Dr. Janet HirstJanet is Head of the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds and an Associate Professor in Maternal Care. She has a background in nursing, midwifery and a strong academic grounding (applied to health) having held posts within the NHS, applied research units and higher education.

Her research, scholarship and educational activities centre on maternity services, midwifery and quality of maternal care nationally, in Europe and Indonesia.

Janet also has a track record in developing research capacity amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students having led implementation of research led curricular for pre-registration midwifery and innovative MSc in Clinical Research Methods across healthcare professions.

Janet has a strong sense of equality and inclusion and better career pathways for all. Janet is a representative of the Council of Deans of Health and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.