Fiona-Jean Howson is a Lecturer, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Edinburgh Napier University Mentor in the School of Health and Social Care. A passionate educationalist at heart, her interests include: the challenges faced by pre-registration masters nursing students with a first degree; the de-construction of academic knowledge and expertise; the integration of the principles of curriculum for excellence across primary, secondary and tertiary education and the successful transition into practice learning environments. Currently she is a part-time student undertaking a Doctorate in Education within The University of Stirling.
An experienced Nurse Lecturer and Programme Leader of the largest undergraduate home domiciled programme within the university, she was seconded to an Academic Developer Role and led a university-wide Programme Leading Project over a number of years to support programme Leaders and enhance programmes across the university. Working co-productively with students she led the Teaching Fellow 'Student Voice Project within creative industries' that was designed to enhance the integration and expertise of the student voice into their own curriculum. Well versed in the structure and process of Higher educational Institutions she is a member of the Staff education work stream, has contributed to leading the Institutional Led Educational review (ELIR) and has taken two BN programmes through successful validation (adult programme) and served on multiple committees at school, faculty and university level.
She originally undertook her Registered General Nurse training in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and staffed in acute/critical care areas to develop knowledge and skills in the management of acute head injury, cardio-thoracic surgery, renal medicine and general intensive care.
Within the School of health and Social Care she is currently a member of the Population and Public Health Theme the Health and Well-being strand in the Nurses Lives Research Programme. As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy she works across the institution providing Mentorship and support for staff wishing to achieve HEA recognition and, in addition to this she is a Certified ENU Mentor and provides support for a range of colleagues within the department.