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Professor Dawne Gurbutt

Professor of Collaborative Education
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Dawne is a person-centred health practitioner with extensive experience of working in areas of social deprivation. She is committed to widening participation, community engagement, collaborative education and service user engagement. . Committed to collaboration and building communities, she works across traditional boundaries developing connections and educational opportunities.

Dawne leads on Collaborative Learning and Teaching across the university as head of the Centre for Collaborative Learning She works across the university to facilitate interprofessional and interdisciplinary education to enable students to learn with, from and about each other and their graduate roles and to support colleagues in working collaboratively. She is committed to collaborative learning and working with stakeholders and service users in IPE to improve patient outcomes. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education( CAIPE) and is also a member of the CAIPE Board where she co-leads the Learning and Teaching group with Professor Juanjo Buenza, University of Madrid . Drawing on her background in Public Health and work on interprofessional education she was commissioned by CAIPE in 2016 to produce the first book in their Collaborative Practice series: Gurbutt, D.J. (2016 “Working Collaboratively in Public Health.” London: Taylor and Francis. She has also authored books on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Culture and Collaboration in Higher Education. Working in close collaboration with individuals and groups has been a continuous and consistent thread throughout her career in health and education. Dawne is a Governor at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and a former staff member of the Board at UCLan.

Dawne is an experienced practitioner and academic with a background in public health. After qualifying she worked in areas of social deprivation across the North of England working directly with families and communities. An experienced academic she holds qualifications in a range of discipline areas including Health, Education, Literature and the Social Sciences and has managed a wide range of provision in different HE settings. This experience has led to a keen interest in collaborative practice and education. She has been involved in mentoring and coaching for many years and has published and presented in this area including international workshops. Interactions and narrative is a continuing area of interest. Dawne has held strategic roles including working across the four nations of the UK as Discipline Lead for Health in the Higher Education Academy, UK. Her role in the HEA included commissioning, designing, managing and delivering projects and programmes on pedagogy, public involvement, creativity in teaching and learning and she led on national initiatives including the development of an integrated PPI strategy for Health, internationalisation of the health curriculum and developing/commissioning resources to support HEI colleagues in Health. She also worked with institutional teams as a facilitator with the Change Academy. Whilst at the HEA she led on initiatives to increase collaboration across disciplines and to explore innovative ways of working to support a wider notion of ‘collaborative learning’ and to cross-fertilise learning techniques and tools across disciplines. She represented the HEA on national forums on simulation in HE and creativity in the curriculum involving work with Flipped Classroom approaches, developing MOOCs and working on virtual reality resources with colleagues in Canada. She was a co- founder of the Lived Experience Network which provides a forum for service users, educators, students and practitioners to share best practice and innovation and to support each other in problem solving – the network now has a large national and growing international membership.

  • PhD : Centre for Science Studies, University of Lancaster, 2005
  • MA English Literature
  • MA Educational Research (Distinction)
  • MA Health Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing
  • BA (Education with Psychology)
  • PG Advanced Certificate in Research Supervision
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Education
  • Collaborative Education
  • Academic Development
  • Interprofessional Education alongside Health
  • Collaborative Learning
  • On-line learning
  • Creativity in the Curriculum
  • Service User Engagement
  • Bereavement and Identity
  • Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education
  • Deputy Director of Teaching Excellence Alliance
  • Deputy Chair of Best Evidence in Medical Education International Collaboration Centre
  • National Association of Educators in Practice
  • Principal Fellow UKPSF