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Welcome and Introduction

Professor Linda Johnston



Welcome to the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queens University Belfast. The School delivers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery. As a School within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, we are uniquely positioned to offer an innovative approach to interprofessional education using the latest technologies in simulated learning. We pride ourselves on offering programs that integrate theory and clinical practice, preparing our students to be sought after practitioners capable of delivering care around the globe. Our training partners include internationally-recognised clinical institutions, and ambulatory and community care services. Our students benefit from teaching by staff actively engaged in areas of speciality practice, and with the support of a personal tutoring scheme. There are numerous opportunities for student exchanges with our international partners and the School supports students to undertake activities of benefit to the broader Northern Ireland community.

Our research excellence is evidenced by our return in the 2008 RAE. With a multidisciplinary approach to our programs of research in the fields of maternal and child health and evaluation of complex interventions we are known for our PhD research training program conducted by internationally recognised researchers.

I invite you to explore the School’s website for information on our teaching and learning, our research activities and the facilities and supports we offer. You are welcome to contact staff for further information or general inquiries. 

Mission Statement

Our vision

To provide a learning community committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and

practice that contributes to local and global efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of society.

Our mission

To prepare internationally recognised graduates for roles that enhance the health and wellbeing

of society and to demonstrate leadership in advancement of the disciplines of nursing and


Our values

• Produce exceptional graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of their

contribution to health and wellbeing. Our graduates will demonstrate leadership and

innovation, be attuned to diversity, and be active in the local and global communities

• Maintain excellence and equity in nursing and midwifery education through the provision

of accessible quality education programs which are responsive to current health care


• Inspire nurses and midwives to fully engage in knowledge generation and translation to

ensure the delivery of high quality care

Encourage and support the development of career researchers to make a significant

contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of society

Enhance the contribution of nurses and midwives to inter-professional education,

research and practice

• Foster strong relationships with service providers and users

Engage with the community by providing leadership and service through participation in

public discourse

Forge strong international teaching, practice and research collaborations that will

contribute to Millennium Development Goals

Promote a workplace that fosters collegiality and academic excellence amongst all staff

and students                  




Nursing and Midwifery


School Aims

The School provides educational programmes, which are:

  • Fit for Award: this is provision at a pace and level of study and in line with standards of scholarship equivalent to similar courses throughout the University, and meeting the University's requirements for the specific award and the requirements of the Statutory Body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Fit for Purpose: courses are designed to meet the needs of Health and Social Services for the preparation of staff who are safe and competent practitioners within specific care or client group settings.
  • Fit for Practice: courses have specific learning outcomes that relate to the knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice that are: patient/client centred; clinically effective; competent and safe; evidence-based; established on caring and ethical principles.

Within this context the School aims to:

  • Provide pre-registration and post-registration programmes that meet the needs of service and the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Stimulate personal and professional growth by fostering skills that promote independent, lifelong learning.
  • Develop understanding of research-based knowledge to enable students to promote evidence-based practice.
  • Fulfil mature students' educational needs by offering access at various levels, flexibility in the pace of study and certain modular choice relevant to their practice area.


Quality Assurance

The School was judged as "excellent" in teaching by the Quality Assurance Agency and commended, in particular, for support and guidance given to students.

The School's strategy is to support scholarship and education with simultaneous development of clinical skills and to continuously improve the quality of our students' educational experience. The method by which this is achieved is twofold. First, quality management procedures involve internal and external monitoring and analysis, with emphasis on students' and external examiners' views. Second, quality enhancement involves dissemination of good practice, peer review of teaching and staff development. In accordance with University policy:

  • A module must be reviewed every time it is taught
  • A pathway must be reviewed annually
  • The subject area must be reviewed once every five years.