Dr Helen Aveyard

Principal Lecturer - Student Experience

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Helen Aveyard


Helen Aveyard is a Principal Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, in the subject of Adult Nursing where she is involved in the teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Prior to this she held a research scholarship in Health Care Ethics at King's College University of London where she undertook a doctoral study examining the ways in which informed consent is addressed by nurses prior to nursing care procedures.

Helen is a registered nurse and has had several years clinical experience caring for people with HIV/AIDS. She has presented and published widely on nursing ethics and health care research, including a series of books; ‘Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care’ (now in its 4th Edition which was nominated for a British Medical Associated award in 2015), ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Evidence Based Practice’ (2nd Edition) with Pam Sharp and ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing’ with Pam Sharp and Mary Woolliams which was nominated for a British Medical Association Award in 2012. A postgraduate text ‘A post-graduate’s guide to doing a literature review’ was published in early 2016, written with co-authors Sheila Payne and Nancy Preston. She has also co-authored the 3rd edition of an established textbook 'Nursing Research' with Pam Moule and Margaret Goodman which was also published in 2016.

Teaching/Research interests

  • The application of /understanding of evidence based practice at novice /beginner level
  • Informed consent prior to nursing care procedures
  • The generalisability and diversity of qualitative research methods
  • Methods for doing a literature review at different levels of study
Helen Aveyard

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Dissertation modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level study


Currently supervising several doctoral students, whose topics include patients experiences of readmission in the acute trust, patients' experiences and perceptions of prompting nurses to wash their hands, managaing end of life in the emergency setting, sexuality and young people with IBS.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Ria Betteridge Wound Care as a Fundamental of Nursing Practice Active
Alice Green Can Shared Governance improve the motivation of bedside nurses? Active
Ms Neesha Oozageer Gunowa Evaluation of the educational preparation of registered nurses in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in relation to pressure ulcer (PU) identification and assessment, particularly focusing on skin t Active
Yuhan Zhang Remote nursing prescribing in the current climate Active
Ms Maxmiller “Maxine” Buyanga How do organisational and social contexts influence mealtimes on wards caring for the older person aged 65 years and above? 2022




  • A synthesis of the evidence for effective parenting support
  • Critical friends project
  • Evaluation of student engagement with an online undergraduate research methods module in healthcare
  • Mentorship
  • Paradigms in nursing research
  • Publication standards in literature reviews


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council