Professor Susanne Darra
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8569

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 as Joint Programme Director for the MSc in Physician Associates 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 future professionals seeking employment in the Welsh NHS. 


  1. Ward, M., Darra, S., Jones, C., & Jones, S.
  2. Darra, S. & Thomas, G. An evaluation of the midwifery Pre-Qualifying Skills Passport in Wales. British Journal of Midwifery, 27(1), 26-32.
  3. Darra, S. Coping, Help and Coherence: a non-dichotomous theory for childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery, 16(2), 44-49.
  4. Darra, S. Consideration of a non-dichotomous conceptual framework of childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery, 16(1), 29-34.
  5. Darra, S. & Clark, N. Midwifery Lecturers' views of shortened midwifery programmes in the UK. Evidence Based Midwifery, 15(3), 76-82.

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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.

  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. The project may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, and focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • PPS207 Reflective Practice and Working with People

    This module will develop student knowledge, understanding and application of reflective practice in professional contexts. Students will learn to use a variety of reflective models to support the development of their understanding and analysis of personal values, professional values and ethics, and professional identity as well as working with people in professional contexts.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 2019

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

    2017 - Present

  • Senior Fellow

    2017 - Present

  • Joint Programme Director MSc Physician Associate Studies - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2019 - 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