Dr Alison Callwood

Lecturer in Integrated Care (Midwifery)
PhD, SFHEA, MSc, PGCert, Dip HE/RM, BSc(Hons) Nursing/RGN
+44 (0)1483 686747
DK 05

Academic and research departments

School of Health Sciences.



Alison completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Nursing Studies at the University of Surrey in 1990 followed by a Diploma in Health Education/RM from Cambridge College of Health Studies in 1995.

She worked as a midwife before travelling to Malawi with Voluntary Service Overseas as a Midwifery Tutor in 1996. On returning in 1998 Alison completed an MSc in Mother and Child Health at the University of London. She then commenced work at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as a Research Fellow tasked with setting up and coordinating the National Sentinel Caesarean Section Audit. Alison joined the University of Surrey in 2001. Since then she has taken three mini career breaks to have children; she completed her PhD in 2015 and is now actively engaged in post-doctoral research. Alison  is a member of the Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance, MMI Expert Group, INResH (International Network for Researchers in Selection into Health)  and co-founder of the National MMI Interest group for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health professionals. Alison was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy  in 2018.

Research interests

Alison's PhD focused on student selection strategies in pre-registration student midwife recruitment specifically the development and piloting of multiple mini interviews (MMIs). This was supported by the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and was awarded The Rosemary Pope Memorial Award for 'outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery education' in 2015.

Her post-doctoral research continues in education specifically innovation in relation to MMIs as well as immersive teaching and learning strategies. Alison has been awarded a number of Faculty grants/pump-priming to fund her research including: a  longitudinal follow study exploring the reliability and predictive validity of MMIs from a cross-professional perspective, developing and piloting audio-drama MMIs,  exploring the 'values journey' of healthcare students selected using MMIs in values based recruitment context and most recently automated transformations in MMIs and teaching and learning (Impact Acceleration Funding).

Alison is a member of the University of Surrey Ethics Committee; she was awarded Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Innovator of the Year in 2018.

Other interests include mixed methods research and women's health in developing countries.


Modules at level 5-7

Departmental duties

Module organiser for modules level 5-7

Practice liaison link Tutor at St Richards Hospital, Chichester

My publications



Callwood, A., Jeevaratnam, K., Kotronoulas, G., Schneider, A., Lewis, L., Devi Nadarajah, 2018. V. Personal domains assessed in multiple mini interviews (MMIs) for healthcare student selection: A narrative synthesis systematic review. Nurse Edu Today Jan 31; 64:56-64 doi:10.1016/j.net.2018.01.016

Callwood, A., Cooke, D., Bolger, S., Lemanska, A., Allan H. 2018. The reliability and validity of multiple mini interviews (MMIs) in values based recruitment to nursing, midwifery and paramedic practice programmes: Findings from an evaluation study. Int J Nurs Stud Jan, 77. 138-144 doi:10.1016/j.ijnstu.2017.10.003

Callwood, A., Bolger, S., Allan, H.2018.Exploring the ‘values journey’ of student nurses who have been recruited using values-based approaches. J Adv Nurs. 00:1-11 doi: 10.1111/jan.13514

Groothuizen, H., Callwood, A., Gallagher, A. 2017. What is the Value of Values Based Recruitment for Higher Education Healthcare Programmes? J of Adv Nurs.. 00:1-10 doi: 10.1111/jan.13512

Callwood, A., Cooke D., Allan H. 2016. Value-based recruitment in midwifery: do the values align with what women say is important to them? J of Adv Nurs. 00(0), 000–000. doi: 10.1111/jan.13038

Callwood, A. (2015) Developing and piloting the multiple mini interview in student midwife selection. PhD thesis, University of Surrey

Callwood A., Cooke D., Allan, H. (2014) Developing and piloting the multiple mini interview in pre-registration student midwife selection in a UK setting. Nurse Education Today 34 (12), pp.1450-1454.

Callwood A. (2014) National Values-Based Recruitment Framework: a case study using MMIs at the University of Surrey. Health Education England. Available at: http://hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/values-based-recruitment/national-vbr-framework.

Callwood A., Allan H., Courtenay M. (2012) Are current recruitment strategies for pre-registration student nurse and student midwife selection 'fit for purpose' from a UK perspective? Introducing the Multiple Mini Interview. Nurse Education Today (32), pp.835-837.

Callwood A., Thomas J. (2000) National Sentinel Caesarean Section Audit BJM vol. 8 issue 6.


‘Optimising Admissions Conference’, May 2017 organised by Cambridge University Admissions, Royal College of Physicians, London

Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, May 2017. Oral presentation: Exploring the ‘values journey’ of student nurses who have been recruited using values-based approaches.

European Midwives Association Education Conference December, 2016. Oral presentation: What is the reliability and predictive validity of multiple mini interviews; first data from two midwifery cohorts’.

Health Education England Conference January 2015. Oral presentation: Values-Based Recruitment in Practice: a Case Study from the University of Surrey.

Health Education Wessex Annual Conference June 2014. Oral presentation: 'Introducing multiple mini interviews: a user perspective'.

The Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference 2013. Oral presentation: 'Developing and piloting multiple mini interviews in pre-registration student midwife selection, a mixed-methods case study'.

European Midwives Association Education Conference, Maastricht, 2013. Oral presentation: What is the acceptability of multple mini interviews: interviewer and applicant perspectives.

Poster presentation at the Nottingham International Conference for Education and Research in Midwifery 2012.