McGuinness, Claire

Dr Claire McGuinness

Assistant Head Learning Teaching & Quality
Claire began the role of Assistant Head Learning Teaching and Quality for the School of Health & Life Sciences in November 2019, part of which includes leading the School’s Learning Development Centre team. She also continues to fulfil a teaching role for the Department of Nursing and Community Health as a Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Claire qualified as a Registered Children's Nurse in 1989 and has continued to professionally develop throughout her career. This has included attainment of; BSc Specialist Nursing Practice, MSc Nursing, Post Graduate Certificate (PgCert) in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and completion of PhD studies in 2017. The latter centred on the application of a constructivist grounded theory methodology, leading to the construction of a theory positioned in the psychology of persuasion and influence. Thesis title ‘Made in My Image - A Grounded Theory of Shaping and Moulding Mentorship Practice through Persuasion and Influence’.

Claire has been a member of the Department of Nursing and Community Health academic team since 2002, teaching across various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She also supervises honours, masters and, more recently, doctoral students, whose projects align with her areas of interest including; the student experience, transition and acclimatisation to higher education, practice/workplace learning and child health. Her research and publications reflect these areas of interest, as does national project work previously undertaken by Claire. Outputs from this project work have included the development of a national student feedback tool for nursing students and influencing the implementation of a pan-Scotland approach to practice learning evaluation for these students