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    My name Dr Rob Monks, and I am a Registered Nurse, Adult Field. I have worked as a Nurse in healthcare organisations in Lancashire and Greater Manchester. I transitioned into higher education 24 years ago initially as a Lecturer at the University of Suffolk, later I moved to the University of Bradford, before moving to the University of Central Lancashire as a Senior Lecturer in 2004. At UCLan I became a Principal Lecturer in Research and Innovation and was Lead Research Degree Tutor for PGR students for the Faculty of Health. I joined Edge Hill University in Jan 2021 and in March 2021 became Associate Head of Department, later becoming Head of Department in February 2023.


    As an advocate for evidence-based practice and evidence-based education, I have experience in supervising PhD/Prof Doc students in exploring real world clinical practice issues in acute and critical care. Moreover, I have experience in developing and evaluating innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment by undertaking pedagogical evaluations. For example, exploring supervisory processes in PGR students and evaluating Module Assessment Group Supervision. Methodologically, I have experience of using experience-based co-design (EBCD) and have publications in this area. I also have a keen interest in qualitative methodology, particularly Grounded Theory.  


    My expertise in nurse education ranges from module leader, programme/course leadership, research degree admissions tutor, R&I Lead. Curriculum development lead. Both Pre and Post registration validations and pedagogical evaluations.   


    I have significant experience in PGR/PhD supervision, supervising many MRes, PhD and Prof Doc’s to successful timely completions. I have examined a range of MRes, PhD’s and Prof Doc’s. I have also chaired PhD exams in supporting new viva voce examiners. I have also supervised numerous MSc taught dissertations. I have also undertaken numerous mock PhD vivas.


    I have chaired School and Faculty Research Ethics Committees. I was also an expert member and Chair of Preston HRA NHS Ethics Committee. I have also supported REF with regards to environment and organisation symposia and 3 Minute Thesis for PGR students.   


    I have refereed for numerous journals. I have published empirical research and discussion pieces in refereed clinical nursing journals and pedagogical journals. I have also presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.  


    I have responsibility for management and leadership for the Department of Adult Nursing and Primary, particularly meeting the School and Faculties KPIs.  I Chair numerous committees in the School of Nursing. I have responsibility for 40 staff in my department and Line Management responsibility for a range of staff grades and responsibilities.


    The above demands excellent management, leadership and motivational skills, which have been acquired from my extensive experience of working in the HE sector and partaking in management and leadership training programmes. I am self-motivated, conscientious, and proactive in dealing with challenges by taking a solution focused approach.

    Research interests

    Pedagical Research

    Critical Care Evaluations 

    Experiene based Co-Design Methodology 

    Qualitative Research

    Grounded Theory 


    Pre and post registration Nursing

    Acute Care

    Research methods 

    External engagement

    External Examiner University of Keele

    Links with Northern Qualitative Research groups 

    R&I Lead Preston Hospital 

    Blackpool Trust

    MECC study HEE 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate in Postgraduate Research Supervision, PGCert, University of Central Lancashire


    Award Date: 28 Jul 2008

    Nursing, PhD, A Grounded Theory Study of the Experiences of Illicit Drug Users & Nurses Caring for them on Medical Wards , University of Bradford

    28 Sept 200124 Jun 2007

    Award Date: 24 Jul 2007

    Registered Educator - Practice Educator, NMC


    Award Date: 23 Jul 2001

    Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, PGDip, University of Bradford


    Award Date: 23 Jul 2001

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education, PGCert, University of Suffolk


    Award Date: 22 Jul 1996

    BSc Nursing , BSc


    Award Date: 27 Jun 1994

    Understanding and Application of Research


    Award Date: 27 Jun 1994

    Other positions

    External Examiner, University of Huddersfield

    17 Dec 2017 → …


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