Dawn Gawthorpe

Dawn Gawthorpe

Senior Lecturer


Dawn is a member of the School for Midwifery, Nursing, Social Work and Social Science at the University of Salford. She is a Senior Lecturer and C16 Simulated Nurse Lead. In addition Dawn is an External Examiner at the University of Cumbria and is the Strategic Link University Lecturer for Royal Bolton Hospital and sitting on their workforce development group.

From 2010 to 2015 Dawn chaired the Assessment Comittee and was responsible for the review of new assessments prior to approval for use and ensuring internal verification was completed. In addition Dawn was the module and programme leader for the Nursing Higher Education Diploma and from May 2010 until September 2015 she was the school Examination and Assessment Lead implementing e-marketing, grade descriptor review and holding marking workshops. As well as managing the day-to-day organisation of academic teams and academic related staff.




Dawn's academic interests focus on adult nursing but particularly acute and critical care as her clinical speciality was neurosurgical nursing. involved in the delivery of Nursing Practice and Clinical Decision Making module Year 2 Semester 3 on the pre-registration Nursing programmes. Dawn is a personal tutor for the new C16 curriculum, and  a module team member for the post qualifying modules: Patients Experience of Neurosurgical Nursing level 6 and Acute Neuroscience care level seven; Legal aspects of Health Care level six: Clinical decision making level six and seven. As well as a guest speaker on the Advanced Practice Course and teach on the AIM programme. Formally a member of the undergraduate College Research panel and the University College Research, innovation and Academic Engagement Ethical Approval Panel up to 2011.

Simulated Nursing Practice Lead for C16 curriculum development

Research Interests

Dawn's research interests have been around medicines management having published two chapters in 2011 and she was asked to update this publication but the project is incomplete. Dawn has also just completed the updating of another chapter due for publication 2017.

Qualifications and Memberships

1982:  Registerd Mental Health Nurse (Nursing and Midwifery Council)

1999: BA (Hons) Health Studies (Bolton Institute)

2001: Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Education (Higher Education)

2004: Fellow of the Higher Academy

2006: MA Healthcare Ethics and Law (University of Manchester)


Royal College of Nursing

British Association of Neuroscience Nursing


Royal Bolton Hospital FT Workforce Development Group

UoS PARP member

UoS Academic regulations subcommittee member


Braine, ME, Gawthorpe, DM, Howe, PD., Ratcliffe, SM (2014). Through the keyhole , in: 43rd British Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Conference, 17-18 October 2014, Manchester. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository.

Gawthorpe, DM,. Rosen, L.  (2011). 'Student facing procedures'. The improvement of student engagement using Podcast Version 2 - A pilot , in: Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) 6th International Conference, Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, 6-8-July 2011, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK.

Braine, ME, Gawthorpe, DM, Howe, PD., Ratcliffe, SM “Through the key hole” - the patients’ perspective , in: British Association of Neuroscience Nurses - Annual Autumn Conference, 17th-18th October 2014, Palace Hotel, Manchester. (Unpublished)

Postgraduate research

  • Neuroscience Nursing
  • Ethics
  • Law