Middlesex University

Who are we

Middlesex University is a Higher Education Institution (HEI) located in Hendon, North West London, England within the historic county boundaries of Middlesex. It was formally organised as a teaching institution in 1973 gaining University status in 1992. Middlesex University currently employs more than 1,700 staff, including many notable leaders in their academic field, as well as active practitioners and committed researchers. The student population is approximately 25,000. The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is one of four faculties within the university. It hosts several research centres and the specific ones with a focus on nursing and midwifery are:

–  Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health which is headed by Professor Irena Papadopoulos. The Centre has collaborated with a number of community groups, voluntary organisations and statutory health providers to conduct research on the broad health and social needs of immigrant groups. The Centre has received funding from European, national and local sources. These include the EU Life Long Learning Programme, the EU Erasmus/Socrates programme, the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health Research, the North Central London Workforce Development Confederation, the National Lottery, The Welsh Assembly Government, Macmillan Cancer Relief fund and various London Boroughs.

-The Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery (CCRNM) draws together researchers in nursing and midwifery within the School of Health and Education.

– Centre for Practice Learning which focuses on clinical learning environments, supporting student learning, mentorship and pedagogical experiences of nurse and midwifery  programmes.

– Centre for Coproduction in Mental Health and Social Care which provides a hub for innovative and radical scholarship that is co-produced between service users, their organisations and communities, carers and staff and the infrastructure for expanding co-production activity in mental health and social care.


Why we are Participating in the Project

The project is important for increasing awareness of intercultural care needs and approaches for older people especially in London and the UK with its ageing and increasingly diverse population. This project complements our work in Transcultural care and Care of the Older Person and Dementia Care modules and placement areas (acute and community based).

Our Role in the Project

Within the team we have a wealth of experience of transcultural nursing and specialist areas in older person care. We also have a state of the art skills laboratory and simulation is at the heart of nurse education.   Our role in this project is to support and co-create learning resources, lessons, innovate and enrich curricula for  nursing students.

Middlesex University’s Department Nursing and Midwifery currently recruits and prepares over 400 nurses and midwives annually via a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses and working in close partnership with National Health service (NHS) providers in North London. The largest programme is the BSc (hons) Nursing Adult pre-registration programme.  Partnering with a variety of schools, education settings, charitable, private and public sector organisations, the school has a history of pioneering excellence that is recognised worldwide. Our Centre for Practice Learning unit has lead research and practice into Placement Learning across London.  Our skills laboratories have pioneered simulation including augmented and virtual reality as well as varied online video simulations approaches. One of the team was also previously involved in an EU project developing low fidelity simulation learning resources for practical skills (ISPAD).

We have also been involved in a number of other British Council funded Erasmus programmes and so have experience of protocols and liaising with partners from a variety of environments and cultural situations outside of London and the UK. Alongside our quality assurance experience and our experience with nurse exchange we will use our skills for development of the learning resources  and disseminating this widely across  a variety of nursing and mental healthcare programmes.

Our Team

Sheila Cunningham

Sheila Cunningham

Deputy Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange (Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education)

Sheila is a nurse and associate professor with many years’ experience of Erasmus and exchange for nursing students but also more recently virtual exchanges. She also teaches on the nursing programmes, Continuous Professional Development
programmes/events, research supervisor (MSc and PhD). She is a National Teaching Fellow (2020) &
Principal Teaching Fellow (AdvanceHE) supporting evidence generation and improvements in nursing
and healthcare programmes.

Nora Cooper

Nora Cooper

Senior Lecturer Practice Based Learning

Nora is part of the Practice Based Learning Unit at Middlesex University. Her main teaching responsibilities are related to preparing staff who teach and assess in the clinical area. She is also involved in teaching on the nursing programme. For the last eight years she has been part of the educational audit team who undertake audits in the clinical areas

Pam Hodge

Pam Hodge

Senior Lecturer in Practice Learning

Pam is part of the Practice Based Learning Unit at Middlesex University. Her main teaching responsibilities are related to preparing staff who teach and assess in the clinical area. She is also a mental health nurse with considerable experience and is actively involved in teaching on the nursing programme. She is part of the educational audit team who undertake clinical education audits in the clinical areas