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RGU appoints new Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery


Karen Strickland has been appointed to the position of Associate Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Karen Strickland has been appointed to the position of Associate Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University (RGU).Karen joined RGU in December 2013 from Edinburgh Napier University where she worked as a Senior Lecturer & Senior Teaching Fellow in the Office of the Vice Principal (Academic). She succeeds Professor Ruth Taylor who was appointed to the post of Deputy Dean (Quality and Student Experience) at Anglia Ruskin University.

Karen trained as a Registered General Nurse at North Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery and began her career as a clinical nurse in Edinburgh before becoming a research nurse, then lecturer in cancer and palliative care at Marie Curie Cancer Care.

In 2003 Karen was appointed as a lecturer in chronic illness, cancer and palliative care at Edinburgh Napier University and played a key role in developing technology enhanced learning approaches in the school. She was seconded to lead the development and implementation of the University’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy and Resource Bank.

She has since lead a number of university-wide enhancement projects in her most recent post of Senior Lecturer in the Office of the Vice Principal which focused on academic and staff development.

Karen has particular interest in developing and supporting research and scholarly activity in both students and academic staff said she was looking forward to working at RGU and playing a key role in the development learning and teaching initiatives and contributing to the research portfolio of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She said: “I am excited to have joined RGU and this post gives me the opportunity to work within a creative and innovative environment where the student experience is central to our activities. 

“I look forward to working with our healthcare partners to ensure our courses deliver healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled, enabling them to meet the needs of the wider population. This post gives me the opportunity to contribute to leading the School’s future developments in teaching and research.”

Karen has contributed to wider debates in higher education by being a panellist for the Guardian Higher Education and was commissioned to co-author a discussion paper for the QAA Enhancement Theme, Developing and Supporting the Curriculum.

She sits of the editorial board of the Staff and Educational Development Association publication, Educational Developments and is a founding editor of a recently launched open access journal, the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice.

Karen has recently completed her PhD with a qualitative study on the biographical impact of a new diagnosis of MS and has completed two Cochrane systematic reviews in breast cancer care. She has published consistently and presented at numerous national and international conferences on areas such as palliative care, nurse education, curriculum development and technology enhanced learning. 

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport