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Ashleigh Ward is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, where she has a substantive role in both scholarship and research. 

Ashleigh began her academic career studying biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, where she studied elective modules in mathematics, genetics and the pathophysiology of disease, and worked part time caring for people with dementia.  After completing her degree, Ashleigh gave up her caring role to embark on postgraduate studies in brain imaging at the University of Glasgow and pursue a developing interest in the healthy ageing of the brain.  During her studies, Ashleigh realised that her career was following the wrong path and changed track to pursue a career in nursing. 

Ashleigh entered academia early in her nursing career by accepting a post as a research nurse with the University of Dundee, based at Ninewells Teaching Hospital.  Ashleigh then relocated to University of Stirling where she completed her doctoral studies and accepted her first post as a lecturer.  Ashleigh has now returned to the University of Dundee where she is in the privileged position of Field Lead for Adult Nursing. 

Ashleigh is driven by a passion for improving and diversifying care and will continue to pursue a meaningful career spanning both scholarship and research. 

Athena Swan committee member: 2020 - present


In learning and teaching, Ashleigh aims to teach content in a way that is practically useful to healthcare students. Her specific interests relate to bioscience in nursing education and inclusivity in healthcare practice.

Ashleigh consolidates the different strands of her academic background to facilitate learning of biosciences from an individual and biopsychosocial perspective and as something that changes with age and lifestyle.

Further, Ashleigh seeks to lessen or remove unreasonable barriers to nursing practice thereby enabling students to achieve to the best of their ability.

Field Lead for Adult Nursing: 2020 – present

UG Fundamentals of Health and Care 1: 2020 – present

PQ Microbiology and its Application to Practice: 2020 – present

PQ dissertation supervisor: 2020 - present


Ashleigh is an early career researcher who is committed to engaging in impactful and embedded research with strong patient involvement, and strengthening collaboration between healthcare, academia and the third sector.

Research interests

Delphi methodology

Prostate diseases

Capacity development in healthcare services

Men's health

LGBT(Q+) health

Nurse and allied health professional education and development


Education/Academic qualification

Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 30 Sep 2020

University of the West of Scotland

Award Date: 28 Feb 2013

University of Glasgow

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

University of Glasgow

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

External positions

Science and Education Committee Member

1 Sep 2017 → …


1 Jun 2016 → …

Ethical committee member

1 Mar 2014 → …

PAGES (patient advisory group) member

1 Oct 2013 → …


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