Dr Susanne Darra
Associate Professor – Programme Director for Health & Social Care
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8569
Room: Academic Office - 35
Ground Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

I am an Associate Professor in the College of Human and Health Sciences. I worked as a midwife from 1983 to 1999 and since then I have been a university lecturer with a special interest in social science research. Throughout my career my abiding aim has always been to contribute positively to the wellbeing of the public and I continually strive to build bridges between education and the world of work. I also aim to empower students to become excellent contributors to society and to become leaders in their field to challenge received wisdom and utilise their hard-won knowledge for the benefit of the wider community.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am currently working in the broad area of Social Sciences. I research, publish and present findings from several strands of my work in relation to education, clinical supervision, workplace learning, and young families.


  1. Coping, Help and Coherence: a non-dichotomous theory for childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery 16(2), 44-49.
  2. Consideration of a non-dichotomous conceptual framework of childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery 16(1), 29-34.
  3. & Midwifery Lecturers' views of shortened midwifery programmes in the UK. Evidence Based Midwifery 15(3), 76-82.
  4. & From a rabbit in the headlights to a confident user of research evidence.. The Practising Midwife 20(7), 20-22.
  5. & Coping and Help in Birth: An investigation into ‘normal’ childbirth as described by new mothers and their attending midwives. Midwifery

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  • PPS103 Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society

    This module supports students to develop their social curiosity and will explore contemporary issues in society related to equality, discrimination and oppression. It will focus on UK society but will also include European and global perspectives. It will refer to theoretical perspectives to explore causes and effects of unequal life-chances and how these can be minimised by anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

  • PPS110 Employability and Work Experience

    This module is designed to ensure students are able to adjust to the future demands of employment in the field, by raising awareness of the skills necessary for both effective, independent study at this level and subsequent successful employment. The module will encourage learners to draw on the theory and practice of other modules studied.

  • PPS212 Working in the Health and Social Care Sector

    The module will enable students to build upon the employability and research skills explored previously on the foundation degree and to continue their professional development by producing a personalised placement record linked to their identified employability competencies. The module will also enable students to further develop their higher level and problem solving skills preparing them to take a lead in developing new thinking around an identified issue within the workplace.

  • PPS308 Dissertation

    This module will build on research understanding attained in years one and two and will further contextualise theoretical and practical knowledge related to health and social care. The module will support students to retrieve, analyse and synthesise extensive background literature (literature review) to inform their selected research question. It will also support students to present a fully developed research proposal arising from the literature review.

  • SHH300 Dissertation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop a research proposal relevant for research in health and social care.

  • SHHM25 Public Health and Lifelong Learning for Physician's Associates

    This module is only available to students on the MSc Physician Associate Studies. The module combines practice learning with the development of new knowledge in a way that enables students to become reflective practitioners.

  • SHHM55 Introduction to Research, Evidence based Practice and Reflection for Physicians Associates

    This module will be a compulsory module within the MSc / Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Physician¿s Associate Studies and reflects compulsory curriculum content. The module aims to introduce students to the main research paradigms including the principles of research, and the ability to appraise research to provide an evidence base for their personal practice. Students will also be introduced to reflective practice and its value in enabling reflection on clinical learning and the development of clinical competence.

  • SHM100 Academic writing for Health & Social Care

    This module prepares students for studying at degree level. Students are supported to work and learn together in a community of practice at the level required in Higher Education. They are encouraged to develop a questioning approach, to structure an argument, to write academically and to avoid plagiarism.

  • SHM122 Bioscience for Midwifery

    This module will introduce the student to the structure and function of the human body and to the anatomical and physiological changes that occur throughout childbearing and the key principles of drug administration and infection control.

  • SHM125 Foundations for Midwifery Practice

    This module will introduce the student to the practice of midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in a variety of maternity settings.

  • SHM247 Study Skills for Midwifery - Short Programme

    This module will reintroduce the student to the skills of reflection and the conventions of essay writing at undergraduate level.

  • SHM326 Evidence Based Midwifery

    This module supports student midwives to build on the knowledge gained in their education to date, in order to develop their clinical and theoretical knowledge further It incorporates the development of skills of critically analyzing the use of evidence for clinical practice. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM329 Effective Midwifery Practice

    This module will continue to develop the student¿s practical skills in midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in midwifery and other health care settings.

  • SHMM00 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives

    The aim of the module is to develop the expertise of the student to be able to meet the required standard of competence and knowledge to practice effectively as a Supervisor of midwives.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

Administrative Responsibilities

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
April 2016 Present Associate Professor Health & Social Care Swansea University
2009 2016 Head of Midwifery Education Swansea University
August 2009 April 2016 Associate Professor, Lead Midwife for Education Swansea University
1999 2009 Midwifery Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer Swansea University
1983 1999 Midwife in various roles Swansea

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, London City University

    2017 - Present

  • Task Force Member for Clinical Supervision, Midwives in Wales

    2017 - Present

  • Regular reviewer, ‘Midwifery’ and ‘Nurse Education Today’

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

    Directorate of Women’s Health Research Forum

  • All Wales Midwifery & Reproductive Health Research Forum

    An all-Wales forum with representation from across the Principality