John studied midwifery at the University of Northampton. After initially working on a high-risk consultant-led unit, he spent the majority of his clinical midwifery career as a community midwife. He joined the University of Northampton as a Lecturer in Midwifery and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014. He completed his MSc in Practice Education and was registered as a Midwifery Teacher with the Nursing & Midwifery Council in 2016. In 2019 he was seconded to the NMC Test of Competence Centre as Lead for Academic Development & Quality.
In addition to facilitating teaching and learning within the Faculty of Health, Education and Society he is an Admissions Tutor for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Programme, a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and is undertaking research towards a PhD. He has represented the university in Europe as a member of the Florence Network and has been a visiting lecturer in midwifery and public health at Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.
Prior to becoming a midwife and academic, John graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1995 with a Joint Honours degree in French and Spanish. He then spent nine years working for BBC Television, becoming a producer and director on a wide variety of documentaries including co-productions with the Open University.
John delivers teaching across all modules in the Midwifery undergraduate curriculum. He has previously led on the Public Health module and from April 2020 will be module leader for MID2026 – Promoting Normality Through Research.
John’s MSc dissertation was informed by his experience as an Admissions Tutor. He focussed on the role of student midwives in assessing applications to pre-registration midwifery programmes using the Multiple Mini Interview process and presented his findings at the Royal College of Nursing Education Conference in 2017.
Since becoming an academic, he has started to explore his interest in constructions of identity which initially took the form of exploring the impact of race and culture both from a service user perspective and for healthcare workers. In 2019 he began studying for his PhD and is exploring the experiences of men who are midwives, focussing on the intersectionality of gender and professional identity.
Pendleton, J. (2019) What role does gender have in shaping knowledge that underpins the practice of midwifery? Journal of Gender Studies, 28 (6): 629-634
Pendleton, J. & Beckett, F. (2019) Challenging the notion of women’s work: male midwives and men who nurse. Presentation to: 27th Florence Network Annual Meeting and Conference: Future forward – The future of nursing and midwifery in a changing health arena. University of Northampton, UK. 2019-04-10
Pendleton, J. & Clews, C. (2017) Transforming lives: student midwives selecting the next generation. Poster presented to: Royal College of Nursing Education Conference, Cardiff, UK. 2017-03-21
Pendleton, J. (2017) The experiences of black and minority ethnic nurses working the UK. British Journal of Nursing, 26 (1): 37-42
Pendleton, J. (2015) Why won’t Polish women birth at home? The Practising Midwife, 18 (8): 34-36
Pendleton, J. (2015) ‘What’s it like being a male midwife?’ British Journal of Midwifery, 23 (7): 466-468