School of Community Health and Midwifery

We aim to develop students into solution-focussed individuals who will be well equipped to enable, stimulate and promote health and wellbeing within their communities and beyond.

It is our goal to work in partnership with our students so that they are able to achieve their full potential and in doing so facilitate them to make a difference within the communities in which they serve.

Within an increasing emphasis on integrated care, our courses offer students the opportunity to study from foundation degree level through to postgraduate entry where working as part of the wider team is key to responding to the diverse nature of contemporary health and social care agenda. We offer a rich, stimulating and supportive learning environment that is underpinned through dynamic, high-quality education, research and knowledge transfer.

Key features

  • International opportunities – Students have the opportunity for international travel, to places such as Zambia and Amsterdam. 
  • Real life experience - The Comensus programme (Community Engagement and Service User Support) helps students be the best practitioners they can be, by providing a central hub for co-ordination and facilitation of service users’ involvement in teaching.
  • Award winners – Our Midwifery staff have won a number of awards, including the Royal College of Midwives Johnson’s award for Excellence in Midwifery Education, Learning and Research in 2021.
  • A range of options – We are one of only a few educational institutions with a unique approach to working in the fields of counselling, wellbeing coaching and psychological wellbeing practitioner studies.
  • Specialised degrees – The University is home to the UK’s first ever non-clinical undergraduate specialised degree programme in Sexual Health.

In the community

We are committed to working with our local community to improve health and wellbeing. We hold a number of high profile and very successful conferences as well as supporting local ‘health melas’ (community events).

A number of our staff are internationally renowned and invited to teach at universities across the world, as well as working as editors for a number of professional journals.

Our midwifery team have been shortlisted for both the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management and Nursing Times Awards. Dr Karen Whittaker has also recently been appointed as Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting.

Our facilities

Post-qualifying framework

Our Post-Qualifying Framework offers health and social care practitioners an opportunity to improve patient care through personal, professional and academic development. Credits can also be used to gain the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice qualification.

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