Teaching and Learning Projects

Group Leader(s): Dr Helen Aveyard, Dr Marion Waite

Contact: mwaite@brookes.ac.uk

About us

This group encourages people to think critically about the scholarship of teaching and learning to ensure that our practice is on the cutting-edge of the discipline. We focus on developmental projects which support and underpin teaching and learning within the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery. Current projects include supporting staff with academic activities, such as module leadership and investigating the teaching of and use of paradigms in nursing research. 

We are interested in working with academic staff who would like to pursue a project which supports teaching and learning. Any member of staff with ideas for the development for a project should contact Helen Aveyard or Marion Waite.

Nursing seminar


Helen Aveyard

Dr Helen Aveyard

Principal Lecturer - Student Experience

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Marion Waite

Dr Marion Waite

Principal Lecturer - Student Experience

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Name Role Email
Dr Olga Kozlowska Senior Lecturer in Research and Knowledge Exchange okozlowska@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Louise Stayt Senior Lecturer lstayt@brookes.ac.uk


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
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 Dr Helen Aveyard



Name Role Organisation
Professor Caroline Bradbury-Jones Professor of Gender Based Violence and Health University of Birmingham
Professor Irina Engeness Professor Østfold University College Norway


Active projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Critical friends project

This project supports module leaders in the design and delivery of taught modules. Critical friends are experienced academic colleagues who offer their advice and support to module leaders for the duration of the planning and delivery of the module.
Dr Helen Aveyard

Increasing academic research writing activities in nursing faculty staff

Development, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to increase academic research writing activities in nursing faculty staff.
Dr Marion Waite

Evaluation of student engagement with an online undergraduate research methods module in healthcare

Dr Helen Aveyard, Dr Marion Waite


Supporting new staff development and progression towards promotion.
Dr Helen Aveyard, Ms Jennifer Kirman, Dr Marion Waite

Paradigms in nursing research

This project explores the ways in which paradigms are evidenced in published nursing research in order to inform our understanding and teaching of the underpinning of nursing research.
Dr Helen Aveyard, Dr Olga Kozlowska, Dr Louise Stayt

Publication standards in literature reviews

This project explores the ways in which literature reviews are written and guidelines for publication.
Dr Helen Aveyard

Completed projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

JiSC Open Line Project

Dr Marion Waite Until: May 2012

A collaborative writing group for healthcare teachers and students

Oxford Brookes Teaching Fellowship
Dr Marion Waite Until: September 2012

Online academic research writing conference

Santander Research Scholarship
Dr Marion Waite Until: September 2013

Ongoing seminar series: Pathway to nursing and midwifery scholarship

Students at a seminar

How to read a paper

  • These seminars are focused on a research paper which is distributed to participants a few days beforehand. The paper, and the wider issues addressed in the paper are discussed within the seminar. All colleagues are welcome. Contact Dr Helen Aveyard for details.

Presenting an abstract for peer-review 

  • Once a month a member of OSNM will be supported to present an abstract of their writing in progress to peers for feedback. This is a good opportunity for writers at all levels including the development of skills for scholarly peer-reviewing. Contact Marion Waite for details.

Academic research writing 

  • The academic research writing group meets bi-monthly for goal setting and protected time to write. The group is open to writers at all levels and is a great opportunity to work on papers for publication, thesis chapters and conference papers. Contact Marion Waite for details.


Selection of Helen Aveyard books