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Midwifery lecturer awarded fellowship

Posted: 22 August 2012 by Helen Bird

A senior lecturer in midwifery at the University of Worcester has been awarded a fellowship for excellence in teaching in higher education, becoming one of 50 teachers across the UK to be recognised this year.

Kim Russell
Kim Russell

Kim Russell joins six other colleagues at the university who have previously received a national teaching fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

She originally trained as a midwife at the former Worcester Royal Infirmary and worked as the clinical midwife for 14 years before moving into higher education to teach on the first midwifery degree programme at the university.

‘I am thrilled to have been awarded a national teaching scholarship for my work in developing, researching, mentoring and teaching in midwifery,’ she said.

‘My aim is to prepare students for professional practice and develop their confidence to lead, change and strengthen the midwifery profession.’

As a champion of natural childbirth, Kim develops modules and leads annual conferences on the promotion of normal birth and the politics of maternity care. 

She also helped introduce a new course structure to make lecturers more visible in clinical practice and increase opportunities for one-to-one student support and practice teaching.

Professor David Green, the university’s vice chancellor and chief executive, said: ‘Kim is an inspirational educator of midwives and we are delighted that her work has been recognised by this prestigious national award.