Neil Johnson
Title: Mr.
First Name: Neil
Surname: Johnson
Position: Academic Strategic Lead for Student Experience and Enhancement
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262968

As a member of the School Senior Management Team, Neil provides overarching focused leadership in relation to all aspects of the student experience and student development as it applies to all of the School’s academic provision, ensuring that it meets the requirements of the University, regulatory, statutory bodies as well as key strategic partners. This includes working with both internal and external key stakeholders.

Neil has formerly been a Programme Leader for pre-registration nursing programmes and then from 2015-2017, Head of Undergraduate Programmes within the School.

In his current role as Academic Strategic Lead, Neil has strategic leadership responsibility for the development of staff in areas relevant to student support, the development of the delivery of a School teaching and learning strategy as well as ensuring that outputs from the School’s Scholarship model are integrated across the School’s academic portfolio.

Other responsibilities include strategic leadership of the School’s recruitment and selection processes. This includes working with FE partners to ensure that there is seamless transition from FE to HE and that appropriate targets are met. Neil also assumes leadership for all aspects of the School’s practice learning, clinical skills, oversight and leadership of international student exchanges, development of policies and strategies to enhance student retention as well as management of student progress and the School’s Fitness to Practice policy. Neil oversees the coordination of an effective personal tutor system within the School and ensures consistency and standards around communication and academic support and advice provided to students.  

A key area within Neil’s role is that of overseeing and managing student evaluation processes including NSS, SEQ and National Health Service for Education surveys ensuring that the outcomes inform continuous quality improvement across all aspects of the student experience within the School e.g. programme delivery, support for learning, strengthening student partnership.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Academic Team Leadership
  • School Senior Management Team
  • Academic development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Practice Learning
  • Policy and strategy – student retention
  • Student progression and Fitness to Practice
  • Student experience and enhancement
  • Dissertation supervisor – undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Inputs to a range of pre and post registration modules and courses

Academic Background

  • Pre-registration Nursing Lecturer
  • Programme Leader
  • Head of Undergraduate Programmes

Research Interests

Nurse education

Current Research

Pre-registration nurses – perceptions of research and evidence based practice in practice learning

Evaluation of the Hub and Spoke Model of Practice Learning.


NHS Grampian - NHS Endowments, 2011. Evaluating the impact of practice manuals in NHS Scotland

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Nursing

External / Professional Roles

National Strategic Group for Practice Learning (NHS Education for Scotland)


JOHNSON, N., 2014. Evidence based practice and research. In: R. TAYLOR, ed. The essentials of nursing and healthcare research. London: Sage.

JOHNSON, N., 2014. The importance of research for practice. In: R. TAYLOR, ed. The essentials of nursing and healthcare research. London: Sage.

JOHNSON, N. and TAYLOR, R., 2014. Using research and evidence in practice. In: R. Taylor, ed. The essentials of nursing and healthcare research. London: Sage.

JOHNSON, N., LIST-IVANKOVIC, J., EBOH, W., 2010. Research and evidence based practice: using a blended approach to teaching and learning in undergraduate nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, 10(1), pp. 43-47.

WILKINSON J., JOHNSON, N. and WIMPENNY, P., 2010. Models and approaches to inform the impacts of implementation of evidence-based practice. In: D. BICK and I.D. GRAHAM, eds. Evaluating the impact of implementing evidence-based practice. Chichester: Wiley and Sons.

Media Coverage

DARBYSHIRE, C., POLLOCK, C. and JOHNSON, N., 2012. Conference organising committee and conference presentation: Scottish National Implementation Group (NES). “Innovation in Pre-registration Nurse Education 2012. Student role in education: Ownership and engagement”.

DIACK, L., GOODHAND. K., JOSEPH, S., MORSE, J. and JOHNSON, N., 2011. Presentation: "Peer Teaching of Clinical skills". Research and Development Conference, Scottish Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network. March. Stirling.

EBOH, W., JOHNSON, N., CATTO, S., BRENNAN, A., ASHTON, S., MOWATT, E. and ADAMS, D., 2010. Poster: “Developing critical analytical skills through a research journal club in undergraduate nurses.” 7th Annual Enhancement Themes Conference. March. Edinburgh: Herriot Watt University.

JOHNSON, N. and WIMPENNY, P., 2012. Conference presentation: Evaluating the impact of practice manuals in NHS Scotland. NHS Grampian NHS Endowments Symposium 2012.

Teaching Interests

Research and evidence based practice