Date of release: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A1997-New-Dean-for-School-of-Health-and-Social-Care-at-University-of-GreenwichDr Linda Burke has been appointed as Dean of the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Greenwich and will take up her new post on October 18, 2011. In her new role, Linda Burke will lead a team of 120 academic staff, working with more than 3,500 students in high-quality facilities, based mainly on the university’s Avery Hill Campus in South East London, and also on the Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime in Kent. The School offers a wide range of subjects including nursing, midwifery, social work, paramedical science, public health and psychology. Its adult nursing provision was recently judged as best in the capital by NHS London.

Linda joins the university from the Nursing & Midwifery Council, where she is Head of Revalidation, leading the development of a new national revalidation system for all UK nurses and midwives. She has a strong track record in the health sector, having held senior management posts at NHS London, where she was Head of Strategy and Development and at Kingston University, where she was Associate Dean for Practice Education and Head of Nursing. She has also worked in the Department of Health and at South Bank University.

An Economic & Social History graduate, Linda went on to train as a nurse, with a special interest in oncology. When she moved into nursing education, she studied for a PG Dip in Education then took an MA in Education Studies before completing her doctorate at South Bank University in 2003. She is an active researcher and continues to publish widely in the field of health care education policy. Her recent work includes studies on the employability of newly qualified nurses, language support for students with English as a second language and improving the quality of the student experience.

“Greenwich has a wonderfully diverse student body combined with excellent teaching, great student feedback and a developing research culture; those are really attractive reasons to come here,” says Linda. “The School has put a lot of effort into the quality of its teaching and learning, making sure that employers get the good quality graduates they need. I look forward to developing partnerships with health service providers in the region, as well as nurturing research across the School.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Baroness Blackstone, says: “I am delighted with the appointment of Linda Burke to this important senior post and I am confident that the School will continue to flourish under her leadership. She combines an excellent record of achievement in management, education and research with experience of working in different parts of the sector, as both purchaser and provider of nurse education.”

Linda Burke will succeed Professor Liz Meerabeau, who has led the School since 1997 and who is to retire as Dean this summer.


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