• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Brian is a Registered Nurse and Lecturer in Higher Education Practice.
Brian has expertise in all aspects of pedagogy and the influence it has on the student experience. He is particularly interested in, authentic assessment design and rubric construction, Academic Self-Efficacy, and the contribution it makes to confidence and motivation. Brian is currently focused on the impact that AI has on the university experience for staff and students.


Research Interests

Brian's research interests are about all aspects of inclusive pedagogy and authentic assessment. In particular he is interersted in academic self efficacy, artificial intelligence and developing higher education literacies.

Teaching Interests

Brian's teaching interests focus upon pedagogy, learning and teaching methods, curriculum design, learning outcome construction, assessment design/redesign, understanding and enhancing student engagement and evaluation techniques. He is particularly interested in enabling engagement through the development of inclusive practice.

Brian is the MEd Course Director and teaches the first module on the PGCHEP.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Academic Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Student Nurses

Award Date: 15 Dec 2022

Postgraduate Diploma in Nurse Education

Award Date: 2 Nov 2005

Master, Advanced Nursing

Award Date: 13 Nov 2002

Bachelor, Health and Social Services Management, University of Manchester

Award Date: 10 Jun 1999

Diploma in the Advanced Study of Healthcare, Queens University, Belfast

Award Date: 6 Jul 1995

Certificate in Paediatric Intensive care Nursing, National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Northern Ireland

Award Date: 7 Sept 1992

Registered Sick Children's Nurse

Award Date: 20 Dec 1990

External positions

External Examiner, University of Manchester

1 Oct 201731 Dec 2021

Learning and Teaching Consultant, The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development

2015 → …

Curriculum Consultant, University of Worcester

16 Feb 201326 Feb 2013

External Examiner, University of Northampton

1 Sept 20121 Sept 2016


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Student engagement
  • Constructive alignment
  • Inclusion


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