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Dr Michelle Denise Cowen PhD, MSc SpLD (Dyslexia), BEd (Hons); Diploma in Nursing (Lond), RNT, RCNT

Director of Learning in Practice, Lead for Inclusivity,Principal Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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I joined University of Southampton in 1996 as a joint appointment and have enjoyed a variety of roles ever since. Having trained at The Nightingale School at St Thomas Hospital, London I began my career working clinically in ITU and other high acuity settings, before moving into management and education roles in London. A move back south in 1994 gave me an opportunity to return to clinical practice before commencing the joint appointment, and then full time education again.

Research interests

  • Dyslexia in adults.
  • Healthcare professionals with a disability.
  • Student learning in clinical practice.

PhD research

An exploration of factors which influence university students’ decisions whether or not to be tested for dyslexia. (2018)
Supervisors: Dr Mary Gobbi, Dr Julie Wintrup

Research project

Currently exploring opportunities for future research arising from my PhD or related to practice learning.

Research group

Cancer, Palliative and the End of Life Care

Affiliate research groups

Innovative and Essential Care, Rehabilitation and Health Technologies

As Director of Learning in Practice I provide leadership in all matters related to Supporting Learning in Practice and act as a strategic link between the faculty and external partners.

The main components of the role are to ensure that students are provided with high quality learning experiences in practice settings and to lead on initiatives to support this.

Recent and ongoing priorities, in addition to the day to day operational activity, include acting as:

  • Professional Lead for the implementation of a new electronic Practice Assessment Document (PAD) for nursing students (UoS).
  • Wessex lead for the dissemination and implementation of the South Practice Assessment Document for Nursing.
  • Chair of the South East Practice Learning Academic Network (PLAN)– a collective of universities across Wessex; Thames Valley and Kent/ Surrey/ Sussex to promote practice learning.
  • University representative on the HEE Wessex Supervision and Assessment group – through this I took a lead role in creating the framework to support implementation of the new NMC Standards for Supervision and Assessment.
  • Author of Gateway 2 submission for the NMC revalidation process resulting in a successful validation of 4 new Nursing programmes in February 2019.
  • Professional Lead for the introduction of a Placement Management System across Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Health Care Scientists, Nursing and Midwifery.
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Book Chapters

  • Ugboma, D., & Cowen, M. (2012). Managing hydration. In I. Bullock, J. Macleod Clark, & J. Rycroft-Malone (Eds.), Adult Nursing Practice: Using Evidence in Care (pp. 328-342). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Cowen, M., & Ugboma, D. (Accepted/In press). Fluid and electrolyte balance. In Nursing practice hospital and home. 4th edition Churchill Livingston - Elsevier Health.
  • Gobbi, M., Cowen, M., & Ugboma, D. (2006). Fluid and electrolyte balance. In M. F. Alexander, J. T. N. Fawcett, & P. J. Runciman (Eds.), Nursing practice: hospital and home: the adult: 3rd edition (pp. 763-785). Churchill Livingstone.
  • Critical care topics, pain, disability.
  • Preparation and ongoing support of Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors
Dr Michelle Denise Cowen
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/Level 3

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