Heather Brammer


Institute of Education

Prior to working at Staffordshire University, I have worked in the NHS as a Nursery Nurse and then later a Hospital Play Specialist.  My role was primarily working with babies and young children, and in addition to this, I taught Student Midwives; Health Visitors and Doctors. During this time, I (also) worked at South Cheshire College as a Child Studies Lecturer teaching across a range of education programmes before moving to Stoke on Trent College as a Course Team Leader for Child Studies. From 2006 I moved into Teacher Education working across a range of teaching programmes before finally, moving to Staffordshire University in 2015. 

Professional memberships and activities

Member of HEA & Senior Fellow

Academic qualifications

MA Education

BA(hons) in Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Skills Teaching

Qualified Teacher (Learning and Skills) (QTLS)

Certificate in Education

Hospital Play Specialist



  • Working with Babies: Care and Education Of
  • Neuroscience; Nurturing Brain Development + Processes
  • Mental Health & Well-Being
  • Hospital Play Specialist: Play Therapy
  • Teacher Training: Active Learning

Research interests

Development of the Early Years Workforce

Providing Alternative Therapies for Sick Children; Displaced Children and Children with Adverse Childhood Experiences

Enterprise and commercial interests

ETF Consultant & Reviewer

Book Reviewer


Currently teaching on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (ECS) and the BA ECS with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) UG route.


Hudson, R; Brammer, H & Witton, A. (2022)

Early years teacher status: constraints, implications and reforms required for a twenty-first-century early years workforce: Education 3-13; International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education. Routledge.


Ball, T: Brammer, H & Tayler, A in Bradbury, A. Musgrave, J. & Perkins, H. (2023) A Practical Guide To Early Childhood Studies Graduate Practitioner Competencies. London. Learning Matters

in the UK for Quality Education

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021