Robert Gordon University has appointed a new nursing professor and specialist in gerontology with over 20 years’ experience working in healthcare education.
Professor Angela Kydd has joined as clinical professor in nursing – a role jointly funded between the university’s school of nursing and midwifery and NHS Grampian.
“It’s absolutely vital that educational establishments and healthcare providers work in partnership”
The role will see her support academics and clinical staff in their research work. She will also work closely with the university’s school of health sciences as the two forge links with NHS Grampian.
Professor Kydd trained as a registered general nurse in 1976 and then as a mental health nurse in 1980.
After undertaking a master’s in gerontology and a post-graduate certificate in nurse education, she began her academic career as a lecturer in gerontology at the University of West Scotland in 1995.
Over the next 21 years, she established degree modules in gerontology, led a nurse specialist in gerontological nursing programme and acted as lead for an MSc in later life.
During this period she also completed her PhD in nursing, focussing on the lived experience of older people classed as delayed discharges.
Professor Kydd has been actively involved in Erasmus Intensive Programmes since 1998 and is a keen supporter of international student exchanges.
In addition, she has worked with the World Health Organization as a consultant for a nurse specialist programme in gerontological nursing and a training manual on vaccine implementers.
“I am certain that our students will benefit from the lessons she can pass on”
Speaking on her new appointment, Professor Kydd said: “I am looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues at both RGU and NHS Grampian as part of this exciting opportunity.
“It’s absolutely vital that educational establishments and healthcare providers work in partnership to ensure not only that students have a truly enriching learning experience, but that society can benefit from the results of such close collaborations,” she said.
Professor Ian Murray, head of the university’s nursing and midwifery school, said: “We are delighted to welcome Angela to the university and look forward to a long and successful working relationship.
“RGU has a long history of working with the health sector and this appointment can only lead to further improvements in the quality of research coming out of our school,” she said.
“In addition, given Angela’s specialism in gerontology, I am certain that our students will benefit from the lessons she can pass on,” she added.