Sarah Purdy


I am a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and the Course Lead for pre-registration midwifery programmes. In my role as Course Lead, I work with colleagues to guarantee all the Kingston University pre-registration midwifery programmes provide an excellent learning experience for students and fulfil the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for midwifery education. I work closely with our partners from clinical practice to support student midwives in their learning and to ensure they have the best possible preparation for a successful midwifery career.

In my education role, I lead and contribute to a range of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My particular interests are; midwifery leadership, clinical decision-making, intrapartum care, including fetal monitoring and midwifery autonomy.

Prior to moving into full-time midwifery education in 2013, I spent twenty-four years as a midwife in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational roles within the NHS. I also practiced as an independent midwife for a number of years.

In my role as an external examiner at the University of Bradford, I am able to actively participate in the sharing of best educational practice and contribute to the inter-university quality assurance process.

Academic responsibilities

Course Lead, Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes


  • Registered Midwife
  • MA Midwifery
  • PG Certificate in Learning & Teaching in HE
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Registered Nurse

Teaching and learning


I am currently undertaking a professional doctorate in midwifery. My area of interest is the way in which midwives use their knowledge and dexterity to provide expert care.