Nina Whittle

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Nina is a part-time senior lecturer in Midwifery at Anglia Ruskin University, with an interest in normal and high dependency midwifery care and Anatomy and Physiology of child bearing.

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Nina completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing in 1992 and worked predominantly in gynaecological nursing prior to studying to become a Midwife in 1995. She has worked as a community midwife, a team midwife in obstetric and midwife led units and as a clinical risk management Midwife. She has undertaken clinical audits addressing timing and outcomes of induction of labour and continues to practice clinically.

Nina has experience in Midwifery Education since 2006. As a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery she has been responsible for leading and teaching on a number of undergraduate midwifery modules and has taught on the post-graduate Neonatal Initial Physical Examination Module. Nina links to students and practitioners, supporting students in practice.

Research interests

The experience of facilitative learning of anatomy and physiology by Undergraduate Student Midwives (2009): This study investigated the effectiveness of a facilitative learning approach for anatomy and physiology for student midwives. The study identified that many students questioned found this approach to learning interesting and exciting and gave them ideas for their own summative study methods, particularly when a relevance to midwifery practice was maintained.

Nina is concerned about how midwives may promote a normal birth experience for women with medical needs.

She's also interested in researching how students can use technology to facilitate their learning.


Nina teaches at Anglia Ruskin University on the undergraduate B.Sc. Midwifery Course. She is a module Tutor for the module: Medical Challenges in Midwifery Care and also lectures on the postgraduate Neonatal Initial Physical Examination Course.


  • MA Learning & Teaching  (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Education (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Diploma Higher Education Midwifery (Middlesex University)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (King’s College, London)
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • NMC Registered Teacher.
  • ENB N96 Examination of the Newborn. (NIPE)
  • ENB 920 Principles of High Dependancy Nursing Care
  • ENB 997 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member Royal College of Midwives

Selected recent publications

Smethurst, N. (Whittle N) and McDonald, S. (2009). Learning for the exam. Community Practitioner August. Vol 82, No.8, pp 34-35.