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School of Health and Society

Maria Grant

Research Fellow (Information)


Maria has an academic background in library & information science. Maria's teaching and research interests centre on academic writing. She is a founding member of an international cross-disciplinary writers group and a local peer support writing group. Maria’s interest in professional academic writing has led to a mid-career PhD at Liverpool John Moores University exploring how academics acquire the skills to write for publication.

Maria is Editor-in-Chief of the official journal of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals' Health Libraries Group, the ISI listed Health Information and Libraries Journal (




  • Professional Academic Writing
  • Thinking, Reading & Writing Critically
  • Writing for Publication


  • Masters Dissertation (Taught) Others
  • Peer Support Writers Group
  • Turn Up & Write Seminars

Research Interests

My research focuses on what facilitates professional academic writing, from skills acquisition through to publication. Moving beyond rhetoric, I examine fresh approaches to scholarly communication, investigate the activities academic staff engage in to achieve their writing goals, and use network analysis to explore hidden trends.

Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow of the Health Education Authority

PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Dist): University of Salford

MSc (Econ) in Health Information Management (Dist): University of Wales, Aberystwyth

BA (Hons) in Library and Information Science: University of Central England


Rushton, M. A., Howarth, M. L., Grant, M. J., & Astin, F. (in press). Person centred discharge education following coronary artery bypass graft: a critical review. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Driscoll, A., Grant, M. J., Carroll, D., Dalton, S., Deaton, C., Jones, I., et al. (in press). The effect of nurse-to-patient ratios on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Grant, M. J., Cavanagh, A., & Yorke, J. The impact of caring for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on carers' psychological well-being: a narrative review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49(11), 1459-1471.

Grant, M. J., Munro, W., McIsaac, J., & Hill, S. (2010). Cross-disciplinary writers' group stimulates fresh approaches to scholarly communication: a reflective case study within a higher education institution in the North West of England. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 16(S1), 44-64.

Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91-108.

Complete list

Postgraduate research

  • Grounded theory
  • Health information
  • Professional academic writing
  • Systematic reviews
  • Writing for publication