Professor of Nursing and Family Health / Co-lead Elizabeth Bryan Multiples Births Centre
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Merryl joined Birmingham City University in 1995 as a Senior Lecturer. She was appointed Senior Academic in 2012, Reader in 2014 and Professor in 2018. Merryl is co-lead of the Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre (EBMBC), which was established in 2017. The EBMBC is a collaboration between the Multiple Births Foundation and Birmingham City University and its name recognises the pioneering work of consultant paediatrician Dr Elizabeth Bryan, founder of the MBF in 1988. The EBMBC, with its academic and practice base aims to improve the care and support available to multiple births families through the development of research and education and professional development programmes for health and allied care professionals.
Merryl has extensive experience delivering pre-registration and learning-beyond-registration modules at level 4, 5, 6 and 7. Merryl’s other learning and teaching experiences and roles since 1995 include personal tutor for pre-registration child field students (2003-2019), child field leader for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing programme (April 2007-April 2013), Acute and Critical Care Field Board Coordinator (2000-2003), Children’s Nursing Field Board Coordinator (2003-2007), Children’s Nursing Subject Quality Coordinator (2007-2015), member of Academic Board Business Group (2005-2009), member of the Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee (2009-2012) and member / Deputy Chair / Chair of the Faculty Academic Ethics Committee (2011-2017).
Merryl undertook her MSc at the University of Bristol (awarded 2000), exploring the role of neonatal nurse practitioners in the United Kingdom. She then undertook her PhD at Aston University (awarded 2010), focusing on the experiences of fathers of complicated and normal childbirth and witnessing the resuscitation of their newborn baby. While studying her PhD, Merryl had a half-time secondment as a Research Fellow at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, at the University of Oxford.