I am a Principal Lectuer in the School of Health and Education. I also have the honour of holding the award of Senior Teaching Fellow and make it my mission to promote high quality innovative and interactive teaching across my department and the university as a whole. I am passionate about inclusivity and consider this the bedrock of everything I do.
DProf, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGDip Ed, RN, OncNCert, RNT, FHEA.
Teaching includes undergraduate nursing (adult branch and European nursing) and other healthcare professionals.
Teaching subjects include:
Middlesex University Teaching Fellowship (Teaching Excellence) 2004
Middlesex University Senior Teaching Fellowship (Teaching Excellence) 2011
Editor of Middlesex Teaching Fellows newsletter: INSPIRE
Widening participation and the student life cycle, lecturers understanding of diversity and how this impacts upon their teaching
Experiential learning, placement learning environments
Gibbs, Paul and Cartney, Patricia and Wilkinson, Kate and Parkinson, John and Cunningham, Sheila and James-Reynolds, Carl and Zoubir, Tarek and Brown, Venetia and Barter, Phil and Sumner, Pauline and MacDonald, Angus and Dayananda, Asanka and Pitt, Alexandra (2015) Literature review on the use of action research in higher education. Education Action Research . ISSN 0965-0792 (Accepted/In press)
Cunningham, Sheila and Plume, Ruth (2007) Engaging employers in work-based learning: a case study BSc. (hons) Environmental Health. In: ASET Annual Conference 2007, UWIC, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff.
Cunningham, Sheila (2013) Teaching a diverse student body – a proposed tool for lecturers to self-evaluate their approach to inclusive teaching. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 8 (1). pp. 3-27. ISSN 1750-8428
Cunningham, Sheila and Tunch, Orkide and Gallacher, Deeba (2013) Empowering bioscience students to develop employability skills through volunteering – voices of experience. In: HEA STEM Annual Conference 2013, 16-17 Apr 2013, Birmingham, UK.
Cunningham, Sheila (2011) Widening participation in higher education: a case study and evaluation. DProf thesis, Middlesex University.
Work-based learning (IWBL) grant to develop online resources for employers to support placement students.
Higher Education Teaching Development Grant (2012): this project enabled a partnership approach with students to explore volunteering as an avenue to empower biomedical students to develop employability skills. This resulted in setting up of a satellite society within Middlesex of a 'Marrow' group whereby students engage with peers and the public and community to raise awareness of, and recruit to, the bone marrow donor register. This has been hugely welcomed by students and influential in increasing the diversity of donors to the register which are sorely needed.
Administrative and professional duties/roles
Reviewer and advisor to Nursing Standard, Cancer Nursing and Nursing Times journals
External examiner roles (nursing programmes) quailty assurance and enhancement role
Member of London Higher Education Access Forum.