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New Head for Cardiff School of Nursing

13 July 2007

Professor Sheila Hunt has been appointed as the new Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies at Cardiff University.

Professor Hunt trained as a nurse and a midwife in Wales and subsequently worked at a number of universities including Cardiff. Most recently she was the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Dundee.

Professor Hunt is a midwife, a nurse, an academic, and also an experienced educator and leader. Her research interests focus on health inequalities, social issues and pregnancy and UK health policy. She is the author of ‘The Social Meaning of Midwifery’, ‘The Midwife in Society’, ‘Challenges in Midwifery Care’ and Pregnant Women Violent Men - What Midwives need to know’. Her most recent book, ‘Pregnancy, Poverty and the Health Professional’ was based on research with childbearing women in the West Midlands.

Professor Hunt also has extensive experience of developing effective interdisciplinary postgraduate education and in developing health and education policy. She has been an elected member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as the midwife (alternate) for Scotland and an elected member of the Royal College of Midwives Council, (Education and Research category).

Professor Hunt said: "I am delighted to be back in Cardiff and especially pleased to be joining such a prestigious world leading university. Cardiff University offers unrivalled opportunities for the development of nursing and midwifery research, education and clinical practice and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead."


Notes to Editors:

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies
The School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies is committed to, and renowned for, excellence in teaching and research. With its outstanding facilities and comprehensive experience in providing unique degree level programmes, the school attracts students from throughout the world.

There are currently more than 1,000 undergraduates, 1,000 part-time students and 128 academic staff. Approximately 300 undergraduates are accepted onto Nursing and Midwifery programmes each year. The school’s staff are internationally renowned in their areas of expertise and ongoing research work has been highly rated in recent national assessments of research quality.

Students are able to undertake degrees in Adult / Child Nursing, Mental Health and Midwifery while others can commit to specialist areas of curricula which include: Clinical Patient Assessment, BSc (Hons) in clinical Practice and MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice.

The School has continued to maintain its reputation not only through the strength of its undergraduate academic practice, but through contribution to research within the fields of Nursing and Midwifery. The Wales Centre for Evidence Based Research and the Joanna Briggs Institute have evolved over the last decade, leading to the development of work and knowledge which contribute to health care provision and how this is experienced by service users.

Further Information:

For further information or for a picture of Professor Hunt please contact:

Stephen Rouse,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University.
029 2087 5596