Miss Wendy Jessiman

Miss Wendy Jessiman


w.c.jessiman@stir.ac.uk + 44 (0) 1463 255614

Health Sciences (Highland & W.Isles) University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Clinical career

I developed my career in Adult Nursing specialising in Neuro-medical/Neuro-surgical Nursing, working full-time in units in Edinburgh, Glasgow and agency in Oxford. Thereafter I undertook midwifery education and practised full-time as a clinical midwife both in hospital and the community, latterly combining this with my interest in research. Currently as an experienced midwife, I fulfill a statutory appointment as a Supervisor of Midwives with NHS Highland.

Academic Career:


As an experinced nurse and midwife and academic I have developed numerous degree level modules and clinical study days for qualified staff in nursing and midwifery. As part of a small midwifery team , I was responsible for all aspects of the full-time Midwifery Diploma in Higher Education and since 2008 ensured the smooth running of the full-time BSc Midwifery Programme including, curriculum development, teaching, assessment, audit ofplacemnts. mentorship updates, and practic elearing experience.

From September 2013 due to changes in undergraduate midwifery education in Scotland I have became Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching and Chief Examiner, responsible for the delivery of modules and programmes across all 3 campuses.

My current School Responsibilities:

Faculty Chief Examiner

Lead Subject Chief Examiner in Health Sciences

Lead Assessment and Regulations in Health Sciences

Lead Assessment and Regulations in the transition to University of Highland and Islands


I facilitate and teach a variety of clinical and academic skills across a number of subject areas, in both Adult and Mental Health fields of the BSc Nursing programme. I developed and lead on the Perinatal Mental Health Curriculum within the undergraduate nursing programme on Highland Campus and in the postgraduate Health Visiting programme.

Module co-ordinator for SHSU001 Learning to Learn for Nurses a new module introduced in September 2016.

At present I am Cohort Lead for the 2014 Undergraduate students.

Student experience activities:

I lead The Undergraduate Mile a Day Initiative -TUMAD

Professional Activities:

I am currently a Reviewer for the British Journal of Midwifery

In 2001 I was appointed as a Supervisor of Midwives by NHS Highland and continue to fulfill this statutory role in my own time.

I advise on guidelines for the use of water in labour and birth and audit the use of a pool in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness

Research interests:

  • Use of water in labour and birth
  • Emotional wellbeing of women
  • Perinatal Mental Health

Membership of Professional Organisations:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • University and College Union
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

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