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Personal profile

Approach to teaching

I like to ensure that students leave taught sessions with a clear understanding of the content that has been delivered. This is achieved through the utilisation of a range of technologies, simulation and ultimately, providing students with the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification around a subject.

Research interests

My research interests are based around my Professional Doctorate in Education. I am interested in the support systems in place for nursing students in clinical placements, formerly known as mentoring. Using qualitative methodology, I am exploring the perceptions of the purpose of practice placements for student nurses.


Research activity

Current research projects:

  • Having recently completed a doctorate, I am keen to explore opportunities related to supervision in the area of nurse education and mentoring, as well as conducting further research into the placement learning and support experiences of student nurses.

Scholarly biography

Darren is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, teaching primarily on the pre-registration nursing programme (BSc (Hons) Nursing). His main responsibilities are teaching and as an Associate Subject Lead for Nursing Sciences. He is also the university link with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Darren has a clinical background working in the NHS in a number of roles, including Operating Theatre nursing, education and governance management. He has an active interest around education at all levels, and is a governor at an East Sussex primary school.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 3 Mar 2023

External positions

External Examiner

1 Sept 202231 Dec 2026

External Examiner - University of Hertfordshire

1 Jul 202130 Sept 2024

Ambassador, Clinical Human Factors Group

1 Sept 201830 Aug 2020

External Examiner, Staffordshire University

1 Sept 201830 Aug 2022

External Lecturer, King's College London

1 Sept 201730 Aug 2021

ERFF Panel Member, Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP)

1 Mar 2012 → …


  • RT Nursing
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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