Dr Alison Coates EdD MA BA (hons) Dip AD Ed RGN RMN

Dr Alison Coates

School of Nursing
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Medical School
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alison Coates is the Programme Director of the Bachelor of Nursing degree and has overall responsibility for ensuring the development of new nursing programmes and the effective implementation of the current programme.


  • EdD Education Leadership. The University of Birmingham
  • Diploma in Adult Education The University of Nottingham
  • MA Sociological Research in Health Care. The University of Warwick
  • BA (hons) History The University of Sussex
  • RGN Salford Area Health Authority
  • RMN Salford  Area Health Authority


Alison trained as a mental health and adultnurse in Salford and Manchester. As a clinical nurse Alison worked inadult, older adult mental health care and in forensic nursing as a Charge Nurse. Shejoined the University as a part time lecturer (teaching), in 1995. Since thistime she has contributed and taught on undergraduate and post graduateprogrammes. Alison has held a variety of roles within the nursing divisionand she is currently the Programme Director of the Bachelor of Nursing degree.


Alison is the module leader for the following modules:

  • Principles of Nursing
  • Society Policy and Practice

Older Adult Nursing (Mental Health)

Postgraduate supervision

Alison currently supervises post graduate students on the Masters of Research progamme


  • Alison has a teaching focussed contract and her main interest is in teaching and learning.

Other activities

  • Alison is a Non-Executive Director (Trustee) of BITA Pathways (Birmingham Industrial Therapy Association Limited: a registered charity providing work and vocational training for 500 people with mental health problems 
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council Quality Reviewer
  • Suzy Lamplaugh Personal Safety Tutor
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner The University of Essex


Editor: Nursing Older Adults (2011) Nursing Care of Older People, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Chapter author:

Communication and Dignity

Dementia, mental health, and the older adult

Elimination and continence and the older adult