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Meet the team

Karen Barker

Midwifery Senior Lecturer/ Midwifery Masters lead

I have been a nurse and midwife for over 37 years working predominantly in the Greater Manchester area and a senior labour floor midwife in Salford. Since 1999 I have worked in education teaching pre and post registration Midwifery students. I have a Masters degree in medical ethics and my teaching areas of expertise are practice and professional issues. I am a board member for the British Journal of Midwifery and a panellist for the Nursing and Midwifery council.

Outside of work I like entertaining, trying lots of new recipes and cake decorating. I go to the gym most days and enjoy swimming then home to watch a box set.

Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps

Midwifery Senior Lecturer

Hi. My name is Fiona MacVane Phipps. I am a midwife by vocation, a Master of Medical Science by education, a Doctor of Philosophy by research and a writer by aspiration. I love all types of writing and editing from poetry, to research articles, from children’s literature to student theses. My aim as part of NM Write Now is to help you develop a love of writing too! If that sounds far off the mark, then I can at least give you some tips on how to develop a competent academic writing style at MSc level. Happy writing!

Jen Earl

Academic Support Librarian

I love being a librarian, teaching students to unlock the world of information and finding the best evidence to help research and study. I have worked at Salford for 24 years and been the librarian for Midwifery, Social Work and Counselling since 2013 and enjoy keeping up-to-date in such a fast moving area with its own unique challenges and rewards. I have a particular interest in teaching using technology and making the most of the mobile access to information and online resources.
Away from work, I love being outdoors- walking, running, exploring new places- anything away from a computer! I also help out at a weight loss club which is great fun and so rewarding to see members transform themselves along their journeys to a healthier lifestyle.

Dr Emma Gillaspy

Digital Teaching & Learning Manager

I am passionate about helping people with their professional and career development. I have a particular interest in developing academics and students in their use of social and digital media. Other areas of interest include coaching, communication and personal effectiveness. Before moving into the field of academic development, I worked in the NHS as an information scientist and a clinical molecular geneticist following graduation from my PhD studying the genetics of osteoarthritis. I like to unwind by playing with my family, socialising with friends, watching rugby, going to live gigs and reading or watching sci-fi. As you can see, variety is the spice of life in both my work and play!