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 Emerging Practitioner module at stage one, the Child Protection module at stage two and the Vulnerable Children 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

I teach on the Emerging Practitioner module. I also tutor a group of students on the Emerging Practioner module

Stage 2

I teach on the Child Protection module. I also tutor a group of students on the Developing Practitioner module

Stage 3

I teach on the Vulnerable Children and the Law module and the Critically Reflective Practitioner module. I also tutor a group of students on the Critically Reflective Practitioner module and have a small group of students who I support through their Independent Study.

Professional interests

Research interests

I am in the process of starting my Ph.D. focused on the representation of children who have experienced Domestic Violence and 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 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 local authority as a Childcare Improvement Advisor.   

Recent publications