Karen Strickland
First Name: Karen
Surname: Strickland
Position: Associate Head of School
Telephone: +44(0)1224 262980

Karen is the Associate Head of School for Nursing and Midwifery.

Karen’s main research interests lie in the areas of chronic conditions, cancer and palliative care. She has recently completed her PhD with a body of work entitled, “A phenomenological exploration of the biographical impact of newly diagnosed MS on the individual and their support person.”

Karen is also passionate about evaluation of learning and teaching and has completed a number of studies mainly focused on technology enhanced learning.

Teaching interests

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Research Methods/Methodology
  • Palliative Care
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Academic Writing

Key funding from external sources

  • QAA Enhancement theme tender
  • CIHR Cochrane reviews
  • Florence Nightingale Scholarship

Any external roles

  • External Examiner for University of Bedfordshire and Salford University
  • Member of editorial board for Educational Developments
  • Member of RCN International Scientific Advisory Panel (2012 & 13)
  • Member of European Conference on eLearning International Scientific Advisory Panel (2012 & 13)
  • Grant panel reviewer for the Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grants.
  • Reviewer for various peer academic journals
  • Founding editor of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
  • Steering group adviser for HEA funded project at Huddersfield University – Students as Teaching and Learning Consultants


Walker, D. and Strickland, K., 2013. Pathways to publishing – Supporting and developing scholarly discourse in academic practice. Educational Developments. 14(3) pp. 15-17.

Williams, A.L., Verwoord, R., Beery, T., Dalton, H., McKinnon, J., Strickland, K., Pace, V. and Poole, G., 2013. The power of social networks: A model for weaving the scholarship of teaching and learning into institutional culture. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2).

Strickland, K., Adamson, E., McInally, W., Tiittanan, H. and Metcalfe, S., 2013. Developing global citizenship online: An authentic alternative to overseas clinical placement. Nurse Education Today, 33, pp. 1160–1165.

Kennedy, C. and Strickland , K., 2013. Loss and bereavement. In: C. Brooker and A. Waugh, eds. Foundations of Nursing Practice. Fundamentals of Holistic Care, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier Science.

Strickland, K., Hill, G. and Gray, C., 2012. The use of podcasts to enhance research-teaching linkages in undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education in Practice, 12, pp. 210-214.

Fotheringham, J., Strickland, K. and Aitchison, K., 2012. Developing and supporting the curriculum: Directions, decisions and debate. Enhancement Themes Discussion Paper. [online]. QAA. Available at:

Minto, F. and Strickland, K., 2011. Anticipating emotion: a qualitative study of advance care planning in the community setting. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(6), pp. 278-284.

Strickland, K., McLatchie, J. and  Pelik, R., 2011. Reflections on the development of a dynamic learning, teaching and assessment strategy. Campus Wide Information Systems, 28(4), pp. 294-298.

Black, P. and Strickland, K., 2011. Palliative care. In: C. Brooker and M. Nicol, eds. Alexander’s Nursing Practice: Hospital and Home. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston.

Wilkinson, S., Gambles, M., Lockhart, K. and Storey, L., 2008. Reflexology for symptom relief in patients with cancer. Cancer Nursing, 31(5), pp. 354-362.

Cruickshank, S., Kennedy, C., Lockhart, K., Dosser, I. and Dallas, L., 2008. Specialist breast care nurses for supportive care of women with breast cancer. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No. CD005634. Available online at:

Lockhart, K., Cruickshank, S., Dosser, I. and Kennedy, C., 2007. Methods of communicating a primary diagnosis of breast cancer to patients. (Review) The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3. Art. No. CD006011.  

Conference presentations:

Strickland, K., 2012. Integrating the scholarship of teaching and learning into institutional culture through a dynamic LTA strategy. International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Strickland, K., 2012.  Structuring online assessment to support progression in professional practice. eAssessment Scotland, University of Dundee.

Strickland, K., 2012. Virtual world nursing: providing a student-led international learning experience via wikis. SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning & Assessment Conference, Chester.

Strickland, K., 2011.  An institutional LTA resource bank: underpinning strategy with practice. SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning & Assessment Conference, Edinburgh.

Strickland, K., 2011.  Using podcasts to engage student in their learning. Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Lockhart, K., 2008. Feet first – reflexology for symptom relief in patients with advanced cancer, a systematic review. International Masterclass in Palliative Care, The Hauge University, Netherlands.

Lockhart, K., 2008. Use of WebCT for large groups: REBP Module Experience. LTA Showcase presented to the Napier University LTA Committee.

Poster presentations:

Strickland, K., 2012. Structuring online assessment to support progression in professional practice. eAssessment Scotland, University of Dundee.

Strickland, K., 2011. Breaking down barriers: Development of a wiki based module to enhance the international learning experience. 10th European Conference on e-Learning, Brighton.

Strickland, K., 2011. Using podcasts to enhance teaching – research linkages. Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, Queens University, Belfast.

Strickland, K., 2010. LTA Strategy 2010 Resource Bank. Edinburgh Napier University Teaching Fellows Conference.

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