The School is committed to advancing scholarship through teaching and research.

Research Brochure (PDF 273KB)

Our Research Aim

To engage with key partners to develop, deliver and disseminate high quality research that is of value to society, those using health and social care services, and the professions of nursing and midwifery.

Our Research Objectives:ENTER Conference

  1. To build on existing research strengths by focusing work programmatically around three key thematic areas.
  2. To build research capability and capacity by proactively nurturing staff and student research development, and by considered appointments of new staff.
  3. To proactively collaborate with external partners and internal partners) to ensure research quality and relevance.
  4. To increase research income year on year in line with the targets in the School plan.
  5. To increase the quality and quantity of published research outputs in line with REF 2020 targets in order to ensure a substantive nursing and midwifery contribution.
  6. Within the context of our overarching scholarship model, to develop mechanisms to ensure our research informs our teaching and practice and, in turn, our learning activities inform our research.

Key Thematic Areas

We have two central core themes for research Person, Family and Community Focussed Health and Wellbeing & Organisation and Delivery of Health & Social Care/Services.

Aligned to these core themes, we have formed two research groups that will lead the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s research activities.  These are:

  • Long-Term Conditions, Palliative and End of Life Care and Bereavement
  • Maternal, Child and Family Health 

The aim of the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s research groups is to undertake applied health research which impacts upon policy, education and practice and fits with RGU’s mission to ‘transform people and communities.’  Each group is organised around a portfolio of internationally recognised research with a transdisciplinary focus conducted in collaboration and partnership with multiple stakeholders: women and men; families and carers; members of the public and our communities; academic, clinical and voluntary sector partners; policy makers; funders and, community and health service leaders.  

Research undertaken by the groups will align with a range of theoretical frameworks and models relating to the development and evaluation of complex interventions and implementation in practice. A range of methodologies including mixed methods, systematic literature reviews, scoping and mapping studies, quantitative and qualitative research, and feasibility and pilot studies moving towards large scale RCTs, if and where appropriate. 

The School Research Committee will be convened by Professor Catriona Kennedy. The purpose of the research committee is to guide the development and conduct of research in the School and the research groups will report through the committee. 

Long-Term Conditions, Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group

Group Lead: Dr Lisa Kidd

The aim of this research group is to conduct high quality, impactful research that aims to improve quality of life in, and the quality and delivery of care and support for, people with a diverse range of physical and mental long-term conditions from diagnosis to end of life.  We will work collaboratively with people affected by long-term conditions and their families, and across disciplines with our clinical, and third sector partners, adopting a co-creative, co-production model of investigation.  Key areas of research within the programme include: supported self-management, rehabilitation, palliative and end of life care, and bereavement support

Maternal, Child and Family Health Research Group

Group Lead: Professor Susan Crowther

The aim of this research group is to conduct high quality, impactful research that aims to improve the quality of maternity, family and paediatric services across primary and hospital sectors. We will work collaboratively with women and their families, and across disciplines with our clinical, and third sector partners, adopting a co-creative, co-production model of investigation.  Key areas of research include: sustainable workforces (e.g. rural and remote midwifery services, models of care provision), women and family’s physical and mental health and wellbeing (e.g. physical, psychological and spiritual) and safe, accessible and acceptable service provision.


All of our academic staff are committed to using best research evidence and many of our staff are involved in carrying out research.

Adult NursingSenior Team

Mental Health Nursing


Children and Young People’s Nursing

Community Nursing & Occupational Health


Senior Management

e-Learning Team

Enquiries about research studies and opportunities should be directed first to Dr Colin Macduff, Head of Research and Scholarly Activity.

Research Degrees

The School has a vibrant community of post graduate research students and there are opportunities to study for Research Masters, PhD and Professional Doctorates in topics related to our main themes.

We welcome enquiries about studying here. Please contact Dr Sundari Joseph, Research Degrees Co-ordinator, for further information.

Applying for a Research DegreeDoctorate of Professional Practice

Recent Doctoral GraduatesFaulty of Health and Social Care

Dr Ziying Shuai: An analysis of policy to practice developments in NMHAPs in Scotland 2005-2010

Dr Elaine Allan: Nursing middle managers’ experiences of role enactment and processes of change across evolving Community Health Partnership organisations

Dr Steve Smith: Becoming: An analysis of narratives describing the experiences of nurses who have undertaken training in solution focused brief therapy


The School has been instrumental in founding the new International Network for Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Nursing (INETDIN) which aims to be the key global site for knowledge about nursing e-theses and dissertations.