Ms Lai Yen Polenz

Ms Lai Yen Polenz

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Senior Lecturer


Phone: 0208 725 0326

Location: St George's University of London


Lai Yen joined Kingston & St George's in 2000 following a twenty-year career as a midwife, practice teacher and lecturer.

She teaches and assesses students on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery, MSc Healthcare Practice programme, BSc Health Care Practice Workforce Development programmes and the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice. She is a personal tutor to a range students on undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes and to students on the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice.

Lai Yen currently holds the role of Admissions Tutor, working with Jane Forman, responsible for recruitment, selection and admissions.

Lai Yen is an active member of Croydon's Breastfeeding Strategy and Working Group, aimed at promoting breastfeeding in Croydon.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • MSc, Midwifery Studies
  • Supervisor of Midwives
  • PgCert, Education of Adults
  • ENB 997 (Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice for Midwives)
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery
  • ENB 402 (Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn)
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Nurse

Professional experience

  • 1992 - present
    Senior Lecturer,
  • 1989 - 1992
    Practice teacher,
  • 1980 - 1988

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Lecturer/Practice Educator, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Research interests

Midwifery - Genealogy research into medical discourses Education - students‚?? perceptions of academic feedback and assessment. Student midwives' knowledge and skills; involvement of service users in recruitment of students.

Grants and funding

  • 2015
    Polenz LY, Forman J, Paget K, Chambers M, Hickey, G, Marshall JE, Exploring the diversity of patient and public involvement in the design and delivery of education and research within the Faculty's health and social care programmes. Awarded £4,000 from FHSCE Small Research Projects Scheme, Kingston University: February 2015.