Robert Dudley

Robert Dudley stood in front of window in suit attire

Head of School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Head of School

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Academic Qualifications:

Registered Nurse (RN)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
BSc (Hons) in Health
MA in Education (Dist)

Robert is Head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery. His professional background is in nursing and his area of practice was within the field of Critical Care, Immunology and Allergy.

He provides leadership to the three departments within the school namely, nursing, midwifery and CPD and apprenticeships.

Robert has over 20 years’ academic experience and is passionate about the university values of widening participation, diversity, equality, and inclusion and the school’s ability to ensure that students have the best possible chance of succeeding in their chosen career.

Robert works with a number of key external stakeholders in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors reflecting the considerable work-based opportunities for learners and students.

Robert is a member of the University’s Leadership Group and Academic Board and has held a number of External Examiner roles at various UK universities, including Queens University Belfast, Brighton and Teesside University and the Universities of Ulster, Leeds and Plymouth.   

Teaching Interests

Problem Based Learning

Critical Care Nursing

Research Interests

Robert is interested in all aspects of nurse education, and his research interests lie in the areas of student’s fitness to practise and practice governance.

He also holds honoured affiliations through fellowships with the Higher Education Academy, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Honor Society of Nursing Phi Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu Chapter) Honor Society of Nursing

Professional Registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council

Member of the Royal College of Nursing

Member of Academic Board

Member of the University’s Leadership Group

Recent Publications

Fordham Barnes, A; Jackson, P; Dudley, R; Baker, T; Astley-Cooper, J (2018). Curriculum development initiatives to assure students are placed in well-led, safe, responsive, effective and caring practice learning environments. 7th International Nurse Education Conference: Research, Scholarship and Evaluation, Ensuring Nursing Leadership in Education, Practice and Healthcare, Banff, Canada

Fordham-Barnes, A; Dudley, R; Pinfield, J; Baker, T; Jackson, P; Armstrong, C; Astley-Cooper, J; Breakwell, R (2017). How Influential are the Care Quality Commission Health and Social Care Services Inspections on Curriculum Development? NET 2017 Conference, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Farquharson, N, Dudley, R; Hardwick, S (2017) What Barriers to Paramedic Education Exist for BME Groups? Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol 9, No1, P19-25

Fordham-Barnes, A; Dudley, R, Jackson, P (2017) The Strategies to Assure Students are Placed in Safe, Effective, Caring and Well Led Practice Learning Environments to Support and Retain the Future Nursing Workforce. Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, HEAs Annual Conference, Manchester

External Roles

Member of the UK Council of Deans of Health

Trustee of the Charles Hastings Education Centre

Member of the Integrated Care System (ICS) Strategic Academy Steering Group

Member of the Integrated Care System (ICS) Nursing and Midwifery Faculty