Dr Susan Harness, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead Community Specialist Practice
  • Institute of Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
Dr Susan Harness, PhD


Following a successful 25 years working within the NHS, the last 10 years within District Nursing, I entered teaching within Higher Education in 2008. My current role as Senior Lecturer at University of Cumbria has afforded me the opportunity to build on the foundations of my extensive clinical expertise together with developing my teaching and learning within the Department of Nursing, Health and Professional Practice.

Due to the diversity of students who enter the University of Cumbria I have developed and supported the use of innovative learning and teaching strategies within the classroom setting with additional provision through the use of innovative online and blended learning for national and international students.

Having completed the PGCE in Higher Education, I have been able to intgrate the theory learned to develop my teaching and learning skills in order to improve the overall student experience. recent student satisfaction evaluations demonstrate that programmes/ modules that I lead and deliver show high student satisfaction.

I have completed some action research on using a problem-solving approach within clinical scenarios to empower students. This was presented at Practitioner Research and hope to publish this paper in the future.

I am an active member of the Association for District Nurse Educators attending twice yearly conferences. As a group we are in the process of writing a leading Textbook on Community Nursing published with Hodder in 2012 and then 2018. I was awarded the title of Queen's Nurse in 2013 and am the regional lead for Queen's Nurses in the North West.

In 2018 I was awarded a PhD within educational research from Lancaster University. I will be contributing to academic journals through publishing my research. As an educator, I can model professional values and skills and ultimately influence and help to transform student learning.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD SFHEA PGCE, BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practice RGN

Academic and research interests

Educational research in Higher Education

District Nursing

Public Health and health inequalities


Palliative and End of Life Care

Research supervision

Supervisor of national and international students undertaking MSc dissertations.

PhD supervisor


Harness, S and Boyd, P (2021) Conceptions of Being a Lecturer in Nursing: Professional educator as ‘scholar’, submitted to Studies in Higher Education Research.

Harness, S. (2018) Conceptions of being a lecturer in nursing: Variation of identities and how these are negotiated during a tutorial, PhD thesis

Harness, S. (2018) QNI Conference University of Salford, Conceptions of being a Lecturer in Nursing

Harness, S. and Sprung, S. (2018) Chapter on ‘Collaborative Working’ which contributed to a leading Textbook for Community Nursing published through Hodder Education.

Harness, S. (2017) Presentation of research to Department of Health, Bermuda

Harness, S. (2016) Doctoral Colloquium University of Cumbria Understanding Phenomenography

Harness, S. (2015) Authored a chapter ‘Measuring Quality and Patient Outcomes’ in District Nursing at a Glance, Wiley and QNI.

Harness, S. (2014) Challenges of conducting qualitative research Edinburgh Napier University International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR)

Harness, S. (2010) ‘Action research on using a problem-solving approach within clinical scenarios to empower students’ Practitioner Research Conference Presentation.

Recent external roles

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Liverpool John Moore's University

Birmingham City University

University of Chester