Professor Susanne Darra
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8569
Room: Academic Office - 36
Ground Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I take an active part in contributing to activities beyond my immediate research, teaching and scholarship. While much of my career in has been in the field of Midwifery I am now working in the broader arena of Social Sciences. I am currently applying all the skills that I have developed in learning and teaching, in collaborative leadership and in management over the years to contribute to improving the options for students on Health & Social Care and other broadly ‘Social Sciences’ programmes to become ideal and well-prepared candidates for future employment in the Welsh NHS and Social Services.


  1. & An evaluation of the midwifery Pre-Qualifying Skills Passport in Wales. British Journal of Midwifery 27(1), 26-32.
  2. Coping, Help and Coherence: a non-dichotomous theory for childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery 16(2), 44-49.
  3. Consideration of a non-dichotomous conceptual framework of childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery 16(1), 29-34.
  4. & Midwifery Lecturers' views of shortened midwifery programmes in the UK. Evidence Based Midwifery 15(3), 76-82.
  5. & From a rabbit in the headlights to a confident user of research evidence.. The Practising Midwife 20(7), 20-22.

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  • PM-148 Foundations of Community Medicine

    Communities now play a key role in improving and sustaining good health and the delivery of care. This has led to the development of a new field within medical education and practice called Community Medicine. Community Medicine is often considered synonymous with Preventative and Social Medicine (PSM), Public Health, and Community Health because of a shared concern with the prevention of disease and promotion of health and wellbeing. This module introduces students to the wide range of approaches encompassed within Community Medicine. These include preventative, promotive, curative and rehabilitative approaches aimed at improving population health through community-based health and care.

  • PPS100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module prepares students for studying at degree level. It also supports students to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA). Students are supported to work and learn together in a community of practice at the level required in higher education. They are encouraged to develop a questioning approach, to structure an argument, to write academically and to avoid plagiarism. Students are also introduced to the skills needed in applying for jobs and/or moving forward in a career path, including how to recognise and make the most of experience, learning, and knowledge and how to sell themselves effectively.

  • PPS102 Poverty and Plenty

    This module challenges students to think about the relationships between those in need and those with plenty from the 18th century to today. Using online and traditionally sourced primary sources students will ask questions about why poverty has been perceived as the poor persons¿ fault, and in turn interrogates the motivations of the more affluent in their participation in philanthropic ventures. Themes will include state welfare, private charity, the rise and fall of 20th century welfare practices, and the fall and rise of the finance industry.

  • PPS103 Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society

    This module supports students to develop their social curiosity and will explore contemporary issues in society related to equality, discrimination and oppression. It will focus on UK society but will also include European and global perspectives. It will refer to theoretical perspectives to explore causes and effects of unequal life-chances and how these can be minimised by anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

  • PPS104 Power and Politics

    This module explores how world power is exercised and how it shapes our lives. It examines the relationship between citizens and the state through considering a series of major ideological perspectives, from Marxism through to Libertarianism. It compares different approaches to answer central questions about why contemporary society is as it is, and asks what a better society would be like.

  • PPS212 Working in the Health and Social Care Sector

    The module will enable students to build upon the employability and research skills explored previously on the foundation degree and to continue their professional development by producing a personalised placement record linked to their identified employability competencies. The module will also enable students to further develop their higher level and problem solving skills preparing them to take a lead in developing new thinking around an identified issue within the workplace.

  • PPS308 Dissertation

    This module will build on research understanding attained in years one and two and will further contextualise theoretical and practical knowledge related to health and social care. The module will support students to retrieve, analyse and synthesise extensive background literature (literature review) to inform their selected research question. It will also support students to present a fully developed research proposal arising from the literature review.

  • SHH300 Dissertation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop a research proposal relevant for research in health and social care.

  • SHHM25 Public Health and Lifelong Learning for Physician's Associates

    This module is only available to students on the MSc Physician Associate Studies. The module combines practice learning with the development of new knowledge in a way that enables students to become reflective practitioners.

  • SHHM55 Introduction to Research, Evidence based Practice and Reflection for Physicians Associates

    This module will be a compulsory module within the MSc / Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Physician¿s Associate Studies and reflects compulsory curriculum content. The module aims to introduce students to the main research paradigms including the principles of research, and the ability to appraise research to provide an evidence base for their personal practice. Students will also be introduced to reflective practice and its value in enabling reflection on clinical learning and the development of clinical competence.

  • SHM100 Academic writing for Health & Social Care

    This module prepares students for studying at degree level. Students are supported to work and learn together in a community of practice at the level required in Higher Education. They are encouraged to develop a questioning approach, to structure an argument, to write academically and to avoid plagiarism.

  • SHMM00 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives

    The aim of the module is to develop the expertise of the student to be able to meet the required standard of competence and knowledge to practice effectively as a Supervisor of midwives.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director for BSc Health & Social Care - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2017 - Present

  • Departmental Lead for Learning and Teaching - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2017 - Present

  • Senior Fellow

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
April 2016 Present Associate Professor Health & Social Care Swansea University
2009 2016 Head of Midwifery Education Swansea University
August 2009 April 2016 Associate Professor, Lead Midwife for Education Swansea University
1999 2009 Midwifery Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer Swansea University
1983 1999 Midwife in various roles Swansea

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, London City University

    2017 - Present

  • Task Force Member for Clinical Supervision, Midwives in Wales

    2017 - Present

  • Regular reviewer, ‘Midwifery’ and ‘Nurse Education Today’

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

    Directorate of Women’s Health Research Forum

  • All Wales Midwifery & Reproductive Health Research Forum

    An all-Wales forum with representation from across the Principality

Key Grants and Projects

  • Critical Review of Group Supervision (Action Learning) in the Future Proofing Model of Midwifery Supervision in Wales 2015 - 2015

    , £3,000

  • Exploring practices and experiences within a Welsh multi-agency young families project 2018 - 2019

    , with Dr M.R.M. Ward, Mrs W. Sunderland-Evans, £10,000