Gerardine Matthews-Smith

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Dr Gerardine Matthews-Smith

Senior Lecturer/TBS Joint Director of Research


Dr Gerri Matthews-Smith M.Ed. PhD. Is a Senior Lecturer in the Marketing, Sales and Entrepreneurship (MSE) team. She currently leads research development within the group in tandem with discharging the role of Joint School Director of Research / Academic Lead Research. She is also Programme Leader for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Home, and Deputy Programme Leader for the International DBA both at Edinburgh Napier University Business School.

Along with professional qualifications (RMN, RGN, Cert.Ed. RNT) her academic qualifications include a Masters in Education and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. This experience was the start of a lifelong passion for teaching, supervising and conducting research; she has a particular interest in the development of research students at all levels across the curriculum and this is reflected in a publication strand addressing cross-cultural skill and competency development as well as investigating factors which enhance experience and motivation of study abroad students. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care for Scotland (NBS)

Following completion of her Masters Degree she returned to ENU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care (Now School of Health and Social Care )and was appointed into the role of research co-ordinator, developed all the research modules for the undergraduate and masters programmes and organised the first nursing research conference. Two years later, she competed for and was awarded an NBS Research Fellowship, which allowed her to complete her doctorate part-time under the supervision of Professor Noel Entwistle. The phenomenographic study focussed on the undergraduate student experience and perceptions of learning about research. She is a well experienced doctoral supervisor with substantive completions of both PhD and DBA. In 2017, she was nominated by six of her doctoral students for the Times Higher Supervisor of the Year Award.

In 2016 because of her strong involvement and interest in expanding the DBA professional doctoral programme she transferred to the business. She has since taken over programme leadership for the home programme and delivers and supervises on the international programme in both Miami and Singapore while also acting as Deputy Programme leader. This has provided the opportunity to supervise and complete doctoral students at local, national and international level. She is also an experienced internal and external examiner both nationally and internationally.

Dr Matthews-Smith maintains an active income generation/research profile. This has included a key research role on two major Erasmus + programmes CAREMAN (completed) and DOCMAN (current) In connection with both EU programmes she has taken on the research and evaluation lead and has been editor for the development of the project monograph. Through working with academic colleagues in Lathi, Évora and Prague, she has now been invited to act as a research consultant to the development of new research projects.

In her current role as the TSB joint Director of Research, she together with Professor Alison McCleery leads a professorial team which steers and drives research development within the Business School. Activities to date have included developing an action-orientated research strategy; she discharges a key role in leading the development of an Early Research Career network within the school; she manages an expanded student research conference; facilitates regular research /seminars/colloquiums; is actively promoting cross-school collaboration on research development through action orientated research proposal and publication workshops

She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for ‘European Journal of Training and Development’ and a peer reviewer for several journals including British Medical Journal, Dove Medical Press, Nursing and Health, Gerontology and Geriatric Research. Research funding applications reviewer for - Samantha Dickson. Brain Tumour Trust


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health visiting for Scotland


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