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Professor: Lack of research threatens the future of nursing within higher education


Lack of research threatens the future of nursing within higher education.

That’s according to Debbie Roberts, a Professor in Nurse Education and Clinical Learning at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

Professor Roberts says nursing’s place within universities will remain insecure because the subject is not underpinned by enough research when taught in the classroom.

She will share her views and explore the topic at a free public lecture in Wrexham on Thursday June 11, entitled Evidence-based Practice in Nurse Education: Are we practising what we preach?

Professor Roberts said: “Nursing education has been undertaken in university settings for over 70 years but despite recent commitments by many governments to secure an all-graduate nursing workforce, nursing’s place in higher education may remain insecure.

“I’m keen to explore the relationship between teaching and research and how the profession can practise what it preaches and move towards a research agenda.”

Professor Roberts’ talk is part of Glyndŵr University’s Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series, which are open to all and free to attend.

The programme aims to showcase and celebrate the academic excellence of the university’s professorial staff and bring leading research and thinking to the wider community.

Originally from Essex, Professor Roberts has lived in Wrexham for more than 25 years.

She joined Glyndŵr University in 2012 as a Reader with expertise in bridging the teaching-research gap.

Katie Dutton, events coordinator for Glyndŵr University, said: “Most students will have left for the summer by the time Professor Roberts’ lecture takes place but our commitment to academic and research excellence continues all year round.

“Nursing and nurse eductaion is always at the forefront of public interest and its future is vital to the prosperity and health of the UK.

“The lecture promises to spark some fascinating debate and discussion and we look forward to welcoming everyone on the evening,” added Katie.

The talk is free and takes place at the Catrin Finch Centre from 7pm.

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