Dr Joanne Corlett


Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences

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Dr Jo Corlett is Reader in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Dundee and is the School’s lead for impact evaluation in learning and teaching. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy she is a highly experienced educationist, specialising in curriculum design, distance and online pedagogy.

She completed a B.A. Nursing & RGN in Sheffield, working in Cornwall and Edinburgh before completing an MSc Nurse Education at Edinburgh University. Dr Corlett gained her teaching qualification in 1992 and her first teaching post was at the University of Abertay Dundee, before moving to the University of Dundee in 2001.

She has held a number of posts here including Head of Post Qualifying Division and Deputy Dean for Learning and Teaching before assuming strategic responsibility for all learning and teaching activity within the School as Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, a position she held for three years before becoming Reader and focusing on impact evaluation.

Dr Corlett completed her PhD in 2002, continuing her interest in nurse education. She has led the development of online and distance learning curricula for home and international students for many years and has taught in Kenya and Ghana. She also led a long-standing collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Eritrea to build capacity and capability in its health professional workforce, making regular visits to Eritrea to teach students and work with the Ministry of Health and Commission for Higher Education.

Wider professional activities

Dr Corlett was a member of the Council of Deans Scotland for several years, working with senior colleagues across the HEI sector to influence policy and education provision for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in Scotland. She has always been a keen supporter of Advanced Nurse Practice (ANP), representing the Council on the Scottish Government Transforming Nursing Roles Group for Advanced Practice and the HEI sector on the NHS Education Scotland ANP Education Expert Group. She has extensive external examining experience and is an external peer for Kings College London.

Dr Corlett has been invited to act as an external reviewer for programme approvals and reviews at other universities and has been a reviewer of Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) approved programmes. She has also been invited to act as a PhD external examiner. She is a reviewer for the International Review of Research into Open and Distributed Learning. 

  • 2016 - Member of the Scottish Government Transforming Nursing Roles Group for Advanced Practice
  • 2016 - Member of the NHS Education Scotland Advanced Nurse Practice Education Expert Group
  • 2016 - Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 2016 - PhD External Examiner Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
  • 2015 - External Peer for Kings College London
  • 2015 - External Examiner MSc International Nursing University of Salford
  • 2015 - PhD External Examiner Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
  • 2014 - External Programme Advisor University of Salford
  • 2013 - External Programme Reviewer University of Bedford
  • 2013 - Member of the Scottish Government Setting the Direction for Nursing & Midwifery Education
  • 2013 - 2018 Member of Council of Deans Scotland
  • 2013 - 2017 External Examiner BSc International Nursing Studies University of Sunderland
  • 2012 - External Programme Reviewer Sunderland
  • 2010 - PhD External Examiner National University of Ireland
  • 2010 - 2014 External Examiner MSc Leadership & Management, University of Southampton
  • 2006 - 2010 External Examiner MSc Health & Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2004 - 2006 External Examiner MSc Organisational Leadership, University of Nottingham
  • 2006 - 2009 Reviewer for Nursing & Midwifery Council Approved Programmes


Dr Corlett’s early research interests were in child protection, parenting and family-centred care, with a track record of funding and publication in this area. Whilst Associate Dean she contributed to a longitudinal study into the online learning experiences of African students and the development of cultural sensitivity in teaching staff.

As Reader, she now focuses on the development of research to underpin the School’s learning and teaching activity, leading a range of impact evaluation studies. Current projects include evaluation of the impact of e-learning tools on the student experience and the learning experiences of international students on a blended learning programme.

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Dr Corlett has taught across all academic levels, specialising in academic and research skills, leadership, organisational culture and change management. She also supervises dissertation and PhD students. She has led the design and implementation of educational programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing