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Cancer expert given senior role at Scottish nursing school

Karen Strickland has been appointed associate head of the school of nursing and midwifery at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.

Ms Strickland joins from Edinburgh Napier University where she worked as a senior Lecturer and senior teaching fellow.

She succeeds Professor Ruth Taylor who has become deputy dean at Anglia Ruskin University.

Ms Strickland 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 she was appointed as a lecturer in chronic illness, cancer and palliative care at Edinburgh Napier University and was credited with playing a key role in developing technology enhanced learning approaches there.  

A statement from Robert Gordon University said Ms Strickland has a particular interest in supporting research by both students and academic staff and said she was looking forward to contributing to the school’s research portfolio.

She added: “This post gives me the opportunity to contribute to leading the school’s future developments in teaching and research.”

Ms Strickland recently completed her PhD with a qualitative study on the biographical impact of a new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and has completed two Cochrane systematic reviews in breast cancer care.

She has also been a panellist for Guardian Higher Education and is a founding editor of a recently launched open access journal, the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice.


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