Research in the School of Nursing

Research undertaken within the School of Nursing has an overall rubric of ‘Advancing Nursing Science’. We undertake cutting edge research that matters to health and social care users and practitioners in two main areas: Risk Abuse and Violence (RAV) and Supportive, Palliative and End of Life (SPEL). We are also very active in supporting clinical academic careers for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

We are proud to be members of strong research networks, working collaboratively with a number of international research institutions, including the Universities of Bergen, Chicago Illinois, Hong Kong, La Trobe, Melbourne, Michigan, Ottawa, Tampere and others.

We welcome research students and collaborators aligned to our research programmes.

Risk, Abuse and Violence (RAV) Research

  1. Abuse and violence occurs in many forms and is an issue that affects many individuals across the life-course. These negative impacts are serious and long-term. In this research programme we undertake numerous projects that address violence and abuse, many of them focus explicitly on child protection. The issue of domestic violence is also a strong theme in this programme, with a developing theme of inpatient violence.
  2. Risk is conceived of as a broader issue than violence and abuse, operating at a societal level. It includes any high-risk situation, presentation and/or condition that results in patients, women and families requiring speciality input and/or services. This sub-theme includes vulnerable individuals or those marginalised within society through for example, their gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, mental ill health and disability.

Find out more about the Risk, Abuse and Violence Research Programme

Supportive, Palliative and End of Life (SPEL) Research

The SPEL Supportive, Palliative and End of Life research programme in the School of Nursing encompasses work to investigate supportive care; service design in end of life care; decision making at the end of life; quality measures for end of life care; and service improvement activity. In conducting this research we collaborate with a range of partner organisations locally, regionally and internationally. 

Find out more about the Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Programme