Neil Johnson
Title: Dr
First Name: Neil
Surname: Johnson
Position: Academic Strategic Lead, Student Experience and Enhancement
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262968
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Neil has been a member of academic staff for a number of years and has held a variety of positions ranging from lecturer, stage leader, course leader, programme leader and senior lecturer. Neil has worked on a variety of local and national projects related to his roles. These roles have served to develop experience and expertise in areas such as higher education, wider access, fitness to practice, QA, curriculum design, student experience and engagement, practice learning and recruitment and selection. Neil has a breadth and depth of experience in higher education and is currently a member of the School senior team with responsibility for wider leadership and management of the School as well as university wide roles.

In his current role Neil provides direction, support and leadership to a range of academic staff within the School.  Neil works closely with the Academic Strategic Lead for Programmes to ensure that all courses ensure that a positive student experience is achieved and the School maintains high levels of student engagement/working in partnership. As a strong advocate for inclusivity and wider participation, Neil has strategic responsibility for the recruitment and selection of students and in maintaining and developing wider access routes into the Schools portfolio of courses as well as enhancing support for transition.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and management of the School, strategic responsibility for student experience, recruitment and selection of students, progression and retention, wider access and the university clinical skills and simulated learning center. Leadership of a specific team of academic staff, resource and planning as well as working across the university in a range of roles. Support for teaching and learning, supervision of students undertaking dissertation/thesis and personal tutor support.

Academic Background

  • BA Hons Nursing
  • PG Cert ED
  • MSc Nursing
  • Doctorate of Professional Practice

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)
  • Reviewer – Nurse Education in Practice


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. JOSEPH, S., GOODHAND, K., JOHNSON, N., MORSE, J. and HAXTON, J., 2011. Presentation: “Enhancing Students Teaching Skills for Basic Life Support: An Interprofessional Approach”. Conference: Scottish Clinical Skills Network Conference. University of St Andrews.

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., 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. and WIMPENNY, P., 2012. Conference presentation: NHS Grampian NHS Endowments Symposium 2012. Evaluating the Impact of Practice Manuals in NHS Scotland.

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.

Teaching Interests

Evidence based practice, research, education, adult nursing.