Dr Linda McSwiggan


Nursing, School of Health Sciences

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11 Airlie Place


I am a Reader in the School of Health Sciences, and Programme Director of the university-wide, interdisciplinary Professional Doctorate Programme. My career has focussed on community nursing through clinical practice (having held posts in district nursing, health visiting, midwifery and social work), education and research. Initially, I joined the University as a clinical research nurse, moving to a teaching and research post in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2001. In terms of both teaching and research, I have wide experience of collaboration with service users and carers, and of working across disciplinary boundaries.

Wider professional activities:

  • Steering group member of UK Healthy Universities Network (UKHUN)
  • Scottish Lead for the Scottish Healthy Universities Network (part of UKHUN)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Management Institute (Affiliate¬†membership; P04620611)
  • Member of EdD National Network Member of Royal College of Nursing
  • External Examiner: University of Central Lancashire (Masters Public Health)


My research interests lie broadly within the scope of health and social care in the community and, more specifically, on promoting the health and wellbeing of those living with long-term conditions and their carers. I have experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and methods, and of multi-agency research collaborations with health and social care colleagues, third sector services, and community groups. I am involved in the workstreams of the People, Health and Communities Research Group within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Centre (hosted by School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee).

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I contribute to teaching, learning and assessment in undergraduate through to doctoral level programmes. I am an Advisor of Studies for undergraduate nursing students and supervise postgraduate students at Masters and Doctoral levels. I have particular interests in interdisciplinarity, public engagement, and supporting student engagement and academic achievement, which has led to development and delivery of a number of innovative projects.