Prof. Ian Murray
Title: Professor
First Name: Ian
Surname: Murray
Position: Head of School
Telephone: +44(0)1224 262981
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Professor Ian Murray has been the Head of School for Nursing and Midwifery at RGU since May 2013. He is an entrepreneurial senior academic with comprehensive experience gathered over a career spanning over 25 years. He has a robust track record of innovation and leadership with extensive experience of negotiating on behalf of universities, working within regulatory systems and international liaison with governments and higher education agencies. His core skills include management and leadership combined with excellent presentation, interpersonal and communication skills. He has led a number of innovative programmes supporting the development of education provision within the Middle East and North Africa region.

Professor Murray has held key roles with the Council of Deans of Health for over a decade and currently is a member of the Global Health portfolio group. He played a key role in the evaluation of the introduction of extended nurse prescribing in Scotland.

Duties and Responsibilities

As Head of School, Professor Murray is responsible for the overall management of the School’s extensive academic provision.

Academic Background

Professor Murray has extensive experience of curriculum development both locally in the UK and internationally. Research interests cover a wide range of topics but predominantly policy into practice focused. Registered Nurse (Mental Health and General), Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master's in Public Health.

Research Interests

  • Organisational change
  • Staff development
  • Mental health
  • Student learning
  • Health/Social policy


  • Member of the research team that evaluated the expansion of nurse prescribing in Scotland.
  • CSO grant, 2004-2008.
  • International funding to support the development of curricula in Libya 2014-2016.

External / Professional Roles

Professor Murray is a member of a number of governmental committees in relation to workforce planning and future student nurse and midwife recruitment target setting.


MURRAY, I., 2016. The eye of the storm: a view from the eye. Educational Developments, 17(1), pp. 25-26. March 2016.

MONTANARI, P., PETRUCCI, C., RUSSO, S., MURRAY, I., DIMONTE, V. and LANCIA, L., 2015. Psychometric properties of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Health Professional Student’s version: An Italian validation study with nursing students. Nursing and Health Sciences, 17(4), pp. 409-541. doi:10.1111/nhs.12221.

MURRAY, I., 2013. Mental health and care in the community. In: J. HARRIS, S. NIMMO and K. HOLLAND, eds. Placement learning in community nursing: a guide for students in practice. Placement Learning Series. London: Elsevier, pp. 157-182. Available from:  

BOREHAM, N., COULL, A.F., MURRAY, I., TURNER-HALLIDAY, F. and WATTERSON, A., 2013. Education programmes preparing independent prescribers in Scotland: an evaluation. Nurse Education Today, 33(4), pp. 321-326. Available from:

COULL, A., MURRAY, I., TURNER-HALLIDAY, F. and WATTERSON A.E., 2013. The expansion of nurse prescribing in scotland: an evaluation using mixed methods. British Journal of Community Nursing, 18(5), pp. 234-242.

BROWN, G. and MURRAY, I., 2011. An online degree module to increase awareness and understanding of ADHD. ADHD in Practice, 3(1), pp. 14-16.




MURRAY, I., 2011. Education of health care providers: WHO Family Health Nurses. In: M. CRAFT-ROSENBERG and S-R. PEHLER, eds. Encyclopaedia of family health. London: Sage. pp. 366-373. Available from:  

WATTERSON, A., TURNER, F., COULL, A.F., MURRAY, I. and BOREHAM, N., 2009. An evaluation of the expansion of nurse prescribing in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research. Available from:  

MURRAY, I., 2008. Family Health Nurse Project - An education program of the World Health Organization: the University of Stirling experience. Journal of Family Nursing, 14(4), pp. 469-485.

MURRAY, I., 20014. Family health nursing: the education programme for the WHO Europe Scottish Pilot. British Journal of Community Nursing, 9(6), pp. 245-250.

MURRAY, I., 2003. Student experiences of a problem-based learning nursing curriculum. Electronic Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 1(1), pp. 9-17.

MURRAY, I. and SAVIN-BADEN. M., 2000. Staff development and problem-based learning. Teaching in Higher Education, 5(1), pp. 107-126.

MURRAY, I.D., 1997. Problem-based learning and the integration of a nursing curriculum. In: Research and Development in Problem Based Learning, Vol. 4. Australian Problem Based Learning Network, Newcastle, Australia.

Teaching Interests

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Community/Family Nursing
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Social Policy

Key Partner/Network Projects

  • Led curriculum development and education infrastructure projects with the Libyan Ministry of health: 2014-2016.
  • Co-chaired the Postgraduate/CPD working group under the Scottish Government’s Setting the Direction initiative setting out the future of nurse education in Scotland 2014-2015.
  • Member of the Scottish Government School Nursing Steering Group 2015/2016.
  • Organised and chaired a Family Health Nursing symposium (invited speaker). The first Congress of the Italian Family Nurses Association, Turin, May 2013.
  • Failure to Rescue: An immersive virtual reality computer based education programme. The 2nd International Nursing Conference, The University of Cairo. March 2013.
  • The WHO Family Nursing Project. Update 2011-2013. The 10th International Family Nursing Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2011.
  • The evaluation of the FHN education programme in Scotland 2001-2006(invited speaker). Seminar: The evolution of primary care: national and international experiences compared. Universita 'Degli Studi Di Torino Italy, 2011.
  • Stirling University Clinical Academic Fellowship Scheme. NES Consensus Conference, Glasgow, 2010.
  • Web-based technologies to support the delivery of educational programmes within remote and rural settings in Scotland (keynote speaker). University of Cairo, 1st Annual International Conference: Nursing in the new millennium: challenges and opportunities. Cairo, Egypt, 2008.
  • Family Health Promotion: Evidence Based Practice (invited plenary speaker). The 8th International Family Nursing Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007.
  • Family Health Nursing in Scotland. GCU/WHO Resourcing Global Health Conference, Glasgow, 2006.
  • Collaboration in the educational development of a new nursing role – Family Health Nursing. International Community Health Nursing Research Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2005.