Faculty Dean commissioned to write stimulus paper on nursing and teaching in higher education

Fiona RossProfessor Fiona Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, has been commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education to research and write a “stimulus paper” on the subject of leadership of practice disciplines in higher education.

The research will explore how leaders manage the tension between meeting the needs of employers (to produce graduates ready for the workplace) and satisfying the academic drivers of universities (growth, research excellence and value for money). This work will build on Fiona’s recent interview study of UK nursing deans in a range of pre-1992 and post-1992 universities, which found that nursing as a practice discipline is often viewed with ambivalence by senior management and can lack authority and influence in the academic community.

Fiona’s stimulus paper, to be published in October 2012 following a six month research sabbatical, will look closely at nursing and teaching and study the challenges faced by university leaders of these subjects. She will work with Dr Chris Tye and Professor Di Marks-Maran from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Andy Hudson from Kingston University’s School of Education.

The paper is designed for a wide audience of vice-chancellors, governors and commissioners to spark further debate and to propose ways to develop academic leaders in practice disciplines.