Miss Emilie Edwards


Miss Emilie Edwards
NameMiss Emilie Edwards
Job titleSenior Lecturer in Midwifery
Research institute
Primary appointmentAdult, Child & Midwifery
Email addressE.Edwards@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0009-9466-0889
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Emilie completed her MSc in Neuroscience in France in 2012 and worked as an optometrist before coming back to the UK to train as a midwife. She previously worked as an Independent Midwife across London and Greater London and as a part-time lecturer in another London university. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and SFHEA.

As an autistic healthcare professional and Midwifery lecturer, Emilie is a strong advocate for neurodivergent students at Middlesex University. Having encountered numerous barriers as a neurodivergent learner and professional, she aspires to being a role model for students. By ensuring that each student’s learning needs are understood, and their strengths harnessed, Emilie’s innovative work is a paradigm of how the University leads in equality, diversity, and inclusion, using creativity to make a transformative impact on the experience of our diverse student body. In engaging with students guided by our principles of openness and transparency, Emilie believes that all learners potential should be explored to succeed academically and professionally.

With the expansion of blended learning, Emilie’s objective has been to continuously create accessible and innovative teaching materials that inspire and engage students. She has combined her love of technology and midwifery to develop innovative tools to improve student engagement.

Teaching

Module leader MWY3102 and MWY3103

Programme leader BSc Midwifery Top-Up

Education and qualifications

Grants

Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Increasing Retention (RePAIR) programme- enhancing our understanding and supporting our neurodivergent students’ experience.
15 Jun 2023
RePAir programme
Serious gaming for teaching communication skills in Midwifery Education
10 Apr 2022
Middlesex Enhancing Education Award
Iolanthe Midwives award
04 May 2023
Iolanthe Midwifery Trust
HSCE HEIF and KE
09 Oct 2023

Prizes and Awards

MDXSU Accessible Education Award

2022-03-24

Middlesex SU

Educator of the Year

2022-05-27

Student Nursing Times Award

Excellence in Midwifery for Leadership

2023-05-19

Royal College of Midwives

Extra Mile Award

2020-05-15

Greenwich University Student Led Teaching Awards

Research outputs

Neurodivergence acceptance in midwifery education - Toolkit

Edwards, E., Handley-Stone, R., Richards, K. and Porter, N. 2024. Neurodivergence acceptance in midwifery education - Toolkit . Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference 2024. Liverpool, UK 08 - 09 May 2024

Supporting autistic midwifery students: fostering inclusion and empowerment

Edwards, E. 2023. Supporting autistic midwifery students: fostering inclusion and empowerment. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest. 33 (4), pp. 302-304.

Neurodivergence awareness in midwifery education

Edwards, E. 2023. Neurodivergence awareness in midwifery education. Student Midwife Conference 2023: Working together and learning together. Doncaster, UK 21 - 21 Nov 2023

How can we create accessible and inclusive learning environments for neurodivergent students?

Edwards, E. 2023. How can we create accessible and inclusive learning environments for neurodivergent students? THE Campus.

Using digital branching scenario technology in midwifery education

Edwards, E. and Parsons, R. 2023. Using digital branching scenario technology in midwifery education. 7th EMA Education Conference - Midwifery Education in the Future . Athens, Greece 26 - 29 Oct 2023 pp. 114 https://doi.org/10.18332/ejm/172193

Using digital technology: Educating midwives about neurodiversity

Edwards, E., Smith, M. and Bower, H. 2023. Using digital technology: Educating midwives about neurodiversity. 7th EMA Education Conference - Midwifery Education in the Future . Athens, Greece 26 - 29 Oct 2023 pp. 12 https://doi.org/10.18332/ejm/171948

THE Awards spotlight: Most Innovative Teacher of the Year - Lessons learned: What makes an effective university teacher?

Allsop, C., Buchanan, B., Warren, R. and Edwards, E. THE Awards spotlight: Most Innovative Teacher of the Year - Lessons learned: What makes an effective university teacher? THE Campus Live UK&IE 2023. Liverpool, UK 06 - 07 Dec 2023

Neurodivergence awareness in midwifery education

Edwards, E. Neurodivergence awareness in midwifery education. Royal College of Midwives Student Midwives Conference 2023. Doncaster, UK 21 - 21 Nov 2023

Supporting neurodivergent midwives in the workplace

Edwards, E., Smith, M., Fischer-Jenkins, K., Williams, H., Brown, S., Powell, S. and Marsh, H. Supporting neurodivergent midwives in the workplace. CNO Conference 2023. Cardiff, UK 13 - 13 Oct 2023

Neurodiversity and education

Edwards, E. 2023. Neurodiversity and education. Royal College of Midwives Education and Research Conference 2023. Birmingham, UK 27 - 28 Mar 2023

Neurodiversity in the workplace

Edwards, E. Neurodiversity in the workplace. Royal College of Midwives.

Human rights in childbearing 3. Providing sensitive antenatal care for autistic women and birthing people

Rayner, S., Porter, N. and Edwards, E. 2022. Human rights in childbearing 3. Providing sensitive antenatal care for autistic women and birthing people. The Practising Midwife. 25 (10), pp. 14-17. https://doi.org/10.55975/BRWP4714

How can midwives and educators better understand, teach and support neurodivergent students?

Edwards, E., Rayner, S. and Porter, N. 2022. How can midwives and educators better understand, teach and support neurodivergent students? The Practising Midwife. 25 (8), pp. 32-34. https://doi.org/10.55975/WSQA8919
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