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John Pendleton is an experienced Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, having worked in the role since 2014.  He has taught across the midwifery curriculum and led modules on public health and research methods.  He currently leads on the final year dissertation module and the second year module on cultural competence in midwifery.  He also provides dissertation supervision for students on the MSc in Public Health.

He has led on the midwifery programme's recruitment and admissions strategy, is a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, and represents midwifery at the annual Florence Network of European nursing & midwifery programmes ( ).

Prior to becoming an midwifery academic, John graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Joint Honours degree in French and Spanish.  He then spent nine years working for BBC Teleivsion, becoming a a producer and director on a wide variety of network documentaries including co-productions with the Open University.  Upon qualifying as a midwife, John worked initially on a high-risk conslutant-led unit before spending the majorinty of his clinical career as a community midwife with an interest in home birth.


Research Interests

John's PhD thesis is an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the experiences of men who work as midwives.  It is the first to explore how a marginal number of men in an otherwise mono-gendered profession make sense of their experiences.  Filtered through the lens of gender, it seeks to understand how they navigate a space where they are neither wanted, needed, or deemed unproblematically acceptable to either service users or the profession as a whole.  John has also carried out peer-participatory research with students from minoritized ethnicities to try and understand their experiences within the NHS.  

He is a member of the Faculty's Health Sciences and Services Research Centre as well as the Diversity, Community, and Identity Special Interest Group.



External Roles

John is an Honorary Research Fellow for the Centre for Healthcare and Communities at Coventry University.

He also sits as a member of the Health Education England Global Majroity Student Experience Steering Group and the NHS England Men & Diversity in Midwifery Steering Group.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Northampton

Award Date: 1 Feb 2017

Bachelor, University of Northampton

Award Date: 27 Jan 2012

Bachelor, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 11 Jul 1995

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Coventry University

1 Oct 2023 → …


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