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Dr Julie-Ann MacLaren

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


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MG01, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Julie joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer in Education Development in 2008. In this role she led and developed mentorship provision; developing new modules and more flexible approaches to achieving this award for working nurses and midwives. Although Julie still actively contributes to these modules, her role has taken her into a different direction, and she has taken a number of Programme Leaderships in the School of Health, whilst contributing to both the pre- and post-registration nursing curriculum.

Prior to her move into Higher Education, Julie had a successful cancer nursing career at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer research where she worked as a Lecturer-Practitioner and member of the senior nursing team. Julie completed her doctorate in Education (EdD) in 2012, which focused on the learning needs of registered nurses undertaking their mentorship award.


  1. HE Diploma in Cancer Nursing, Manchester University, United Kingdom
  2. BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, South Bank University, United Kingdom
  3. MA Health Education and Health Promotion (Dist.), Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom
  4. Doctor of Education (EdD), Institute of Education, United Kingdom
  5. Professional Accreditation of Teaching in Higher Education (M level Certificate), Institute of Education
  6. Registered Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Administrative role

  1. Member of Mentorship Advisory Board, Practice Advisory Board


  1. Senior Lecturer, City, University London, 2008 – present


  1. Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Nursing and Midwifery Council


  1. City, University of London (2012) Learning Development Fellowship: Assessment and Feedback, LEaD
  2. City, University of London (2011) Nominated for Student Voice Award
  3. City, University of London (2009) Staff Recognition Award
  4. City University of London and Queen Mary's University (2008) Seedcorn Grant: Developing online learning materials, CETL (Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning)
  5. Surrey Centre for Excellence in Training and Education (2006) SCEPTrE Fellowship: Developing online student communities - Surrey University
  6. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (2002) Winston Churchill Memorial Travel Fellowship: Exploration of Methods of Lymphoedema Management in Mainland Europe


Research overview

Julie is involved in a cross-university project as part of her Learning and Development Associate Fellowship. This aims to explore the experiences of first year students of assessment and feedback. Her EdD thesis was entitled "Inside Mentoring Relationships: Influences and impacts on mentorship learning for acute care nurses in the NHS''. This combined social network analysis with documentary analysis and in-depth interviewing to gain a picture of the relationships supporting mentor development within two NHS Trusts.

Research areas

- Advancing workplace pedagogies
- Curriculum design
- Online curriculum design
- Practitioner research
- Qualitative research methodologies
- Supporting colleagues undertaking educational projects
- Analysing educational networks

Research centres

- Health Services Research and Management



  1. MacLaren, J. (2006). Nursing Patients With Cancer. In Kearney, N. and Richardson, A. (Eds.), Nursing Patients With Cancer Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0-443-07288-8.

Journal articles (10)

  1. Brook, J., Aitken, L., Webb, R., MacLaren, J. and Salmon, D. (2019). Characteristics of successful interventions to reduce turnover and increase retention of early career nurses: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 91, pp. 47–59. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.11.003.
  2. MacLaren, J.A. (2018). Supporting nurse mentor development: An exploration of developmental constellations in nursing mentorship practice. Nurse Education in Practice, 28, pp. 66–75. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2017.09.014.
  3. MacLaren, J.A. (2014). Developing Developing Assessment at City: A Review of Learning Development Associate Projects 2010-12 at City. Learning at City Journal, 4(1), pp. 14–26.
  4. Gothard, L., Stanton, A., MacLaren, J., Lawrence, D., Hall, E., Mortimer, P. … Yarnold, J. (2004). Non-randomised phase II trial of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in patients with chronic arm lymphoedema and tissue fibrosis after radiotherapy for early breast cancer. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 70(3), pp. 217–224.
  5. Gothard, L., Cornes, P., Earl, J., MacLaren, J., Mortimer, P., Peacock, J. … Yarnold, J. (2004). Double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial of vitamin E and pentoxifylline in patients with chronic arm lymphoedema and fibrosis after surgery and radiotherapy for breast cancer. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 73(2), pp. 133–139.
  6. MacLaren, J.-.A. (2003). Models of lymphoedema service provision across Europe: sharing good practice. Int J Palliat Nurs, 9(12), pp. 538–543. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2003.9.12.11990.
  7. MacLaren, J.-.A., Woods, M., Smith, J., Gilbert, J., Dlomo, C. and Villar-Hauser, L. (2002). Reflecting on your expert practice. Nurs Times, 98(9), pp. 38–39.
  8. MacLaren, J.A. (2001). Lymphoedema. Prof Nurse, 17(2), pp. 93–94.
  9. MacLaren, J.A. (2001). Skin changes in lymphoedema: pathophysiology and management options. Int J Palliat Nurs, 7(8), pp. 381–388. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2001.7.8.9009.
  10. MacLaren, J.A. (1996). Rehabilitation through advocacy and empowerment. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 3(9), pp. 492–497. doi:10.12968/bjtr.1996.3.9.14774.


Educational Leadership

Senior Lecturer
Programme Director: BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)
Programme Director: BSc (Hons) HEalth Sciences (Online)
Programme Director (Link): FD Public Service Management (City and Islington College)

Undergraduate Education

NM3272 Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings
CH3044 Leadership (Online) (Module Leader)
HS1012 Health Societies
Mentor Updates
Sign-off Mentor workshops
Induction sessions: Welcome to Moodle

Postgraduate Education

CHM002 Education in the Workplace (Module Leader)

Research Supervision

MSc Advanced Practice
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-up)

Other Areas of Interest

Educational Development
Online Learning
Workplace learning

Other Activities

Clinical activity

  1. Link lecturer, Barts Health NHS Trust (Newham University Hospital)


  1. Speech and Language Therapy Conference. City University London (2011).
    Description: Mentorship in the Nursing and Midwifery Professions