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Dr Lynette Shotton

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I started my adult nursing career in 1995 and later qualified as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, practising in the Health Visiting field. I have been working in higher education since 2008, joining Northumbria University in 2015.

Here at Northumbria University I have contributed to a range of provision in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, including successful programme leadership commended by the NMC for innovation and quality.

Between January 2020 and July 2021 I was Director of Access and Participation for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences., where I led and collaborated on a range of faculty and university wide projects to improve access, participation and outcomes for under-represented students. In this role I developed key partnerships with internal and external stakeholders in the region (NERAP) and nationally (BECOME) which I continue to grow in order to develop my teaching, research and knowledge exchange impact.

I have used my extensive professional and academic expertise as a platform to grow as a leader. Between July 2021 and September 2022, I successfully held the role of Head of Subject, Department of Social Work, Education and Community Well-being resulting in being asked to act as Interim Deputy Head of Department in October 2022. In November 2023 I was appointed as Interim Dean of Apprentices, a role that aligns well with my passion for vocational and experiential learning. 

My strategic academic leadership extends beyond the university in prestigious roles as an appointed member of the Strategic Advisory Group for Teaching and Learning with Advance HE (since 2021) and member of the Council of Deans Strategic Policy Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (since 2022), where my extensive professional and academic experience contribute to the development of policy at national and international level. 

My promotion to Associate Professor in July 2022 underlines my commitment and impact in the university, my discipline (nursing) and  in promoting excellence in higher education and good standing in educational research.

Recognition as Principal Fellow of Advance HE acknowledges my distinguishable contribution and achievement of significance influence and enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education.

My research interests bring the two strands of my professional life together, The first strand of my work focuses on the implementation of new approaches to support the education and training of the breastfeeding workforce. My work is embedded in UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Training and widely used across the NHS and Local Authorities by midwives, health visitors and other practitioners who support breastfeeding.

The second strand is focused on understanding and addressing educational inequality and improving access to higher education, particularly for care experienced students.

Lynette Shotton

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A new memory aide to remember principles of attachment for effective breastfeeding, Shotton, L., Elliott, C., Nunn, R., Lane, K. 8 Apr 2024, RCN Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2024, Birmingham, Royal College of Nursing
  • Cost of living impacts on student engagement, continuation and Well-being - Staff Perspective, Shotton, L. 8 Apr 2024, Alliance of Working Class Academics
  • Emotional labour - understanding and responding to the emotional challenges of nursing, Harland Shotton, L. 2 Apr 2024, Nursing Studies - A Path to Success, London, IntechOpen
  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse: Approaches to Care for Health Professionals, Dosdale, C., Senior, E., Shotton, L., Skarparis, K. 13 May 2024
  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse, Dosdale, C., Senior, E., Shotton, L., Skarparis, K. 13 May 2024, Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse, London, Routledge
  • A mixed methods evaluation of the memory aide for positioning: CHINS, Shotton, L. 22 Nov 2023, UNICEF Annual Conference
  • An evaulation of The Little Orange Book: a short film, Shotton, L., Johnson, A., Carruthers, K., Breckons, M. 31 Aug 2023
  • Evaluating the Little Orange Book, Shotton, L., Johnson, A., Carruthers, K., Breckons, M. 28 Feb 2023
  • Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes: How to Spot it and How to Help, Defeyter, M., Walton, P., Aspray, C., McKean, M., Shotton, L., Murphy, K., Goodwin, S., Forsey, A. 19 Oct 2022
  • Health Literacy, Shotton, L., Senior, E. 30 Sep 2022, Fundamentals for Public Health Practice, London, SAGE

  • Marie Millican Using creative methods to improve engagement to public health services with looked after children and young people (LACYP) in the North East. Start Date: 29/11/2023
  • Julie Alderson Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Sarah Greenshields 'A retrospective, phenomenological study examining how care experience influences diet and eating practices' Start Date: 22/05/2019

  • Education EdD March 26 2019
  • Health MSc June 30 2007
  • Nursing BSc (Hons) September 02 2002
  • Nursing Diploma July 29 1998
  • Senior Fellow Advance HE
  • Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy/ Advance HE PFHEA 2023
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016
  • Nurse teacher 2010
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing / Health Visiting SCPHN/HV 2002
  • Nurse Prescriber 2002
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1998

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