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Alison Cooke, PhD, MRes, BMidwif (Hons), PGCertHE, RM


Personal profile


Lecturer in Midwifery


2009 Mamas & Papas Midwife of the Year Nominee

2009 NIHR studentship Master in Clinical Research programme

2010 British Journal of Midwifery Annual Conference (Invited Speaker)

2011 Iolanthe Midwives Award

2011 East Cheshire NHS Trust Innovation Award Nominee

2012 British Journal of Midwifery/Infant/Danone Innovating for Life Award short-listed entrant

2012 NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship

2015 British Journal of Midwifery Annual Conference (Invited Speaker)

2015 British Association of Dermatologists Annual Conference Best Oral Presentation

Research interests

Member of Midwifery and Women's Health Research Group

Research Activity: advanced maternal age, baby skincare, obesity.

Research Interests: advanced maternal age, baby skincare, parent education, intrapartum care.


Manchester Access Programme Tutor

My collaborations

Advanced Maternal Age Qualitative Study Research Team: Alison Cooke, Dr Tracey Mills and Prof Dame Tina Lavender

Use of Oil in Baby SkincaRE (OBSeRvE) Research Team: Alison Cooke, Dr Suresh Victor, Prof Michael Cork (University of Sheffield) and Prof Dame Tina Lavender

SPIDER Search Strategy Tool: Alison Cooke, Dr Debbie Smith and Andrew Booth (University of Sheffield)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Registered Midwife NMC 06B0680E

Member of Royal College of Midwives

Methodological knowledge

Led on idea and development of the SPIDER search strategy tool for qualitative evidence synthesis (Cooke, Smith & Booth, 2012)

Experience of qualitative and quantitative methodologies: systematic review, meta-synthesis, randomised controlled trials, qualitative studies


December 2019 Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education The University of Manchester

November 2015 Doctor of Philosophy The University of Manchester

September 2010 Master in Clinical Research The University of Manchester

January 2009 Preparation for Mentorship Level 3 The University of Manchester

March 2006 Registered Midwife

March  2006 Bachelor of Midwifery First Class Honours The University of Manchester

Social responsibility

Manchester Access Programme Tutor

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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