Portrait of Dr Mari Phillips Dr Mari Phillips

m.a.phillips@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473525


I am currently a senior lecturer in midwifery in the Division of Maternal and Child Health. However, I first joined the University of Huddersfield in April 1997 and have undertaken lecturing and leadership roles both within midwifery and wider health care education during this time. Prior to my first appointment I had 16 years of experience in midwifery practice and education in London and Bradford. I qualified as a registered nurse in 1979 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and as a registered midwife in Salisbury in 1981, before gaining the Advanced Diploma in Midwifery in 1984 and my teaching qualification in 1985. I achieved a BA (Open) in Social Sciences in 1991, then an MEd in 1993 and PhD in 2009, both here at Huddersfield.

Research and Scholarship

I am a part of a team undertaking action research in relation to the introduction of midwife led care and birth centre in a local Trust and am currently working on a commissioned book: The Policy Context of Midwifery and Maternity Services.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Phillips, M. and Marshall, J. (2015) ‘Mentor update and support: what do mentors need from an update?The Practising Midwife , 18 (4), pp. 40-43. ISSN 1461-3123


Phillips, M. and Bharj, K. (2014) ‘Midwifery education and practice in England : facing the challenges’. In: ICM Prague 2014, 1-5th June 2014, Prague


Phillips, M (2012) ‘'Woman centred care' the language of practice, policy and professional regulation’. In: RCM Annual Conference, 13-14th November 2012, Brighton Centre


Phillips, M (2010) ‘‘Woman-centred care’ and the negotiation of the trajectory of maternity care’. In: Personal and Public Lives: Exploring Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities: An international and interdisciplinary conference, 7th - 9th September 2010, University of Huddersfield, UK

Phillips, M (2010) ‘'Woman centred care'? An exploration of professional care in midwifery prctice’. In: 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference, 3-5th October 2010, Vancouver, Canada


Phillips, M. and Bharj, K. (2009) ‘Observation as a research method: living with tensions and dilemmas of observational studies in the real world’. In: 5th Mixed Methods Annual Conference, , Harrogate, UK

Phillips, M (2009) Woman centred care? An exploration of professional care in midwifery practice Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Phillips, M (2008) ‘Woman centred care? Aspects of the emotion work of the research’. In: 2nd International Emotions Conference: The Future of Feelings, Friday 13th June 2008, Surrey, UK

Phillips, M (2008) ‘Woman centred care? An exploration of professional care in midwifery practice’. In: School of Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day, 10th March 2008, Huddersfield University, UK


Phillips, M (2007) ‘Women caring for women: an exploration of professional care in midwifery practice’. In: Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Huddersfield 2007, , Huddersfield, UK

Deery, R., Jones, P. and Phillips, M. (2007) ‘Women in the driving seat: birth centre insightsPractising Midwife , 10 (5), pp. 23-27. ISSN 1461-3123


Jones, P., Phillips, M., Deery, R. and Ashby, J. (2004) The impact and outcomes of the implementation of the Wakefield Birth Centre Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Phillips, M (2004) ‘Listening to women: narratives of childbearing’. In: Narrative & Memory Research Group 4th Annual Conference, April 2004, Huddersfield, UK

Phillips, M (2004) ‘Collaboration in research’. In: Research and Development Group, 2004, Glasgow, UK

Phillips, M (2004) ‘Exploring some complexities of the insider-outsider relationship in midwifery research’. In: 5th Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care Conference, 2004, Bournemouth, UK


Deery, R. and Phillips, M. (1998) ‘Integration into higher education: personal perceptions and reflectionsHealth Manpower Management , 24 (3), pp. 104-108. ISSN 0955-2065


  • 2006-2012; NMC reviewer (Mott Macdonald formerly HLSP)
  • 2004-2006; NMC Visitor
  • 2003-2006; Subject Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • 2003-(ongoing); Reviewer for Nurse Researcher
  • 2001-2013; Member of Lead Midwife for Education UK Strategic Reference Group of NMC
  • 2000-2004; ENB Specialist Registry
  • 2000-(ongoing); Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • 1996-(ongoing); Reviewer - Nurse Education Today
  • 1993-2014; Member Royal College of Midwives UK Education Advisory Group (2001- 2014 Vice Chair)

Research Degree Supervision

I am particularly interested in the concept of women-centred care; maternity care policy, the use of language in midwifery practice and qualitative approaches to research including feminist theories, grounded theory and narratives. Currently supervising 3 doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Young mothers’ experiences of relationship abuse
  • Changing roles of physiotherapists and extended practice
  • Mixed methods approach to the management of the third stage of labour

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Year 2 Leader for BSc(Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • Link Lecturer for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust - Midwifery

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Module leader: Developing skills and competence in Midwifery Practice
  • Associate to HIG1000 Research 2 (Interdisciplinary research module)
  • Associate to Supporting Learning in Practice modules at Honours and Master’s levels
  • Associate to HFM1007 Psychosocial and policy aspects of midwifery practice
  • Managing change/management and leadership across courses
  • Facilitation of reflective learning groups
  • Supervision of students undertaking BSc and Master’s dissertations