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Sarla Gandhi

Principal Lecturer - Academic Development
School of Nursing

Sarla is academic development lead in the School of Nursing, with responsibility for student experience, quality and learning and teaching. Sarla has over 20 years experience of working in higher education. With background in neurosurgical nursing/neuro-critical care Sarla developed a number of post registration courses and modules. Sarla has taught on a range of programmes including pre and post registration nursing, paramedic practice and operating department practice. Sarla is a senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Sarla's role academic development and this includes student experience, quality and learning and teaching; for Sarla, these three aspects interact with each other to ensure that students are at the centre of what we do in the School. Recently Sarla has coordinated curriculum development/enhancement with a diverse team of colleagues through to a very successful periodic review. Staff development is central to Sarla's role and is embedded into the culture of the School of Nursing. The introduction of key practices within the School, (then Faculty) such as module assessment group support was developed and implemented by Sarla. Sarla is involved in several university level working groups including those linked to student experience and quality. Sarla is undertaking a professional doctorate looking at how new registerable roles are embedded into healthcare practice.

Sarla started working at UCLan as a lecturer-practitioner in 2000 after 11 years as a neurosurgical nurse, from staff nurse on qualification as a registered nurse to Clinical Nurse Practitioner on Neurosurgery with her own caseload of patients. Whilst at UCLan, Sarla has lead on several modules, worked as a course leader, her most recent course leadership was for the Post Graduate Certificate Health and Social Care Education which was approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as the Higher Education Academy. Academic development is Sarla's forte even before she was appointed to her current role. Sarla is member of the Faculty Athena Swan team which was awarded Bronze status and has been involved in activities linked to Athena Swan in the faculty including mentoring. Whilst School of Health lead for Disability Sarla was integral to the development and implementation of work linked to supporting students with disabilities in the workplace with colleagues Mandy Dunbar and Pauline Wood. A passion for teaching and learning has seen Sarla present locally, nationally and internationally on patchwork assessment.