Linda has been with UCLan for 23 years and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. Prior to this Linda spent several years in a variety of professional practice roles within the NHS (Staff Nurse/Sister (General Nursing), Community Nurse, School Nurse, Health Visitor, Public Health Nurse). Linda has seventeen years’ experience in teaching in developing and teaching social science-based degree programmes, including several undergraduate programmes in Health and Wellbeing, Public Health and Community Health studies, and at post graduate level, the MSc Applied Public Health. She has a first-class Honours Degree in Community Health, and a Master’s degree on Higher Education Research. | Linda has also worked on a variety of research projects within the university, particularly as part of a team with the Healthy Settings Development Unit where she developed, piloted and implements the ‘Healthy Stadia’ programme and toolkit. Linda has also worked on a range of consultative/evaluation projects for a number Health Authorities throughout the UK and has contributed to several pieces of work commissioned by the Department of Health.
Linda is currently teaches across a range of post graduate and undergraduate programmes including the MSc in Applied Public Health, MA in Adult Nursing, BA (Hons) in Sexual Health, and BSc in Exercise, Nutrition and Health. She is further developing her knowledge and understanding of course development and improving the student experience. She is particularly interested in the globalisation of higher education, how students from different cultures learn, and how all students can best be supported in the learning situation. This interest has culminated in a piece of research which explores the learning needs of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels from a qualitative perspective. This research has informed her teaching practice and has been used to improve and develop teaching and learning methods across the range of programmes on which Linda teaches.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Central Lancashire (1996-present) School Nurse, Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust (1993-1996) Staff Nurse (surgical, medical, orthopaedic, theatre, ear, nose & throat/eye) Furness General Hospital (1990-1993)
- MA Education (Research), University of Central Lancashire (2008-2010)
- BA (Hons) Health Studies (Community Health), First Class, University of Central Lancashire (1993-1996)
- Diploma in School Nursing, University of Central Lancashire (1991-1993)
- Registered General Nurse, Nurse Education Centre, Furness General Hospital (1982-1985)
- Regional School Nurse Award (1995)
- Outdoor activities: fell walking, climbing, caving, diving, bird watching
- Other Interests: reading, food and cooking,
- Member of Public Health Association UK
- Member of Higher Education Council
- Referee for Global Health Promotion (2017-2018)
- Referee for Journal of Health Promotion (2004-2005)