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    Lesley is a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Medical Education and Programme Lead for The MSc in Advanced Fertility Practice Programme at Edge Hill University. Lesley has extensive experience working as a midwife, educator and researcher. Lesley’s research interests have a focus around maternity care and the current area of exploration relates to building bonds and attachment. Research approaches have utilised qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology to explore or test research questions around real life issues in practice. Lesley has presented about research and education locally, nationally and internationally. Her publications span nursing, midwifery, obstetric and paediatric journals. Her research experience informs her role as a reviewer for ‘Midwifery’ and ‘The Advanced Journal of Nursing’.

    Lesley’s research feeds directly into postgraduate medical education and midwifery informing both Pre-Registration and Post Registration teaching, learning and assessment. Lesley currently teaches on the Post-Graduate Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice Programme. Lesley has a background as a Programme Lead in Undergraduate Midwifery Education, External Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and as a reviewer on Research Ethics and Research and Enterprise Committees.

    Lesley is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which enhances her ability to link education and research to clinical practice. Externally, Lesley collaborates with experts in The Liverpool Women’s Hospital, North West Boroughs Health Care Trust and The University of Manchester.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Midwifery Research, PhD, Edge Hill University

    Feb 2017Feb 2018

    Award Date: 1 Feb 2018

    Teaching and Learning, PGCert, Edge Hill University

    1 Feb 200630 Jun 2007

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

    Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, Other, Advance HE

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

    Midwifery, MPhil, University of Central Lancashire

    Jan 2003Jun 2006

    Award Date: 1 May 2006

    Research, MSc, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Oct 2000Jul 2001

    Award Date: 27 Jul 2001

    Other positions

    External Examiner, University of Central Lancashire

    1 Sep 20161 Jun 2020

    External Examiner, Keele University

    1 Jun 20161 Jun 2020

    External Examiner, University of Leeds

    1 Sep 20091 Sep 2013


    • R Medicine
    • Midwifery, Health, Vulnerability
    • L Education

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Groups

    • Children & Young People Research Network


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