Robert Dudley

Robert Dudley stood in front of window in suit attire

Head of School

Head of School

Contact Details

tel: 01905 85 5235

Academic Qualifications:

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)
BSc (Hons)
MA - Education (Distinction)

Robert is currently the Head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery. A registered nurse by profession, Robert is accountable for strategic leadership, performance and management of the School. Since joining the University in 2004, Robert has held a number of leadership roles including, Programme Director, Head of Department,  Associate/Deputy Head of Institute and  Head of School. 

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.

Teaching & Research


  • Problem Based Learning
  • Critical Care Nursing


  • Inter-professional education & simulated learning
  • Problem-based Learning

Professional Experience

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu Chapter) Honor Society of Nursing
  • Professional Registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Member of the University's Board of Governors
  • Member of Academic Board
  • Member of the University’s Leadership Group


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

Taylor, A., Torney, L., Baxter, S., Johnson, D., OBrien, A., Owen, P., Dudley, R., Turner, A., Jones, L, (2016) Leadership: The Ghost at the IPE Table - Stakeholder Perspectives on Leadership in Pre-Registration Curricula

Chamley, C; OBrien, S; Wrench, T; Price, L; Dudley, R; Torney, T; Kennedy, M (2016) Compassion-in-Action: Compassionate Practice Education. Development of a bespoke online multi-source feedback tool (MSFT), NET Conference, Churchill College, Cambridge

Understanding and Maximising Leadership in Pre registration Healthcare Curricula (2015), Jones, L; Turner, A; Torney, L; Baxter, S; Johnson, D; OBrien, A; Owen, P; Taylor, A; Dudley, R. HEE (West Midlands) Report

Farquharson, N; Perry, J; Dudley, R; Quallington, J; Lapworth, T; Bradley, E; Bennett, C Preece, E, (2015) Skills Enhancement in Rural Communities (SERC) - Phase 1 Evaluation. A Collaborative Evaluation between Worcestershire Health & Care Trust, Health Education West Midlands and the Institute of Health & Society at the University of Worcester

Owen, P; Torney L; Johnson, D; Taylor, A; Baxter S; O'Brien A; Dudley, R; Turner A; Jones, L; (2015) Leadership and Healthcare Education: Stakeholder Perspectives on Leadership in the Pre-Registration Curricula. NET Conference, Cambridge

OBrien, A, Torney L, Baxter S, Johnson, D, Taylor, A, Owen, P, Dudley, R, Turner A, & Jones, L (2015). From Student Recruitment to Graduation: How Are We Developing the Physiotherapy Leaders of the Future in the West Midlands? Play Therapy Conference, Warwickshire UK

External Responsibilities

  • Member of the Council of Deans for Health
  • Co-chair of the Local Workforce Action Board
  • Trustee of the Charles Hastings Education Centre

External Examinerships:

  • University of Ulster (2019-present)
  • Leeds University, (2016- 2020)
  • Queens University, Belfast (2012-2016)
  • Plymouth University (2009-2013)
  • University of Brighton (2005-2010)
  • Teesside University (2005-2009)