Nicky Clark

Senior Lecturer, Lead Midwife for Education, Subject Head of Midwifery and Child, and Deputy Admissions Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Health and Social Work

+44 (0) 1482 464621

Nicky initially trained as a registered nurse and has been in higher education since 1990 after undertaking the Advanced Diploma in Midwifery and the Certificate in the Education of Adults.

She worked at the universities of East Anglia and Nottingham before joining the University of Hull in 1997, becoming Lead Midwife for Education in 2008.

Nicky is the chair of the Lead Midwives for Education Strategic Reference Group and has worked with Health Education England.

She is working with the Council of Deans for Health on the future midwife and with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the new pre-registration standards for midwifery education.


Research Interests

  • Resilience, and self compassion in student midwives

Research groups

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council - QA reviewer; member of the thought leadership group and future midwife sponsoring board
  • Council of Deans for Health - working on a paper for the 2030 future midwife
  • Lifestyle marketing - member of the editorial board for 'Emma's Diary' and consultant editor for Mum & Baby academy (CPD for HC professionals)
  • Lead Midwife for Education strategic reference and executive group - chair
  • Royal College of Midwives - member of planning commitee for European conference


Dunn, N.J. & Newton, C. (2000) ’The Scope of professional practice', in, Fraser, D. (ed) Professional Studies for Midwifery Practice, Churchill Livingstone, London.

Buckley, R.E. & Dunn, N.J (2000) ’Delivering Quality in Midwifery practice and education’, in, Fraser, D (ed) Professional Studies for Midwifery Practice, Churchill Livingstone, London.

Nicky Clark & Carol Paeglis (2015) 'To Be a Midwife', in: Lewis, L (ed.) Fundamentals of Midwifery, Sage-Wiley.

Julie Jomeen & Nicky Clark (2015) 'Perinatal Mental Health', in: Lewis, L (ed.) Fundamentals of Midwifery, Sage-Wiley.

Darra, S & Clark, N (awaiting publication in Evidence-based Practice)



Programmes taught on (2019)

Research PhDs

Involved in the supervision of students undertaking postgraduate study.


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the HEA

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • RM
  • RGN
  • ADM
  • Cert Ed (of Adults)
  • MA

External roles

  • Chair of the UK LME executive group and the NMC/LME strategic reference group
  • Member of the main task force and co-chair of the education workstream for Health Education England developing the new model of supervision in midwifery
  • Member of the thought leadership group (midwifery) at the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Member of the future midwifery sponsorship board at the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Member of the 'Future Midwife' group at the Council of Deans for Health
  • NMC QA reviewer, undertaking educational monitoring events, and programme approvals
  • On the editorial board for Emma's Diary - a book given to all pregnant women
  • Consultant editor for Mum & Baby which produces CPD modules for healthcare professionals

Professional highlights

  • Part of an international external review team undertaking institutional audit and review in Croatia
  • Undertaken international programme approvals as an expert panel member in Greece and Malaysia
  • Worked with Yangzhou University developing a dual award in nursing
  • Worked with Sultan Qaboos University Hospital developing a PGDip in Midwifery Studies for Omani students at the University of Hull