Dr Sue Schutz


Senior Lecturer

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


I am a nurse by background and have worked largely in cancer nursing. I have worked at Oxford Brookes both as a Lecturer Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer. I teache on the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Midwifery. I also supervises PhD and Professional Doctorate students.

I completed my doctorate with the University of Southampton with a thesis entitled: Beyond Reflection: A Study of Contemporary Nursing Practice. I am co-editor of Reflective Practice in Nursing published by Wiley Blackwell.

I am co-chair of OxPINTS (Oxford Philosophy Informing Nursing Theory) and a member of Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma.

Areas of expertise

  • Reflective practice in nursing
  • Research methods in nursing research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Primary hypertension
  • Heart failure caregivers

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

Module Leader, Professional Doctorate in Nursing:

  • Concepts in Nursing Practice
  • Ethics and Research Proposal


I welcome enquiries from prospective candidate for a PhD or Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Midwifery.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Melanie Diggle Bereaved caregivers' experiences of end of life care for people with Advanced Heart Failure: An interpretative phenomenological analysis Active
Lian Lee Registered nurses' communication experiences in Robotic-Assisted Surgery Active
Julie Cooke Academic nurse educators’ experiences of preparing and supporting nursing students for clinical placements in nursing homes: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 2022
Lucy Speakman An exploration of the experiences of community respiratory nurses supporting patients who are breathless 2022


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Phi Mu Chapter Sigma
  • Scientific Committee Sigma European Research Conference