Melanie J Bird

Head of School (Chelmsford)

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

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Research Supervision:Yes

Melanie Bird is a registered nurse (adult), and Head of Midwifery, Child and Community Nursing at ARU.


With a clinical background in care of the elderly and stroke management and rehabilitation, and an NMC recordable teaching qualification, Melanie joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2005.

During her time at ARU, Melanie has been a pre-registration nursing tutor and module leader for both theory and practice modules within both the pre-registration and post registration programmes, Teaching and Learning Lead for the Department of Primary and Public Health, Education Champion for the clinical areas that fall outside the NHS placement areas, course leader for the MSc Public Health, and Deputy Head of Primary and Public Health Department. She is currently Head of Midwifery, Child and Community Nursing.

Research interests

  • Student experience
  • Curriculum development
  • International student education and academic development

Melanie is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate (EdD) and is focusing her research for this on exploring the previous learning experience of International Students in order to find out if these influence or have an impact on their expectations when studying at a UK HEI. Paragraph (100 words) explaining research interests


Melanie currently teaches both pre-registration nursing (adult) students and post registration students. Her experience and expertise in Stroke Management and Rehabilitation and with the SafeMedicate Medicine Dosage Calculation Software is utilised extensively within the Faculty.


  • Principal Fellow of the High Education Academy
  • IN PROGRESS – Education Doctorate (EdD) – Exploring the Previous Learning Experiences of International Students to see if these have an impact when undertaking studies at a UK HEI, Anglia Ruskin University. Expected completion date 2016.
  • MSc Medical and Healthcare Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Teaching and Learning), University of Essex
  • BSc Nursing (Adult), Anglia Polytechnic University