The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre

An exciting new collaboration between Birmingham City University (BCU) and the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF), a charity of international repute, has resulted in the creation of The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre at BCU. The new Centre’s name recognises the pioneering work of consultant paediatrician Dr Elizabeth Bryan, founder of the MBF and former President of the International Society for Twins Studies. It is jointly led by Jane Denton (Director of the MBF) and Dr. Merryl Harvey (Professor in Nursing at BCU).

The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre will lead to:

  • The development of high quality, evidence-based education and training programmes for health care and allied professionals.
  • The establishment of a dedicated research programme which will provide an evidence base for practice. This will also be a resource for international researchers, service providers, key stake-holders, service users and the wider public.
  • The creation of an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the West Midlands for the care of multiple birth families.

The collaboration between BCU and the MBF will:

  • Meet the aims of the Birmingham City University Strategic Plan 2020 and complies with the University’s Core Values; particularly those of ‘excellence’, being ‘people focused’ and ‘partnership working.’
  • Draw on current skills, expertise, reputation and experience within both BCU and MBF.
  • Establish a unique research centre which will build on the current very limited evidence base regarding the needs of multiple births.
  • Establish standards and benchmarks for health care and allied professionals’ education, training and professional development.
  • Address the MBF’s key aim to provide specialist education for health care and allied professionals.
  • Facilitate the commissioning of high quality, cost effective services. The work of the Centre will ensure that care providers are equipped to deliver these services locally, nationally and internationally.   
  • Influence UK-wide national policy and services.
  • Strengthen links with third sector organisation and local government within the West Midlands.
  • Ultimately and most importantly it will support the provision of the best possible care for babies, children, parents and their families. Within the West Midlands, nationally and internationally.    

The Launch

EBMBC collageThe Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre was launched at Birmingham City University on Thursday 21st September. The event was attended by members of Elizabeth Bryan’s family, Trustees of the Multiple Births Foundation, BCU staff and representatives from practice partners and local and national organisations. The programme consisted of short presentations (see below) followed by a video clip from BCU’s Chancellor, Sir Lenny Henry offering his support to the work of the EBMBC. The event ended with refreshments and the opportunity for attendees to network.


Professor Louise Toner, Associate Dean Academic Portfolio and Market Development, Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University

The Birmingham City University perspective

Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Birmingham City University

Who was Elizabeth Bryan?

Faith Hallett, Chair of Trustees, Multiple Births Foundation

Looking to the future

Jane Denton, Co-lead, Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre and Director Multiple Births Foundation

Merryl Harvey, Co-lead Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre / Professor of Nursing and Family Health, Birmingham City University 

Introduction from Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor