Buckinghamshire New University appoints a new Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Barry Hill has been appointed as the new Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU).  

The Head of School is a vital role that will lead the establishment, growth, and development of nursing and midwifery education and research. The Head of School will provide exemplary academic leadership, focusing on curriculum design, innovative programme development, and fostering impactful industry connections to deliver an exceptional learning experience for nursing and midwifery students. 

Key priorities will include expanding the School's staff and student body, cultivating a vibrant academic culture, and upholding the highest standards in nursing and midwifery education, research, enterprise, and professional practice. The Head will also promote a culture of continuous improvement and equity, broaden participation, and be responsive to industry needs, such as those highlighted in the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan.

Dr Hill stated, “Joining Buckinghamshire New University as a Professor of Acute and Critical Care Nursing, and Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery is a fantastic opportunity to lead in an innovative and collaborative environment. I look forward to advancing evidence-based practice and high-quality education while building a research-rich culture. With the University’s strong commitment to practice placement partners, its dedication to excellence in nursing and midwifery student success, and the new vision for the school, this role promises an exciting educational journey for students while offering an academic framework that recognises staff achievements and contributes significantly to my own professional and personal growth." 

“My initial objective is to align my school with the University’s Thrive 28 strategy, affirming BNU’s long-term vision to become a highly connected, permeable, student- and customer-focused, business-oriented institution that is strategic, impactful, and fully engaged with its stakeholders."

Society conducted a national search, identifying candidates who possess leadership qualities, as well as being also innovative and creative. We sought out candidates who could demonstrate that they are ambitious and able to articulate a compelling vision for how they will build on the existing successes of the School.

Regarding the process, Dr Hill commented, "I am grateful for Society's support, advice, and encouragement. My queries and interests were promptly and professionally addressed, and with all relevant information made available to me, the application process was seamless. Sabina was professional and helpful, thoroughly investigating my query before the application process began, which reassured me that this role was the perfect fit."

Dr Hill is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing and Critical Care and Director of Nursing Midwifery and Health Employability at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 

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