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Faculty Academic Support Lead: Nursing

I am the Faculty Academic Support Lead for Nursing and Midwifery, Chair of the University of Sunderland Women's Network, a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, and a registered nurse teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

As Faculty Academic Support Lead for Nursing, I am responsible for developing, leading, and evaluating cross-institutional and in-faculty initiatives that improve student success and retention. My passion is for inclusive and accessible educational strategies and authentic assessment.

I have an extensive background in inclusive pedagogies, skills for practice, and work-based learning. The University of Sunderland won the Student Nursing Times Award 2018 for Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-Registration) for my work-based learning programmes.

I am currently leading several pedagogic research projects including a Health Education England-funded project "Barriers to success in nursing" and a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Fellowship award-winning project "Bridging the divide: empowering marginalised student voices through reverse mentoring".

I have been a nursing academic since 2010, teaching postgraduate, CPD, and pre-registration programmes. My teaching has focused on the development of theoretical and clinical skills for nursing and healthcare practice. In addition to my strategic role I currently also lecture in research methods, inclusive pedagogies, and clinical skills for practice and teach on the MEd programme. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations. 

Teaching and supervision

I teach a wide variety of subjects in both education and health courses.

Research interests for potential research students

My research is focused on inclusive learning, accessibility, and student support and success.

I can offer support to undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking projects in many areas of education, nursing, and healthcare.


I am a Doctoral student undertaking research that aims to explore reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities and evaluate innovative assessment strategies.

In addition to this, I am currently undertaking the following pedagogic research projects.

  • The Health Education England funded project "Barriers to success in nursing"
  • A Vice Chancellor's Teaching Fellowship (VCTF) award-winning project "Bridging the divide: empowering marginalised student voices through reverse mentoring"
  • Exploring student lived experience of leave of absence
  • Belongingness in apprenticeship nursing programmes
  • Increasing uptake of Studiosity using a journal club approach
  • Incorporating student voice in a student-driven research agenda strategy (In collaboration with Student Journey)


Number of items: 10.


Lee, Matthew, Newby, Kate and Lee, Amanda (2023) Are nurses with visible tattoos subject to public stigmatisation? British Journal of Nursing. ISSN 0966-0461 (In Press)

Conference or Workshop Item

Newby, Kate, Crosby, Leon, Miller, Phillip, Green, John Paul, Earl-Sinha, Charlotte, Francis, Chantelle and Smith, Helen (2024) Unleashing innovation in Personal Academic Tutoring – The University of Sunderland's strategic management paradigm. In: UKAT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024 PERSONAL TUTORING IN THE SPOTLIGHT, 08-09 Apr 2024, University of Greenwich. (Unpublished)

Lee, Matthew and Newby, Kate (2024) Using privilege to develop allyships beyond existing ‘echo chambers’. In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2024: The future is now: Building EDI practice for the changing world of HE, 7th Mar 2024, Liverpool.

Newby, Kate and Crosby, Leon (2023) Empowering student achievement: A holistic approach to student support through predictive analytics, qualitative insights, and pro-active solutions for Personal Academic Tutors. In: UKAT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024 PERSONAL TUTORING IN THE SPOTLIGHT, 08-09 Apr 2024, University of Greenwich. (Unpublished)

Lee, Matthew, Robinson, Gina, Clark, Liz, Lee, Amanda and Newby, Kate (2023) Innovating to enhance belonging and student mental health and wellbeing. In: Health and Wellbeing Conference: Partnerships, 15th November 2023, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Newby, Kate and Lee, Amanda (2023) How can the new Predictive Analytic Dashboard better enable us to support our students’ mental health and wellbeing? In: University of Sunderland Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference, 15 Nov 2023, University of Sunderland.

Miller, Phillip and Newby, Kate (2023) Exploring student lived experiences of leave of absence. In: University of Sunderland Mental Health Conference- Partnerships, 15 Nov 2023, The Fire Station, Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Newby, Kate (2023) Unlocking Potential through Empathy: The Power of Understanding in the Personal Academic Tutoring Relationship. In: Queer Joy – The University of Sunderland’s 3rd Annual LGBTQI+ Multidisciplinary Research Conference, 04 Jul 2023, University of Sunderland - Online.

Elkington, Sam (2023) The Three Rivers Conference 'Innovations in Learning'. Special Interest Group for Retention & Engagement Panel Member. In: The Three Rivers Conference 'Innovations in Learning'., 27 Jun 2023, Online. (Unpublished)

Hayes, Catherine, Collins, Michael, Duffy, Victoria and Brown, Kate (2015) Embedding Patient Safety across the Pharmacy Clinical Skills Curriculum; Modernising Professional Identity via Strategic Pedagogic Design. In: Health Education North East, Faculty of Patient Safety Event, 13 May 2015, Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Mon Jul 22 07:04:08 2024 BST.
  • Inclusivity
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Authentic assessment
  • Student engagement and experience
  • Student wellbeing
  • Research methods
  • Advanced nursing roles
  • Prescribing
  • Clinical Skills

Last updated 28 February 2024