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

I tutor a group of students on the Emerging Practitioner module

Stage 2

I teach the Child Protection module at stage 2. I also tutor a group of students on the Developing Practitioner module

Stage 3

I teach the Vulnerable Child and the Law module and also the Child Protection modules at stage 3. 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 completing a PhD which is focused on the representation of children who have experienced Domestic Abuse. The study is titled:

'Narratives from the Nursery: An investigation into the representation of children by early years practitioners with 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 local authority as a Childcare Improvement Advisor.   

Additional interests and activities

I am a strategy group member for Policy, Lobbying, and Advocacy part of the national Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN)

I am also a Safeguarding Governor at a local Academy Secondary School.  

Recent publications