Ian Donaldson

Dr Ian Donaldson

  • Principal Academic
  • Bournemouth House B213, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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Ian is a Principal Academic in the Department of Nursing Science and is an Registered Adult Nurse. His main area of teaching is in Nursing Science, reflective practice and professional studies. His research and professional practice interests are in education and health care ethics. He is a member of the University Science and Technology research ethics committee. He has a wide range of experience in leading and managing education having been programme leader for adult nursing and Head of Education and has been Acting Head of Department for the Department of Nursing Science. He is also a member of the University quality assurance and enhancement group. He is the Faculty Official correspondent for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has been involved in leading multiple curriculum reviews and quality assurance reporting to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He has an interest in online portfolios and helped develop and implement an online assessment portfolio across the undergraduate pre registration nursing curriculum...



Principal Investigator: Dr Ian Donaldson Project Title: Evaluating feedback and feed forward in online and paper clinical practice assessment Funder name: Centre for Excellence in Leaning (CEL) BU Description: Student self-assessment and mentor feedback are essential for effective learning in practice. Academic support for students is also vital in order to enable students to use feedback to progress and to monitor emerging issues. The Faculty of health and Social Sciences has developed an online practice assessment for learning (OPAL) tool that Level C Midwifery and Adult Nursing students are piloting. This project will, firstly, identify the impact OPAL has on the quality and timeliness of self-assessment and mentor feedback compared with paper documents, by analysing student portfolios against feedback criteria; secondly, evaluate the value of contemporaneous access to students’ portfolios for academic staff.


Journal Articles


  • Donaldson, I., 2005. Professional issues. In: Borwell, B., ed. Bowel cancer: foundations for practice. London: Whurr, 208-220.


PhD Students

  • Dinah Hickish. Case study comparison of Palliative care in Nurse led units

Profile of Teaching PG

  • I teach health care ethics on the MSc Public Health and PG Dip Adult Nursing programmes

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Exploring Adult Nursing Level 4: Humanizing Nursing Care Level 5: Service Improvement Project Level 6 and Practice units across all three years of the Nursing programme


  • Evaluating feedback and feed forward in online and paper clinical practice assessment (Centre for Excellence in Leaning (CEL) BU, 01 Jun 2015). Awarded
  • Dementia Awareness Course (Royal Bournemouth Hospital, 01 May 2013). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Official Correspondent for Bournemouth University (2018-)
  • Coventry University. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, External Examiner to U/G Nursing (2011-2015)
  • De Montfort University. Leicester, External Examiner (2006-2011)

Internal Responsibilities

  • QEAG member, QEAG
  • Head of Education and Professional Practice, Academic Leadership
  • Panel member Science Technology and Health Research Ethics Panel, BU Research Ethics Panel Science Technology and Health
  • Acting Head of Department, Department of Nursing Science

Consultancy Activities

  • Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals Trust Practice Development Group, Professional / Academic Consultancy. Royal Bournemouth and Chrsitchurch Hospitals NHS Trust


  • Doctor of Education in Management and Policy (University of Bristol, 2011)
  • MA in Healthcare Ethics (London University, 1995)
  • Registered Nurse Tutor in Registered Nurse Teacher (English National Board, 1990)
  • BEd (Hons) in Nursing Education (South Bank Polytechnic/English National Board, 1990)
  • RN in Registered Nurse (General) (1980)


  • Foundation of nursing Studies (FoNS), Associate Member (2015-),
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Member,
  • Royal College of Nursing, Member,
The data on this page was last updated at 04:10 on January 15, 2021.