Richard Kyle

Richard Kyle

Dr Richard Kyle MA(Hons) PGCert PhD FRGS FRSPH

Reader in Population and Public Health

Biography

Dr Richard Kyle is Reader and Head of Population and Public Health in the School of Health & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. He leads a team of over 40 academics, researchers and graduate students.

His research interests focus on nursing workforce, education and recruitment, with additional expertise in child and adolescent health, cancer survivorship, and voluntarism. Richard is a quantitative and qualitative methodologist and uses a range of research designs in his work including secondary analysis of routinely collected data, cluster randomised controlled trials, as well as mixed-methods approaches.

Richard holds a first class MA (Hons) (2002) and a PhD (2006), both in geography from the University of Glasgow, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Stirling (2014). Before joining the team at Edinburgh Napier in January 2015, Richard was an academic at the Universities of Glasgow (2005-2006), Lancaster (2006-2007), Manchester (2008-2010), and Stirling (2010-2014), and a Visiting Researcher at The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2007).

Richard has secured research income of £735,000 through 19 grants from sources including the Chief Scientist Office, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), NHS Education for Scotland, Scottish Government, Burdett Trust for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau and a number of UK charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust, Melanoma Focus, and Breast Cancer Care. He publishes widely across the fields of nursing, public health, psychosocial oncology, and human geography and during his career has written over 50 publications, including 43 peer-reviewed papers, as well as several articles for professional journals, book chapters, and editorials.

Richard is a committed public intellectual who regularly engages in public engagement activity, most recently at the ESRC Festival of Social Science and Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. His research features regularly in Scottish and UK newspapers and on national television and radio. Richard’s research shapes national policy and public debate.

Richard has received prestigious awards from learned societies including the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s University Medal and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH). His pedagogical innovation has been recognised through a Scottish Education Award, and he has won University-wide student-nominated awards for Teaching Excellence.

Richard currently supervises 6 PhD students and has supervised 1 PhD student, 2 Masters students and 2 Honours students to completion. He regularly examines PhD theses across the UK. He also mentors research interns from VU University, Amsterdam completing Masters degrees, and supports research placements for secondary school students through the Nuffield Foundation.

If you are a student interested in completing postgraduate study or an internship on a topic related to one of my research areas please do get in touch by email: r.kyle@napier.ac.uk

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Invited Speaker

  • Development and co-ordination of Social Science and Nurse Education Seminar Series funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) delivered between 2014-16 through partnership between 5 UK universities including Edinburgh Napier University, Univers
  • Harding A, Revell N, Hubbard G, Kyle RG (2012) ‘Let’s talk about it’: Evaluation of a school-based cancer awareness educational programme delivered by Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK. National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) 8th Cancer Conference, Liverpo
  • Hubbard G, Kyle RG (2014) Initiatives to promote early diagnosis include raising public awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and addressing barriers to seeking medical help about cancer. 10th UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Annual Scient
  • Neall R, Atherton I, Kyle RG, Raeside R (2015) Understanding the health and wellbeing of Scottish nurses: a longitudinal study using linked census and health data. 2nd Annual Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) Conference, Belfast, Northern Irelan
  • Smith A, Beattie M, Kyle RG (2014) Stepping up, stepping back, stepping forward: student nurses’ experiences as peer mentors in a pre-nursing scholarship. 5th International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP), Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, 22nd-25th J
  • Smith A, Beattie M, Kyle RG (2014) Distilling the essential elements of pre-nursing experience: evaluation of a pre-nursing scholarship for secondary school pupils in Scotland. 3rd Enhancing Nursing through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference, Robert
  • Beattie M, Smith A, Kyle RG (2014) Sadness, socialisation and shifted perceptions: school pupils’ stories of a pre-nursing scholarship. 5th International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP), Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, 22nd-25th June.
  • Atherton I, Dibben C, Kyle RG (2015) Estimating the Glasgow Effect: survival analysis of a representative sample of nurses in Scotland. 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 5th-10th July.
  • Atherton I, Kyle RG (2012) Nurses as philosophers: enabling conversations about evidence to enhance patient care. Enhancing Nursing through Educational Research (ENTER): Inaugural Scottish Conference, University of Stirling, UK, 28th November.
  • Schoultz M, Atherton I, Kyle RG, Watson A (2014) Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for improving quality of life for inflammatory bowel disease patients: a pilot randomized controlled trial with embedded process evaluation. International Society for Qua
  • Webster E, McNair R, Thomson C, Cunningham S, Munoz S-A, Kyle RG, Macaden L (2014) Experiencing dignity: realizing the potential of human rights narratives in nurse education. 3rd Enhancing Nursing through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference, Robert G
  • Weatherly H, Kirk S, Kyle RG, Callery P (2011) Comparison of costs of acute care by children’s community nursing teams. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Annual Conference, The University of Warwick, 5th-7th April.
  • Callery P, Kyle RG, Banks SM, Weatherly H, Kirk S, Campbell M, Powell P, Ewing C (2010) Moving Care Closer to Home: constructing pathways for children. Bringing care closer to home for children, young people and their families – the reality conference, Th
  • Callery P, Kyle RG, Weatherly H, Banks M, Powell P, Kirk S (2012) Integrating community children’s nursing in urgent and emergency care: a qualitative comparison of two teams in North West England. NHS Confederation, Health Services Research Network (HSRN
  • Callery P, Kyle RG, Banks SM, Weatherly H, Kirk S, Campbell M, Powell P, Ewing C (2010) Moving Care Closer to Home: children’s pathways through acute care. Bringing care closer to home for children, young people and their families – the reality conference
  • Munoz S-A, Kyle RG, Macaden L, Webster E (2014) Human dignity narratives and serious game play in nursing education. Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference: Geographies of co-production
  • Milligan C, Kyle RG, Bondi L, Fyfe NR, Kearns RA, Larner W (2007) Contradiction or Conformity? Voluntary sector activism in the UK and New Zealand – a grassroots perspective. NCVO and VSSN’s 13th Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, University of
  • Milligan C, Bondi L, Fyfe NR, Larner W, Kyle RG (2007) Contradiction or Conformity? Voluntary sector activism in the UK and New Zealand – a grassroots perspective. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, 1
  • Kyle RG (2007) Familiar Rooms in Foreign Fields: placing the ‘BB Atmosphere’ in The Boys’ Brigade’s Recreation Hut, Rouen, France, 1915-1919. History of Youth and Community Work Conference, Ushaw College, Durham, UK, 2nd-4th March 2007.
  • Kyle RG, Atherton IM (2014) Biogeography as critical nursing pedagogy: breathing life into nurse education. 3rd Enhancing Nursing through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 13th-14th November.
  • Kyle RG, Beattie M, Smith A, Chisholm I, MacPhee M (2014) Pre-nursing scholarship: design and delivery of a work experience project for secondary school pupils in Scotland. 5th International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP), Noordwijkerhout, The Nether
  • Kyle RG, Atherton I (2014) Biogeography as critical nursing pedagogy: breathing life into nurse education by inspiring spirited student nurses. ESRC Social Science and Nursing Seminar Series: Seminar 1: Placing patients’ lives: exploring the contribution
  • Kyle RG, Atherton I (2014) Curriculum co-production: conversations between geography and nurse education. Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference: Geographies of co-production, RGS-IBG a
  • Kyle RG, Culbard WR, Evans J, Gray NM, Hubbard G (2012) Vocational rehabilitation services for patients with cancer: a pilot randomised controlled trial among women with breast cancer following surgery. 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosoc
  • Kyle RG, Dibben C, Atherton I (2015) Know thyself: utilizing routinely collected data to gain insight into the social determinants of nurses’ health. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Nursing Research Conference, East Midland Conference Centre
  • Kyle RG, Culbard WR, Evans J, Gray NM, Hubbard G (2012) Vocational rehabilitation services for patients with cancer: a pilot randomised controlled trial among women with breast cancer following surgery. UICC World Cancer Congress, Palais de Congrès, Montr
  • Kyle RG, Blundell J, Webster E, Munoz S-A, Macaden L (2014) Can dignity be taught? Student nurses’ opinions on pedagogy to promote dignified care of older adults. 3rd Enhancing Nursing through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference, Robert Gordon Univers
  • Kyle RG, Milligan C, Bondi L, Fyfe NR, Kearns RA, Larner W (2008) The Tertiary Turn: locating ‘the academy’ in autobiographical accounts of activism in Manchester, UK and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Mee
  • Kyle RG, Kesby M, Sothern M, Andrews G, Atherton I (2015) Transfusing our lifeblood: reframing research impact through interdisciplinary collaboration between health geography and nurse education. 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), Sim
  • Kyle RG, Harding AL, Revell N, Forbat L, Hubbard G (2012) Increased cancer awareness among British adolescents after a school-based educational intervention: a quasi-experimental before-and-after study. 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosoc
  • Kyle RG, Harding AL, Revell N, Forbat L, Hubbard G (2012) Cancer awareness among adolescents in Britain: a cross-sectional study. 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy (IPOS), Brisbane, Australia, 13th-15th November.

 

Media Activity

  • Daily Record (14/05/14) Fears for sunbed kids (p.25).
  • Daily Record (03/11/15) Overweight nurses a big problem (p.9)
  • Daily Mail (03/11/15) Two-thirds of nursing staff are overweight (p.25)
  • Daily Express (03/11/15) Alarm at obesity among nurses (p.5)
  • Daily Mail (23/12/15) Trainee nurses forced to exercise because they are FAT http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3365799/Trainee-nurses-forced-exercise-FAT-University-makes-rounders-roller-skating-sports-day-course-make-NHS-staff-better-role-models.
  • Daily Star (03/11/15) Nurses are just too fat (p.2)
  • Daily Express (23/12/15) Nurses told to 'shape up' after shock study finds 70 per cent are porky: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/629058/nurses-told-shape-up-shock-study-finds-70-per-cent-porky
  • Courier & Advertiser (03/11/15) Shock figures show obesity problem in nursing profession (p.14)
  • Evening Times (13/05/14) Shock as 12-year-old city kids admit using sunbeds (p.9): http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/shock-as-12-year-old-city-kids-admit-using-sunbeds-163238n.24189897
  • Glasgow Evening Times (03/11/15) Warning over high number of overweight nurses (p.2)
  • Syndicated content in Arbroath Today, Brechin Advertiser, Buchan Observer, Buteman, Carluke Gazette, Carrick Gazette, Cumbernauld Today, Deeside Piper & Herald, Donside Piper & Herald, East Lothian Today, Ellon Times, Evening Express, Falkirk Herald, Fife
  • Press & Journal (03/11/15) Almost 70% of nurses obese (p.11)
  • Scottish Daily Mail (14/05/14) Tanning salon addicts aged 12: fears for Scottish children risking cancer with illegal use of sunbeds (pp.1, 8). (Front Page Coverage)
  • Scottish Television (STV) News (13/05/14) ‘Urgent action’ needed as 130 Glasgow children admit using sunbeds (including recorded interview): http://news.stv.tv/west-central/275084-almost-130-glasgow-schoolchildren-admit-using-sunbeds-illegally/
  • Scottish Television (STV) News (02/11/2015) Nearly seven in ten Scots nurses overweight or obese, survey finds (including outside live broadcast including recorded interview)
  • Scottish Sun (14/05/14) Sunbed kids fear (p.19).
  • The Scotsman (Editorial) (03/11/15) Health of nurses is a weighty issue (Leader)
  • The Scotsman (29/12/15) Cancer lessons ‘improve early detection in teens’: http://www.scotsman.com/giving-back/charities/cancer-lessons-improve-early-detection-in-teens-1-3986715
  • The Scotsman (03/11/15) Two-thirds of Scots nurses 'overweight' (p.1) / Fears for Scots nurses' health as 70% judged overweight (p.13) (Front Page Coverage)
  • The Herald (03/11/15) Alarm at number of overweight nurses (p.1) / Most Scots nurses are overweight (p.3) (Front Page Coverage)
  • The Herald (14/05/14) City children admit illegal sunbed use (p.10): http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/city-children-admit-illegal-sunbed-use.24217269
  • The National (03/11/15) 70% of nurses are overweight (p.10)
  • The Sun (03/11/15) 7 in 10 nurses are overweight (p.20)
  • The Times (03/11/15) Most nurses overweight, study finds (p.16)
  • Clyde 1 Radio News (02/11/15) 7 Out Of 10 Nurses Overweight Or Obese, According To Survey
  • Metro (03/11/15) 70% of nurses overweight says report (p.14)
  • Metro (14/05/14) Young unaware of skin cancer risk (p.21).
  • Nursing Times (02/11/15) ‘Urgent’ action needed to tackle nurse obesity
  • Kyle RG (2015) Time to put nurses in the spotlight The Scotsman, 27 August 2015.
  • Mail on Sunday (08/11/15) How to get NHS staff fit to work on wards? Scuba diving lessons! (p.53)
  • Morning Star (14/05/14) Scottish children using cancer-causing sunbeds, study finds: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-0500-Scottish-children-using-cancer-causing-sunbeds,-study-finds/#.U3MszoFdVjQ

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Student Nursing Times Awards (2013) (Finalist – Partnership Working Category) Education Award (PNS)
  • Scottish Government Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) Research Awards (2015) (Shortlisted – Impact Category)
  • Scottish Education Awards (2013) (Winner - Enterprise and Employability Across Learning (Secondary) Category)
  • Scottish Crucible Leadership and Development Programme (2011 )One of 30 future research leaders competitively selected from 94 applicants. Award value: £3,000.
  • University Medal, Royal Scottish Geographic Society (2002) Awarded to the best graduating honours geography student in each of the Scottish Universities.

 

Conference Activity

  • Bell S, Kyle RG, Power A (2016) Reconceptualising spaces of health and wellbeing through nexus thinking (1): Environment (Geography of Health and Wellbeing Research Group Sponsored Session). Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographe
  • Munoz S-A, Bowyer S, MacPhail I, Medford W, Kyle RG, Macaden L, Webster E (2014) Co-producing knowledge on health, wellbeing and place through participatory research (2): Creativity and Place (Geography of Health Research group Sponsored Session, Session
  • Munoz S-A, Bowyer S, MacPhail I, Medford W, Kyle RG (Chair), Macaden L, Webster E (2014) Co-producing knowledge on health, wellbeing and place through participatory research (1): Environment (Geography of Health and Wellbeing Research Group Sponsored Sess
  • Kyle RG, Atherton IA (2016) Harnessing secondary data to enhance nurse education: approaches and applications from the Nurses’ Lives Research Programme. 6th International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP), Brisbane, Australia, 3rd-6th April
  • Kyle RG (Chair), Beattie M, Smith A (2014) Supporting successful transition into nurse education and nursing practice: sharing lessons from a pre-nursing scholarship (Symposium Convenor). 5th International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP), Noordwijkerh

 

Editorial Activity

  • Wells M, Amir Z, Cox T, Eva G, Greenfield D, Hubbard G, Kyle RG, McLennan S, Munir F, Scott S, Sharp L, Taskila T, Wiseman T (the CanWork Research Group) (2014) Time to act: the challenges of working during and after cancer, initiatives in research and pr
  • Kyle RG (2010) Living and working longer with cancer British Journal of Community Nursing, 15(12): 577.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) Examinations. Sarah Bowyer (University of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Examinations Ing-Marie Logie (University of Stirling)

 

Current Post Grad projects