Professor June Girvin


Professor Emeritus

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


June is Professor Emeritus of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She is a Registered Nurse, holds a Masters Degree from Cardiff University College of Medicine, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (with Distinction). June's expertise is in leadership and management (in higher education and in health care), and power and politics in relation to the profession of nursing. Until March 2017 she was Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty. June is now retired from Brookes and works independently.

Areas of expertise

June's expertise is in leadership and management (in higher education and in health care), and power and politics in relation to the profession of nursing.  She has published extensively on nursing management and leadership in professional journals and has authored two books. She has a particular interest in the image and the public understanding of nursing.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Occasional contributions to nursing programmes.


  • The image and public understanding of nursing.
  • 20th Century nursing role models.


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Royal College of Nursing – Full member since 1973
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council – Registrant member since 1976
  • Served on Lancet Commission into Nursing 2013-2015


  • Mentor and role model for the Florence Nightingale Foundation Aspiring Leaders Programme.
  • Mentor for the Council of Deans UK Student Leadership #150Leaders programme.
  • Coaching and mentorship for private individuals.
  • Recent role model and mentor for the Higher Education Leadership Foundation's Aurora Programme.

Other experience

  • Elected member of the Executive body of the Council of Deans of Health UK 2013 -2016
  • Appointed Governor for Oxford University NHS Trust 2014-2016
  • Appointed Governor for Oxford Health NHS Trust 2014 – 2016
  • Founding Board member of the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre 2014-2016
  • Board member of Thames Valley LETB (pre HETV) 2012-15
  • Elected Chair of HETV Education Expert Reference Group 2012-2015

Additional information

  • Participant in the Women's Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School in 2013.
  • Completed the Higher Education Leadership Foundation's Top Management Programme in 2009.
  • Participant in the CASE study tour of Canada exploring Advancement and Alumni Relations practise in universities in and around Toronto, Ontario in 2011. 

Further details

Press, publicity and reviews

June’s inaugural professorial lecture can be found here.  Since sharing, it has generated over 22,000 impressions.

Other publicity

  • National media and professional press contributions:
  • Health Service Journal Online Opinion (2017) 7th March “The cuckoo in the nursing nest.”
  • Guardian Health Network (2015) 14th September “I despair at the public’s perception of nurses as selfless or sexed-up.”
  • Guardian Health Network (2013) 20th August “Why the NHS needs more graduate nurses.”
  • Nursing Times Online Opinion (2013) 18th October “Challenging poor practice is an important part of a student’s role.”
  • Nursing Times Online Opinion (2013) 9th July “Education must prepare nurses to speak out about poor care.”

Find out more

June is an enthusiastic user of social media for communication, information and professional discussion and debate. She blogs regularly about nursing and related subjects on her blog ‘Still Learning about Leadership’ which has some 400 followers and can be accessed here

She Tweets about nursing, healthcare, education and other related subjects as @ProfJuneG where she has over 4000 followers. 

She features regularly in the top 25 of the UK Nursing and Midwifery Social Media Leaders List.  

She can be contacted at or through her blog site or Twitter timeline.