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A successful clinical career as a District Nurse culminated in a move to Keele University in 2003. Over the ensuing 19 years, Julie has incrementally achieved excellence in learning and teaching and the leadership of students and colleagues within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the wider University. Julie’s journey started as a Clinical Skills Lecturer, instrumental in developing a comprehensive programme of skills teaching, to a respected Adult Field Lecturer, leading popular, positively evaluated modules and more recently to an innovative lead of the specialist practice post-registration programme for District Nurse education, recognised regionally and nationally as both innovative and inspirational.

Throughout her time at Keele, and more specifically over the last 8 years, Julie’s role has developed to include a range of key programme and school senior roles. Through undertaking these roles, Julie has developed, both personally and professionally, effectively preparing her from more senior roles. Julie was appointed Dean for Education (0.5WTE) for the faculty, alongside a leadership role within the School of Nursing in 2018.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), the largest of three within Keele, houses students studying across four schools. Julie’s role as Dean was to develop, support and lead pedagogical innovation and programme development across the full provision of the faculty, ensuring the best student experience and the provision of innovative academic programmes.

Following a rigorous process, Julie was promoted to Professor of District Nursing in January 2020; a promotion was awarded in recognition of Julie’s academic and professional achievements in the discipline of nursing and’ specifically’ District Nursing. In April 2021, following a scrupulous selection process, Julie was appointed to the role of Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University. Julie is proud to lead this innovative, high performing School and is working closely with her Executive Team and colleagues across the school to optimise curriculum delivery, to develop and embed authentic simulation and to develop pioneering scholarship and research opportunities.