Melanie Coward

Professor Melaine Coward

Head of the School of Health Sciences
+44 (0)1483 682507
33 HSM 01
Personal assistant: Jane Atkins
+44(0) 1483 686693


University roles and responsibilities

  • Head of the School of Health Sciences


Research interests

My teaching

My publications


Peer reviewed publications

2018 Coward, M. and Rhodes, A. Reflecting for patient care improvement. Nursing Management, Accepted for publication, July 2018.

2018, Coward, M. Reflection and personal learning.  Nursing Management, Published, July 2018.

2018 Coward, M. Encouraging reflection in professional learning.  Nursing Management. Published, June 2018. 

2018 Coward, M. A Case Study to Explore Nurse Educators Approaches to Teaching Reflection. Submitted March 2018 to Nurse Education Today: under review.

2017 Coward, M.  An enquiry into nurse educators’ beliefs, understandings and approaches to teaching the concepts of reflection to adult student nurses in UK Higher Education Institutes.  Thesis submitted for Doctor of Education, awarded by Kingston University, Available at:

2017 Bolger, S., Rhodes, A. and Coward, M. Impact of a maternal sepsis training package on maternity staff compliance with Trust guidelines. British Journal of Midwifery, 25 (2): 116-121

2016 Coward, M., Crombie, A., Joy, M., Ream, E., Tremblay, M. and Wilson, P.  Primary Care Strategic Workforce Planning Programme. Researchgate, Available at:

2011 Coward, M. Does the Use of Reflective Models restrict critical thinking and therefore learning in nurse education. What have we done? Nurse Education Today, 31: 883–886

Book chapters

2018 Coward, M. and Rhodes, A. Utilising Interprofessional learning to engender employability IN Enhancing Employability in Higher Education through Work Based Learning, Morley, D. (ED).  London: Palgrave Macmillan.