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Melanie Barnes
Lecturer in Midwifery



Melanie qualified as a midwife with a Diploma in 2007 from the University of Nottingham. From there she continued to study alongside her preceptorship as an integrated midwife at Derby hospitals, to obtain a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery.

Melanie then relocated and commenced a full time post as a community midwife at Hull University Teaching hospitals (HUTH). This is where she became involved in care for women and families in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods, with inter-professional links to children centres and local services.
Melanie became part of the management and leadership team at HUTH, strengthening midwife led care pathways, embedding innovative projects, and developing an alongside midwifery led care unit.

She qualified as a supervisor of midwives as part of her MSc in Health professional studies at the University of Hull. This led to a clinical academic midwife post at the University of Leeds in 2017.

During her time at Leeds she developed experience as a lecturer/programme lead, and was awarded a Postgraduate certificate in clinical education, alongside becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In addition she was also a member of the NICE antenatal guideline committee from 2017 – 2021.

In 2022 Melanie joined the University of York to undertake a midwifery lecturer post. She brings an extensive portfolio of clinical and educational expertise, with a key agenda to strengthen the professional midwifery advocate role.


  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • MSc Health Professional Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in clinical education (NMC)
  • Fellow HEA
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate
  • Registered Midwife (RM)


Departmental roles

  • Personal supervisor
  • Module lead
  • Academic assessor
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate

University roles

  • Schwartz round forum/steering group member



  • Professional Midwifery Advocate integration into the curriculum



  • BA Hons Midwifery
  • BMid 
  • MMid

External activities


Contact details

Melanie Barnes
Lecturer in Midwifery

Tel: (01904 32) 1669