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University of Worcester Midwifery Lecturer Awarded Prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

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

Kim Russell joins six other colleagues at the University of Worcester who have previously received a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

Kim 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 of Worcester.

“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 child birth, 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: “The award of a National Teaching Fellowship to Kim Russell is a deserved accolade for her outstanding teaching over many years. Kim is an inspirational educator of midwives and we are delighted that hew work has been recognised by this prestigious national award.

“The team at Worcester is known for its very high quality and the award of this ‘OSCAR’ for university education will provide further opportunity to set still higher standards.”

Professor Green added: “We now have seven members of the University’s staff to be selected for one of these prestigious awards of which no more than 50 are made in the entire country in any one year. So many awards in a single university is very rare and reflects the University’s success in achieving its aim of being a truly outstanding university at which to study.”