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Research Strengths

The School of Nursing and Midwifery's key objective is to build on past achievements and to focus on the next stage in the development of our new post graduate students, existing researchers and our international contribution to healthcare research and its translation into policy and practice. To achieve this objective the School has undertaken a broad, internal, external and international scoping and consultation process within a range of key stakeholders and policies. The output from this process is the convergence and centralisation of our research into a matrix of key research strengths with cross cutting themes.

Developing a whole school research community (QuickTime movie)

This is a short presentation by Sylvia Huntley-Moore, Director, Staff Education and Development, Dr Gabrielle McKee, Assistant Director of Research and Prof Catherine Comiskey, Director of Research here at the School. It gives an overview of the school's approach to developing a whole School research community from undergraduate to PhD and beyond. (QuickTime movie, 135mb). The School's Research Matrix (PDF) is referenced in the presentation as well as the School's Research Portfolio 2006-2009 (PDF, 4.4 Mb).

Cross Cutting Themes

Technological Innovation in Healthcare, Service Outcomes, Pathways, Evaluation, Interventions, Prevention, Evidenced Based Policy and Practice, Continuing Professional Development, Education, Management and Research led Teaching.


Qualitative Methodologies, Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Narrative, Feminist Methodologies, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics.

Quantitative Methodologies and Designs, Longitudinal Studies, Randomised Control Trials, Surveys, Mathematical and Statistical Modelling, Systematic Reviews, Action Research and Mixed Methods Designs.

Our key strengths identifed in the School's Research Matrix (PDF) are:

Staff members are happy for you to contact them if you would like any further information on any of our projects. If you have a research topic that you do not see included in our portfolio please contact us to discuss your ideas.

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