Dr Sue Way – National Teaching Fellow

Colleagues, I  am sure you will join me in congratulating Dr Sue Way, Associate Professor of Midwifery in HSS, who has been awarded a prestigous National Teaching Fellowship. Below I have extracted the AdvanceHE information. CEL run annual calls and run events for staff interested in applying for an NTF, please get on touch with Prof Debbie Holley or Prof Stephen Tee, the other two NTFs here at BU if you ar einterested, and watch the CEL blog for details of events.

Dr Sue Way – National Teaching Fellow

Associate Professor of Midwifery in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University Dr Susan Way is She is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives. She started her career as a Midwife and after achieving a teaching qualification taught undergraduate student midwives.

Susan was passionate about bringing her clinical practice experience into the classroom and it was at this point she realised the importance of developing strategies to aid students in their application of theory to practice. One way of achieving this was by writing a short book that underpinned the theory of a variety of important midwifery clinical skills.

Impact of work

After working for several years in a university environment she gained a secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the regulatory body for nurses and midwives. As the Midwifery Education Advisor she was instrumental in the development of the first publication of the NMC midwifery education standards. Susan later secured a full time roll in the organisation and during this time led the project to publish a revised version following a significant public consultation.

On returning to the university, she was appointed as the Lead Midwife for Education where she had a significant leadership role in the development, delivery and quality assurance of undergraduate midwifery education. Applying theory to practice in a meaningful way was still important to her and she led two projects implementing student-led clinics that are now having a significant positive impact on student learning.

Plans for the future

Susan has secured two co-funded PhD studentships to research the clinics, particularly regarding how this innovative learning environment is viewed by the students. She takes every opportunity to raise the profile of midwifery education and have served as the Chair of the Lead Midwife for Education UK Executive and as the Chair of the Royal College of Midwives Board.

Being a midwife and an academic has enabled her to combine the two professions she is passionate about. She will continue to use this to enhance the student learning experience that ultimately benefits the care women and their babies receive.

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One Response to “Dr Sue Way – National Teaching Fellow”

  1. Luisa Cescutti-Butler's avatar Luisa Cescutti-Butler

    Congratulations Sue, a well earned accolade. You are an excellent role model for women academics at BU.


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