Rob Monks

Dr. Rob Monks

Principal Lecturer in Nursing / Research and Innovation Lead Nursing / Faculty of Health & Wellbeing Research Degree Tutor (RDT) Lead

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB439

+44 (0) 1772 89 5113

Subject Areas: Education, Nursing and Midwifery, Health

Dr Rob Monks joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2004. He is a Principal Lecturer in Nursing. His teaching portfolio mainly involves teaching research methods to postgraduate research students. He is the Research and Innovation Lead for the School of Nursing, the Research Degree Tutor (RDT) for the School of Nursing and the RDT Lead for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Rob’s research interests lie in Teaching & Learning (pedagogy), particularly within Nursing curricula and Postgraduate Research Students (PGRS) programme evaluation.

Full Profile

Dr Rob Monks is a Principal Lecturer in Nursing, he is the Research and Innovation Lead and the Research Degree Tutor (RDT) of the School of Nursing, also he is the RDT Lead for the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. Rob’s teaching focuses on research methods, particularly qualitative methodology and Experienced Based Co-Design. He has been in Higher Education for over 25 years and has taught a spectrum of students including Pre-Registration, Post-Registration students from level 4-to-PhD. Rob qualified as a nurse in 1990 and worked in the medical speciality of practice. He has a BSc degree in Nursing, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.), a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods. His PhD explored aspects of caring for problematic drugs users within a medical ward context, using Grounded Theory methodology. Rob has a Postgraduate Certificate in Postgraduate Research Student Supervision. He has supervised numerous student dissertations/thesis to successful timely completions. Rob’s research interest lies in Teaching & Learning (pedagogical research), particularly concerning PGR Students and nursing programme configuration/course experience. Rob has experience in a range of qualitative research methods and some experience of quantitative methods. He has used a wide range of research methods to address particular research questions, including; qualitative interviews, focus groups, observation and surveys. He has an interest in using Experience Based Co-Design (EBCD) to capture, understand and improve the student experience. Rob has practical research ethics expertise and was an Expert Member (2009-2017) and Chair (2016-2018) of NHS Research Ethics Committee (North West-Preston).


  • Postgraduate Certificate in PhD Supervision University of Central Lancashire 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Bradford 2007
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methods University of Bradford 2001
  • Registered Nurse Tutor (Registered with NMC) 2001
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education P.G.C.E. University of College Suffolk 1996
  • BSc. (Hons) Nursing Studies Manchester Metropolitan University 1994
  • Registered Nurse Blackburn School of Nursing 1990


Mulugeta, B; Williamson, S; Monks, R; Hack, T; Beaver, K. (2017) The views of UK based black men towards cancer: A constructivist grounded theory study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing Corresponding DOI information: 10.1016/j.ejon.2017.04.005

Monks, R (2015) Commentary on: Slatyer S, Williams AM, Michael R. Seeking empowerment to comfort patients in severe pain: a grounded theory study of the nurse’s perspective. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2015; 52:229–39. Evidence Based Nursing, published online June 8, 2015

Monks, R; Newell, R; Topping, A. (2013) The dissonant care management of illicit drug users in medical wards, the views of nurses and patients: a grounded theory study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 (4). pp. 935-946. ISSN 03092402

Burton, C., Duxbury, J., French, B., Monks, R., Carter, B. (2009) Re-visioning the doctoral research degree in nursing in the United Kingdom. Nurse Education Today, 29 (4). pp. 423-431. ISSN 02606917

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Research Activities

Capturing and understanding staff and students experiences/views of Module Assessment Group Supervision (MAGS): An Experience Based Co-Design (EBCD) Study.

To Explore the New Nurse Educator role from the perspectives of staff delivering the Pre-Registration Nursing Course: A Qualitative Interview Study

A pilot study capturing and understanding the experiences of Postgraduate Research Students (PGRS) and the university staff who interface with them, using Experience Based Co-Design Methodology.


  • Development of the Researcher Toolkit
  • Developing catalogue of learning for PGR Students
  • Mental Toughness in Pre-Registration Students
  • The Connected Curriculum
  • Developing research gate-keeping strategies for School of Nursing


Health Education Authority

Rob is a member of the Health Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI) and qualitative research interest groups in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing.

External Affiliations

  • HRA – Member/Chair of NW Preston Research Ethics Committee (REC) 2009-2018


Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Current teaching portfolio

  • NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods
  • NU4005 Writing and Presentation Skills
  • NU4074 Improving Delivery of Services Through Implementation Science

Research Registry

  • Annual Assessment of Progression Student Briefing
  • Managing the Research Programme Approval
  • Managing MPhil to PhD Transfer
  • PGR Student Supervision Training


  • Rob has undertaken numerous internal PhD/MSc examinations
  • Acts as Independent Chair for newly appointed Internal Examiners
  • External Examiner for 3 areas of the University of Huddersfield’s MSc portfolio
  • MSc Health Service Research PT
  • MSc Health Studies FT/PT
  • MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care)


Shillitoe, S., Monks, R., Williamson, S., Kenny, D., (2018) Exploring the newly qualified nurses expectations and experiences of being a Registered Nurse when exposed to the realities of practice. Global Health Conference, University of Central Lancashire.

Monks, R. (2015) A study exploring the experiences of family and friends of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit to promote family-centred quality care improvement: using EBCD methodology. Experienced Based Co-Design Mental Health Group, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. (Invited Speaker)

Monks, R. and Billington, J. (2015) Putting service user experience under the microscope to Re-Design services: Using Experience Based Co-Design. School of Health Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

Crook, K., Monks, R., Sanders, C., O’Connor, M., Carter, B. (2015) Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurses’ Experiences of using the Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient Held Record in Clinical Practice. British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Conference.

Monks, R. (2009) Dissonant Care Delivery to Illicit Drug Users in Acute Care Settings. A Grounded Theory Study. 1st International Congress on Nurse Education, Research and Practice. Thessaloniki, Greece. (Oral Presentation)

Monks, R and Robertson, S. (2009) Evaluation of a Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Health & Well-being Programme. 1st International Congress on Nurse Education Research and Practice. Thessaloniki, Greece. (Poster Presentation).

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