As Head of Research in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science at the University of Glamorgan, Maggie Kirk has particular responsibility for research across the Faculty, driving the strategic development of research and research capacity building.
Education is central to public and professional understanding of genetics and raising the profile of genetics in the education of health professionals has been an important goal for Maggie since she entered Higher Education in 1992. Prior to this Maggie practised in the coronary care setting, having made a career move to nursing from the field of mammalian genetics. In 2004, following the successful collaborative bid to establish the NHS National Genetics Education & Development Centre, Maggie commenced an additional role as Programme Lead for nursing professional groups. At the University of Glamorgan, Maggie is also leader of the Genomics Policy Unit (GPU) which was established in 1996 to explore the impact of advances in new genetic technologies on healthcare, assessing the implications for professionals and public alike.
Maggie is also a member of the Association of Genetics Nurses and Counsellors and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.