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Professor Ann Thomson (BA, MSc (Method II). RN RM, MTD) - personal details

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Professor Ann Thomson

Role: Professor Emerita of Midwifery

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7688


The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
The University of Manchester
Room 3.324, Jean McFarlane Building
University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Fax: 0161 306 7894

Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 7610 (PA: Anne Kerr)




I qualified as a midwife in 1968 and following clinical roles in England and Scotland came to Manchester in 1980. I held joint appointments with St Maty's Hospital, Manchester and the Manchester College of Midwifery & Nursing. I was awarded a personal chair in 2000. Together with Sarah Robinson I started and ran the national conferences 'Research and the Midwife'. Together with Sarah Robinson I edited the series 'Research and the Midwife'. In 1985 I was the founding editor of MIDWIFERY the first international refereed journal for midwives. I edited the journal for 21 years and am now Emeritus Editor, with special responsibility for helping midwives in developing countries to write for publication.

When the University of Manchester  was born in 2004 I took on the role of Associate Dean for undergarduate education in the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences. I was responsible for the quality of education in Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Pshycology and Speech & Language therapy.

I formally retired at the end of 2009. 

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Royal College of Midwives

European Academy of Nursing Studies (Founding Fellow)


BA, MSc (Method II), RN, RM, MTD


I am supposed to be retired! I currently supervise undergraduate students undertaking their dissertations. I also undertake occassional sessions on International Midwifery and aspects of medico-legal consultancy.

I am responsible for assisting midwives in developing countries to write for publicaion for the journal MIDWIFERY ( and the African Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health

I assist overseas post-graduate students to acclimatise to studying in Manchester

I provide midwifery expertise in medico-legal cases.