I am a Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. I completed an Honors degree in Biology & Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University in 1992 before undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Following this I became a nurse and completed my Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. I have nursed in Scotland, England and Ireland, within a broad range of clinical specialties; cardio-thoracic surgery, high dependency, drug and alcohol detoxification, infectious diseases, stroke and general medicine. I became a Lecturer/Practitioner with expertise in Clinical Nutrition in 2001 which influenced me to complete my PhD. My PhD explored the ‘acceptability’ and ‘effectiveness’ of methods used to maintain Naso-gastric feeding tube position for dysphagic stroke patients. My current academic activities include; teaching, leading curriculum development and supervising PhD, MRes and Masters students. I am a member of the Population and Public Health Theme at Edinburgh Napier University and lead the Health and Wellbeing strand in the Nurses Lives Research Programme. My current research involves investigating the health of the nursing workforce and exploring pedagogical approaches to embedding health, wellbeing, research and nutrition into nurse education.