Mrs Jane Nicol RGN, BSc, PGCE (HE), MAEd SFHEA

Mrs Jane Nicol

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Senior Lecturer Adult Nursing

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Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jane is a registered nurse. Her teaching and research expertise lies in the use of the arts in healthcare education. Working collaboratively with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Jane has developed an interactive workshop that uses art to encourage participants to explore death and dying.   

Jane runs this workshop as part of the BNurs/MNurs and MBChB programmes. Opening this workshop to the public has seen Jane successfully facilitate the workshop as part of the BrumYODO festival, held during Dying Matters Awareness Week. In 2020 Covid19 meant Jane was not able to run the workshop as a face to face activity. Keen to continue providing this workshop Jane ran it as an online activity and social media event via Twitter. 

Working collaboratively with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts has led to Jane being invited to work more closely with them  to develop their Art and Wellbeing programme. The first strand of this focuses on supporting BNurs students to work with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts to develop an arts based activity for people living with dementia and their carers. 


  • MA Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • BSc Health Sciences
  • Registered General Nurse


Jane joined the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (School of Nursing and Midwifery) in 2016. After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1989 Jane worked in a range of clinical settings both in secondary and primary care. In 2003 Jane took up a Lecturer/Practitioner post in intermediate care which led her in to higher education, moving in to higher education full time in 2006. Between 2006 and 2016 Jane worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester where, in addition to her teaching, she contributed to the programme team for the BSc (Hons) Nursing in the role of Progression Lead for year one and three.

Jane is currently disseminating the findings of an evaluation of Memento Mori: exploring death and dying through art.  Jane presented this work at a range of conferences, both local and national, including the international RCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition in March 2019 and the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019. This workshop has developed, from being delivered as part of an undergraduate module, to being delivered as part of a Birmingham wide Arts Festival held every year in May. 

Jane is a published author and, as part of the Learning Matters series, has written text books on Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions, and Palliative and End of Life Care. Both books are well received with new editions being published regularly.

Jane leads and coordinates the undergraduate elective and encourages student to consider civic engagement as part of this. Working collaboratively with external organisation, locally, nationally and internationally Jane has extended the network of organisations students can access with a view to ensuring ongoing sustainability of these placements.

Jane has been recognised locally and nationally for her teaching expertise and innovation. In 2018 Jane won the Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and was a finalist in the Educator of the Year category in the Student Nursing Times Awards. In 2017 (Partnership of the Year) and 2015 (Cancer Nursing Award) 3 day palliative care spoke experience aimed at providing students with a tailored education and clinical experience which Jane led on reached the final of the Nursing Times Awards.


Postgraduate supervision

Jane will supervise students undertaking their Masters Dissertations.


Jane’s research interest lies in the role the arts can have in healthcare education. Her current projects include:

  • CATALYST: how do the creative arts, as object-based learning resources, support people to explore death and dying? 
Building on this programme of work Jane is also involved in a research project funded through the Institute for Global Innovation. The aim of this project is to explore the way in which creative media can support survivors of gender-based violence in low and middle income countries.

Other activities

  • U21 Health Sciences Nursing and Midwifery Group member (Aug 2019-)
  • U21 Health Sciences Sustainable Development Goals Group member (Aug 2019-)
  • Nurse in Residence – Barber Institute of Fine Art (Sept 2019-)
  • External Examiner Open University (Education for Health) (July 2019-)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (May 2019)


Recent publications


Nicol, J & Pocock, M 2020, 'Memento mori: can art assist student nurses to explore death and dying? A qualitative study', Nurse Education Today, vol. 89, 104404.

Commissioned report

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham.

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