects relating to own area of work.
  • Contribute to the management of quality, audit and other external assessments.
  • Be involved in strategic planning for the School.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Manage own teaching and administrative demands as required.
  • Act as adviser for trainees and mentor for less experienced colleagues.
  • Provide academic leadership; develop and manage staff and resources in support of major teaching and administrative duties
  • and contribute to the overall management of the School.
  • Act as mentor for students.
  • Act as a mentor to peers and colleagues.
  • Contribute to the overall management of the School/work unit, in areas such as budget and business planning.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Maintain and develop links with relevant professional bodies and external networks to market the School, generate income, obtain consultancy projects, or build relationships for future activities.
  • Lead and develop internal networks, e.g. by chairing and participating in institutional committee/s, lead and develop external networks e.g, with external examiners and assessors and develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers, and professional bodies to foster collaboration. A member of the School Board and Examination Board and such committees relevant to their administrative duties.
  • Collaborate with other staff within the School and the University.





  • Higher degree (Masters or equivalent in a relevant subject area).
  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • Current registration status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Midwife or processing qualification required for such registration.
  • Sustained record of peer-reviewed publications contributing to the conceptual and/or practical development of pedagogy or the discipline, consistent with a national and emerging international reputation.
  • Significant experience and established reputation of teaching and designing courses at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level in higher education.
  • Evidence of successfully managing and leading significant developments in teaching. Contribution to a wider range of community outreach programmes/initiatives in designing and delivering innovative new programmes.
  • Sustained record of obtaining external funding for pedagogical or scholarly research, educational development, knowledge transfer or outreach activity, as appropriate to subject area.
  • Contribution to a wider range of administrative tasks at a more strategic level.
  • Experience in managing staff and/or resources and of leading activities which contribute to the reputation or development of the organisation. Evidence of productive external collaboration.
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to impart complex information concisely and clearly.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to liaise with and mentor trainees and colleagues.
  • Ability to encourage commitment to learn in others.



  • Completion of PGCHET.
  • Experience in all areas of midwifery clinical practice including perinatal mental health.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary collaboration with both academia and industry.
  • Involvement with and/or organisation of national and international conferences.
  • Contribution to and development of a wider range of community outreach programmes/initiatives.
  • Evidence of innovation in nursing care or health service development. (Professor (Education).