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Julie Attenborough

Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


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M141 DEANERY, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Julie is a registered mental health nurse. Julie joined City, University of London in 1997 and she previously worked in community mental health services specializing in substance use problems and homelessness.

She has undertaken research about the relationship between homelessness and mental illness, student preferences in assessment, the use of audio feedback for formative assessment, health students' use of mobile devices. She is currently working on a project investigating the impact of professional revalidation on academic staff identity.

She is the Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Health Sciences, working with a number of health services providers across London and the South East.

Administrative Roles

- Council of Deans of Health
- Deans of Health in London Group
- Health Education Group (London Higher)
- Healthcare Professions Education Steering Group
- City, University of London Senate: Elected Senator
- Undergraduate Admissions Working Group
- Directors of Nursing Group (Health Education England)


  1. MSc Mental Health Studies, Kings College London, United Kingdom, 1992 – 1995
  2. RMN, Leeds Western Health Authority, United Kingdom, 1983 – 1986
  3. BSc (Hons) Politics, University of York, York, United Kingdom, 1978 – 1981

Postgraduate training

  1. PGCE (A), University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, 1997 – 1999


  1. Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Principal Fellow HEA, City, University of London, 1997 – present


  1. Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), Jul 2017 – present
  2. Member, Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)


Research overview

Julie has undertaken research projects investigating student preferences for assessment modes, use of audio feedback in assessment and use of discussion forums by mental health service users. She has also investigated the relationship between homelessness, mental health and health risk behaviours.

Current and recently completed grants/Activities

Julie is currently undertaking a project investigating health student preferences and compatibility for Mobile Learning (m-Learning) using a variety of mobile devices at City University London.

Research centres

- Education for Health Care Practice

Research Students

Further information: Julie supervises MSc and BSc students across a range of research projects and dissertations.



  1. Callaghan, P. and Gamble, C. (2015). Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing. OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-100885-6.

Chapters (4)

  1. Attenborough, J.A. (2009). Alcohol and Mood Disorders. In Phillips, P., McKeown, O. and Sandford, T. (Eds.), Dual Diagnosis Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-8009-2.
  2. Attenborough, J.A. (2009). Mental Health Nursing. In Jones, P. and Bourgeois, S. (Eds.), The Clinical Placement, A Nursing Survival Guide 2nd Edition Elsevier.
  3. Attenborough, J.A., Goodfellow, B. and Light, I. (2007). Practice Based Working with Users, Carers and Support Agencies. In Myles, P. and Rushworth, D. (Eds.), A Complete Guide to Primary Care Mental Health, Part Two London: Robinson.
  4. Attenborough, J.A. (2006). Motivational Interviewing. In Callaghan, P. and Waldock, H. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-856898-8.

Internet publication

  1. Reynolds, L. and Attenborough, J.A. (2018). Brave nurses who helped win women the vote can inspire today's leaders. Nursing Standard.

Journal articles (22)

  1. Attenborough, J., Abbott, S., Brook, J. and Knight, R.-.A. (2020). Pioneering new roles in healthcare: Nursing Associate students’ experiences of work-based learning in the United Kingdom. Work Based Learning e-Journal, 9(1), pp. 35–60.
  2. Attenborough, J. and Abbott, S. (2020). Using storytelling in nurse education: The experiences and views of lecturers in a higher education institution in the United Kingdom. Nurse Education in Practice, 44, pp. 102762–102762. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2020.102762.
  3. Reynolds, L., Attenborough, J. and halse, J. (2020). Nurses as educators: creating teachable moments in practice. Nursing Times, 116(2), pp. 25–28.
  4. Attenborough, J., Abbott, S., Brook, J. and Knight, R.A. (2019). Everywhere and nowhere: Work-based learning in healthcare education. Nurse Education in Practice, 36, pp. 132–138. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2019.03.004.
  5. Attenborough, J.A. and Abbott, S. (2018). The impact of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation on the professional identity of academic staff in a higher education institution: A qualitative study. Nursing Open. doi:10.1002/nop2.224.
  6. Attenborough, J., Knight, R.A. and Brook, J. (2018). Developing and sustaining a community of practice through twitter for work-based learning. Evidence-Based Nursing, 21(4), p. 115. doi:10.1136/eb-2018-102981.
  7. Attenborough, J., Knight, R.-.A. and Parker, P. (2018). Undergraduate student views about assessment workload. Educational Developments, (19.3), pp. 14–16.
  8. Attenborough, J.A. and Abbott, S. (2018). Leave them to their own devices: healthcare students’ experiences of using a range of mobile devices for learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(2). doi:10.20429/ijsotl.2018.120216.
  9. Attenborough, J.A. and Abbott, S. (2018). Building a professional identity: views of pre-registration students. Nursing Times, 114(8), pp. 52–55.
  10. Halse, J., Reynolds, L. and Attenborough, J. (2018). Creating new roles in healthcare: lessons from the literature. Nursing Times, 114(5), pp. 34–37.
  11. Attenborough, J.A., Reynolds, L. and Halse, J. (2018). Creating new roles in healthcare: lessons from the literature. Nursing Times, 114(4), pp. 34–37.
  12. Attenborough, J. (2017). Enabling revalidation for registrants working in an education setting. Nursing Times, 113(4), pp. 34–35.
  13. Attenborough, J.A., abbott, S. and Robinson, A. (2014). How would students prefer to be assessed? Report of a pilot research study. Learning at City, 4(1)(1), pp. 94–107.
  14. Parker, P.M., Attenborough, J., Cunningham, M., Holland, W. and Perkins, J. (2013). Interim Project report: Teaching Excellence: what is this and how can we assess and recognise this. Learning at City Journal, 3(1), pp. 93–98.
  15. Attenborough, J.A., Gulati, S. and Abbott, S. (2012). Audio feedback on student assignments: boon or burden? Learning at City Journal, 2(2).
  16. Abbott, S., Attenborough, J., Cushing, A., Hanrahan, M. and Korszun, A. (2009). Patient-centred care and compulsory admission to hospital: students consider communication skills in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 4(4), pp. 26–34.

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  17. Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. and Attenborough, J. (2008). Talking with the experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users in the education of mental health nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 28(5), pp. 633–640. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2007.09.009.
  18. Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. and Attenborough, J.A. (2008). Talking with the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum with mental health service users and student nurses. Nurse Education Today, 8(5), pp. 633–640.
  19. Attenborough, J.A. and Power, C. (2003). Up from the streets: A follow- up study of people referred to a specialist team for the homeless mentally ill. Journal of Mental Health, 12(1), pp. 41–49. doi:10.1080/09638230021000058283.
  20. Attenborough, J.A., Cort, E.M. and Watson, J.P. (2002). An initial exploration of community mental health nurses' attitudes to and experience of sexuality-related issues in their work with people experiencing mental health problems. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 8(6), pp. 489–499.
  21. Attenborough, J.A. and Watson, J.P. (1997). Staff Perception of Sexual Behaviour in a London Shelter for Homeless Men. Journal of Sexual and Marital Therapy, 12(2), pp. 139–146.

Other (2)

  1. Attenborough, J.A. (2009). Heartsounds: the Butabika Project (DVD and reusable learning object for service user and carer education and training).
  2. Attenborough, J.A., Cushing, A., Hanrahan, M. and Korszun, A. (2008). Communication in Mental Health Assessment: An Interprofessional Teaching Resource (DVD and learning object on CETL website).


Modules taught on

- BSc Health Sciences
- BSc Mental Health Nursing

Other modules that Julie teaches include: mental health, problematic drug and alcohol use, use of social media.

Other Activities

Events/conferences (4)

  1. 25th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference. (Conference) Churchill College, University of Cambridge (2014).
    Paper: Leave them to their own devices: Healthcare students' experiences of using a range of mobile devices for learning
    Author: Julie Attenborough
    Co-authors: Roberta Williams
  2. 18th Annual SEDA Conference. Bristol (2013).
    Description: Presentation: Is teaching excellence just about being creative?
  3. HEA eLearning in Health Conference 2011. (2011).
    Description: Presentation: Using formative audio feedback via Moodle to feed-forward and enhance learner engagement in assessments
  4. Third International Clinical Skills Conference. (2009).
    Description: Presentation: Developing Reusable learning objects to enhance student nurses' engagement with mental health service users