Fran Galloway

Lead Midwife for Education/Deputy Head of Midwifery, Cambridge

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Research Supervision:Yes

Fran is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery within the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education. As Acting Lead Midwife for Education she is responsible for the quality of and leading the Midwifery Courses at Anglia Ruskin University. Fran facilitates learning for students on both the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses and have strong links with all of the local NHS trusts who work in collaboration with the faculty to provide placement learning.


Fran has been a practising Midwife since 1981 and as such has witnessed the huge changes within midwifery healthcare provision and the NHS. As a practising midwife she particularly enjoyed working within the community setting and in particular facilitating women to birth normally within the home environment.

Fran has always enjoyed facilitating parent education and mentoring student midwives. This interest led her to move into midwifery education in 2005. As a midwifery educator, she's committed to ensuring that midwifery students receive a high standard of education both within the University and placement environment, and so provide exceptional care to women and their families.

Research interests

  • Assessment in practice competence 
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Promoting normal birth

Fran is currently taking a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Through a qualitative study she is exploring student midwives experience of being assessed in practice using a criterion referenced grading tool. A case study approach is being used to understand the lived experience of assessing clinical competence with a small cohort of midwifery students and mentors.


Fran has been in midwifery education since 2005 and has facilitated learning throughout the BSc Pre registration Midwifery course. She has a particular interest in skills, competence and practice learning. Fran has led curriculum development for the BSc Midwifery and the Return to Midwifery Practice course and has been the admissions tutor for the past five years, she is keen to promote the values based recruitment and selection.

  • Module leader for the Professional Midwifery Practice 
  • Module Tutor Fundamentals in midwifery practice 1
  • Supervisor for UGMP BSc Midwifery/ BSc SCHIPN
  • Supervisor MSC Advanced Midwifery practice 
  • Supervisor MSc Pubic Health


  • MA Learning and Teaching: Anglia Ruskin University
  • Postgraduate Diploma Learning and Teaching (Health and Social Care Professional), Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) Midwifery and Women’s Health Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Registered Nurse The princess Alexandra School of Nursing, The Royal London Hospital
  • Registered Midwife, Queen Charlotte’s School of Midwifery

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Health Education Academy: Fellow
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Lead Midwife for Education Strategic Reference Group
  • Academic Member of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS trust Maternity Services Liaison Committee

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

External Examiner University of Wolverhampton: BSc Midwifery/ RtP/ NIPE/

Selected recent publications

Galloway, F., 2014. Stopping student attrition. Royal College of Midwives, e-news.

Galloway, F., 2010. Applying to shine: a CV that makes its mark. RCM online.

Galloway, F., 2010. Looking for the right information - where to start. Essence MIDIRS eSource.

Recent presentations and conferences

Wallis- Redworth, M., Galloway F., 2011 Poster Presentation ‘NMC Quality Assurance Review Mentor Midwifery Preparation’ The NMC UK-wide QA framework: 5th annual QA conference. London

Galloway, F. (2014) Poster Presentation. ‘What is fine about grading practice?’ Teaching and Learning Conference, Anglia Ruskin University: Cambridge

Galloway, F. (2014) Poster Presentation. ‘What is fine about grading practice?’ Royal College of Midwives Academic Conference: London

Devlin, A., Galloway, F., Grober, S. (2014) ‘Marketing and Recruiting for NHS values in Nursing and Midwifery in the East of England’: presentation at Research and Innovation in Recruitment and Retention of Pre-Registration, Nursing and Midwifery Students conference: Glasgow: NHS Scotland

Galloway, F. (2013) Poster Presentation. ‘What is fine about grading practice?’ Higher Education Academy National Conference: Leeds

Media experience

Galloway, F. (2014) Interview Radio Cambridgeshire. The evidence to support homebirths/ publication of NICE guidance, 4 Dec 2014

Galloway, F. (2013) Interview Radio Essex- The Impact Media has on Midwifery Applicants, 17 Jan 2013

Galloway, F. (2011) Interview BBC Radio Essex – Midwifery Shortages, 15 Sept 2011