Dr. Deborah Kenny

Head of School

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB443

+44 (0) 1772 89 3888


Subject Areas: Neonatal Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery

Deborah qualified as a general and paediatric nurse in 1985 before specialising in neonatal intensive care. She began her career with the university in 1997 and has enjoyed a number of different academic posts in schools pertaining to health. As the Head of the School of Community Health and Midwifery she is responsible for the strategic management and leadership for a wide range of programmes with a particular focus on the quality of student experience.

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Deborah is an experienced academic who has a track record of leading curriculum development, learning and teaching and student experience initiatives. She has also extensive experience in quality assurance. Deborah continues to teach neonatal nurses with a focus on the psycho-social aspects of family centred care. She is also a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in narrative methodology, identity and professional socialisation.

Ed.D. Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015
M.Sc. Psychology of Child Development, University of Central Lancashire, 2000
B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology. Open University, 1997
Certificate in Education, Cornwall College, (NMC Recorded), 1996
ENB 405 Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn, Nottingham School of Midwifery, 1988
RGN / RSCN. Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham, 1985


- Byrom, A., Perez-Botella, M., Kenny, D. and Shaw, J. (2012) Team-building in Tyn Dwr: Enhancing the learning experience through collaborative working, Higher Education Academy.

- Kenny, D. (2000) Student Plagiarism and Professional Practice, Nurse Education Today, 27 (1), pp.14-18.


Vocation caring and nurse identity

Contingent handling of the neonate

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Neonatal care, family centred care, developmental care, caring


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy