Fiona-Jean Howson

FionaJean Howson

Ms Fiona-Jean Howson BA, INCC, RCNT, RNT, BA, MSc, SFHEA



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, at Edinburgh Napier University. A passionate educationalist at heart, her current interests include: understanding and supporting the needs of undergraduate nursing students with caring responsibilities; addressing the challenges faced by pre-registration masters nursing students with a first degree; the de-construction of academic knowledge and expertise; the enhancement of student confidence/self-efficacy mindfulness; 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 Fiona-Jean has contributed for many years to the shape of nurse education within Scotland and the UK through engagement with educational and professional nursing bodies. An experienced 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. A keen advocate of student centred education, she has championed the transition needs of students moving from college to university and set up strong collaborative education programmes with local colleges to enhance this. 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 recently had a high level of involvement mentoring a colleague in the validation of a pre-registration Masters in nursing programme. Previously, she taken two BN programmes through successful validation (adult programme) and served on multiple committees at school, faculty and university level.

She contributes actively to the Practice Learning work stream and has a range of experience in clinical and educational roles across Lothian and beyond. 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 Mentor and provides support for a range of colleagues within the department.


Research Areas


Fellowships and Awards

  • Registered Adult Nurse
  • Lecturer/Practitioner
  • Senior Fellow of HEA
  • Edinburgh Napier University Mentor


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of Royal College of Nursing


External Examining/Validations

  • Brighton University External Examiner
  • Open University Associate Lecturer


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • 2010: Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Pre-registration Review 2011 programme
  • NES Developing a National Approach to Practice Assessment Documentation for the Pre-registration Nursing Programmes in Scotland Working Group
  • 2012: NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Short-life Working Group – Student Satisfaction Survey
  • NMC Essential Skills Writing Group
  • Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)


Editorial Activity

  • Open University Critical Reader
  • Critical Reader for MacMillan Education
  • Critical Reader for Sage Publishing