Suzanne is an experienced educator and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a registered midwife and nurse and after working as both she moved into Midwifery Education and contributed to one of the first direct entry undergraduate programmes for Midwifery within the UK and since then has lead many programme developments and approvals . In 2012 she became Academic Head for the Inter professional Curriculum Development Project at Northumbria University which saw the successful approval of Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practitioner and Physiotherapy Programmes at both undergraduate and post graduate level.
Suzanne has extensive quality assurance experience across higher Education in England working as a consultant for the Office for Students and also providing external expertise for a range of pre- registration health programme reviews and approvals. She was the Lead Midwife for Education for 8 years at Northumbria University and during that time acted as a consultant to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the development of the new Education Standards Framework. She has also held a role as University Director of Teaching on Learning and worked on institutional projects to improve employability and the use of data to inform programme review as well as chairing approval and periodic review events.
Suzanne is an ILM level 7 accredited coach and uses those skills to support the development of staff and is experienced in supervision and assessment of teaching and learning projects and accreditation. She has won several small awards to develop teaching and learning with a focus on inter-professional learning and more recently in collaboration with colleagues in humanities exploring the history of midwifery and how that impacts on current professional practice.
Suzanne is currently completing a Doctorate in Business Administration which is a Narrative Inquiry exploring development of identity in newly qualified midwives as they adjust to being an employee as well as a professional. Her research areas are inter professional learning and professional identity with subject expertise in ante natal care and infant feeding. As an Associate Professor she has expertise in;
teaching and learning within Higher Education;
collaborative working with stakeholders such as the NHS and professional and regulatory bodies and ;
leadership of curriculum design co-design and strategic implementation.
She is also Vice Chair of Newcastle Sixth Form College Board of Governors with substantial governance experience in initial and further education.
Suzanne welcomes contact from potential partners.