Ms Eleanor Molloy BSc. (Hons), MSc, PGCHE, Dip. H. E. FHEA

Eleanor Molloy

Institute of Applied Health Research
Qualitative Research Fellow

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

El is a Qualitative Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Health Research. El’s research focuses on experiences of, and access to, healthcare for people from seldom heard and marginalised populations. She has a particular focus on using qualitative research methods to answer sensitive or challenging questions.

El is currently the lead research fellow on the multi methods, pre-feasibility study (C-POP Study), exploring the acceptability of a future trial of different surgical interventions for women with pelvic organ prolapse. The C-POP study is funded by National Institute for Health Research.

El’s interests in gender and sexual diversity, access to healthcare, perinatal mental health, birth trauma and infant feeding.


  • PhD Health Sciences, University of Warwick – due to complete 2023
  • Fellowship of Higher Education (FHEA) 2023
  • PGCert Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2023
  • MSc (Child Health), University of Warwick, 2016
  • Dip. H. E. (Breastfeeding Counselling) University of Bedfordshire, 2011
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2001


El began her academic career focusing on quantitative methods – specifically food safety microbiology.


Following maternity leave and a career break, she returned to research and academia at University of Warwick, completing her Masters (Child Health) part-time, whilst working as a Breastfeeding Counsellor.


El’s PhD research focused on experiences of birth trauma, and accessing support for birth trauma for parents from marginalised and racialised groups, particularly LGBTQ+ parents, and mothers who are Black, Asian or dual-heritage, and birthing in the UK.


El has worked on a number of qualitative process evaluations of clinical trials related to maternal and reproductive health.


El worked on an evaluation of the NIHR Associate Principle Investigator (API) Scheme.  The qualitative element of this evaluation explored the experiences of participation in the scheme from the perspectives of the API participant, local PIs and CIs of the research trials involved and other staff across the NIHR Clinical Trials network involved in delivery and participation in the API Scheme. 


She has also worked with colleagues in School of Nursing and Midwifery on a number of projects which focus on risk and violence. 


El has most recently completed the qualitative work package of the SWAN study – an Assessment of Sex Workers Health Needs, funded by Birmingham City Council, and working alongside co-researchers with lived experience of sex work.

El was also named on the successful grant application for the Dept for Education Triennial Serious Case Reviews report (2017-2019). She worked on the in-depth qualitative analysis of Serious Case Reviews where children and young people had been harmed or died, as part of a joint collaboration between University of Birmingham and University of East Anglia.



Research interests

  • Sensitive and challenging questions around healthcare, and equitable access to healthcare, particularly for populations who have historically been under represented in research and underserved in healthcare.

Other activities


  • Proud to be an LGBTQ+ ally at the University of Birmingham

Committee membership:

  • PGR Representative, Warwick Medical School Education Committee (2022-present)
  • Committee member: Early Career Research group of the Society for Infant and Reproductive Psychology (2019- present)

Other roles:

  • NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor (2011 – present)
  • PGR Teaching, BSc Health and Medical Sciences (University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School) (2021-present)


  • Highly commended – Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (PGRs who teach) 2023


Recent publications


Molloy, E, Pilarski, N, Morris, K, Hodgetts-Morton, V & Jones, L 2024, 'Fluidity of Equipoise in a Multi-Centred Pilot RCT: Influences on Clinician Decision-Making in Offering Trial Entry ', European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 296, pp. 170-178.

Hallett, N, Christie, C, Docherty-Smith, J, Welborn, H, Wright, H, Molloy, E, Chandan, J, Croxford, S, Taylor, J & Bradbury-Jones, C 2023, 'Healthcare interventions for sex workers: protocol for a scoping review', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 8, e074983.

Taylor, J, Dickens, J, Garstang, J, Cook, L, Hallett, N & Molloy, E 2023, 'Tackling the ‘normalisation of neglect’: Messages from child protection reviews in England', Child Abuse Review.

Molloy, E, Pilarski, N, Morris, RK, Morton, V & Jones, L 2022, 'The acceptability of emergency cervical cerclage within a randomised controlled trial for cervical dilatation with exposed membranes at 16-27 + 6 weeks gestation: Findings from a qualitative process evaluation of the C-STICH2 pilot trial', European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 279, pp. 27-39.

Hodgetts-Morton, V, Hewitt, CA, Jones, L, Leighton, L, Pilarski, N, Molloy, E, Hinshaw, K, Norman, J, Waugh, J, Stock, S, Thornton, J, Toozs-Hobson, P, Johnston, T, Coomarasamy, A, Thangaratinam, S, Mol, B, Pajkrt, E, Marlow, N, Roberts, T, Middleton, L, Brocklehurst, P & Morris, K 2021, 'C-STICH2: emergency cervical cerclage to prevent miscarriage and preterm birth-study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol. 22, no. 1, 529.

Molloy, E, Biggerstaff, DL & Sidebotham, P 2020, 'A phenomenological exploration of parenting after birth trauma: Mothers perceptions of the first year', Women and Birth, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 278-287.

Bradbury-Jones, C, Molloy, E, Clark, M & Ward, N 2019, 'Gender, sexual diversity and professional practice learning: findings from a systematic search and review', Studies in Higher Education.

Hassenberg, K, Idler, C, Molloy, E, Geyer, M, Plöchl, M & Barnes, J 2007, 'Use of ozone in a lettuce-washing process: An industrial trial', Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol. 87, no. 5, pp. 914-919.

Molloy, E, Hassenberg, K, Plochl, M, Idler, C, Geyer, M & Barnes, J 2003, 'Use of ozonated washing water for the surface decontamination of perishable produce', Acta Horticulturae.

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