Karen Clarke

Deputy Head of School (Adult Nursing)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Research Supervision:Yes

Karen's areas of expertise include pre-registration nursing (theory and practice), international student course leader/personal tutor and module leader. She also undertakes curriculum development and management. She's a clinical practice adviser, an Anglia Ruskin University academic adviser for Southend University Hospital NHS Trust and External Examiner.



Previous clinical background includes acute medicine, triage, dysphagia trained nurse specialist, wound management and Manual Handling trainer. Most recent clinical activities include surgical emergency co-ordinator. Karen holds a NMC recordable teaching qualification and used this qualification in clinical practice for training staff (qualified nurses and junior doctors) before joining the academic team at Anglia Ruskin University in 2006.  As an academic Karen continues to support pre-registration nurses as a personal tutor throughout their three years of training and our International Nurses who are undertaking a specialised BSc (Hons) focusing on international nursing studies. As a course leader Karen is involved in curriculum development, module leadership, academic assessment and learning and teaching.

As an appointed Education Champion for Southend University Hospital NHS Trust Karen collaborates closely with the Trust to ensure the highest level of clinical training of student nurses within the clinical setting. The clinical training includes the assessment of qualified nurses undertaking mentoring roles and the auditing of clinical placements as learning environments. It was this aspect of Karen’s role which led firstly to an Award winning poster presentation entitled ‘Mentorship for the 21st Century; The Devil is in the Detail’ and presenter of ‘Evaluating the value of an educational game in higher education, as part of a mentorship course for qualified health care practitioners’ at the 3rd NEP/NET International Conference Australia.

Research interests

  • Innovations in adult learning
  • International nursing
  • Culture Shock
  • Adult Learning

Karen is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate (EdD) with a key focus on the impact of culture shock on adult learning.


Karen’s experience and expertise of teaching of both pre-registration nursing (adult) students and post registration students in both clinical and nursing theory have prompted students in nominating her for the university ‘Make a Difference’ awards and being voted as the ‘Most Respected Lecturer’ of 2011.


  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) First Class, Anglia Polytechnic University
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Teaching and Learning), Anglia Polytechnic University
  • MSc Medical and Healthcare Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • IN PROGRESS – Education Doctorate (EdD) – Reducing the risk; can a risk assessment of culture shock enhance adult learning for International students? Expected completion date 2017
  • Fellow of the High Education Academy