Professor in Nursing
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Merryl Harvey is a Professor in Nursing. Joining the University in 1995 as a Senior Lecturer, Merryl was appointed a Senior Academic in 2012 and a Reader in 2014. Her principle teaching subjects include research methods and evidence-based practice, embryology, fetal development and neonatal care of new-born babies.
Prior to joining the University, Merryl worked as a clinical teacher at Birmingham Maternity Hospital, now Birmingham Women’s Hospital, helping students who were undertaking the special and intensive care of the new-born course, delivered by Birmingham and Solihull College of Midwifery.
Merryl conducted her MSc at the University of Bristol, exploring the role of neonatal nurse practitioners in the United Kingdom. She then undertook her PhD at Aston University, focusing on the experiences of fathers of complicated and normal childbirth. Undertaken in one NHS Trust, papers relating to various aspects of the study have been presented at conferences. While studying her PhD, Merryl worked as a Research Fellow for the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford.
Merryl has been working with the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF) on a range of activities since 2011. This work has culminated in a collaboration between BCU and the MBF in April 2017 to form the Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre (EBMBC) which is hosted by BCU. The work of the EBMBC will include both education and research work streams which it is anticipated will shape the future delivery of care and support for families with twins, triplets and higher multiples both within the UK and internationally.