Staff profile

Emma Twigg

Programme Leader/Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood

Emma Twigg in the classroom.


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree and also teach across all three stages. I am module lead for the Child Protection modules at Stage Two and Stage Three and the Vulnerable Child and the Law module at Stage Three. I also teach on our online BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-Up degree.   

Teaching responsibilities

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Professional interests

Research interests

I am in the process of completing a PhD, which is focused on the representation of children who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I qualified as an N.N.E.B nursery nurse in 1990 and started my professional career working as a nursery assistant and later as a manager in an early years setting.

I have assessed and taught students on vocational Early Years qualification courses within the Further Education field both locally and within London.

Prior to joining the University of Derby, I worked for 12 years within the local authority as a Childcare Improvement Advisor.   

Additional interests and activities

I am a Co-Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) Policy, Lobbying, and Advocacy Strategy Group.   

Recent publications