Portrait of Mrs Karen Currell Mrs Karen Currell

k.currell@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473356


I began working at the University of Huddersfield in January 2007  first as a lecturer practitioner and then in July 2007 as a senior lecturer. And am still in post as field leader for the course. I teach predominantly on the child nursing course but also  on the wider nursing curriculum and other allied health professional courses such as Midwifery and physiotherapy. I am a registered RSCN ( Registered Sick children’s Nurse )  , registered RGN ( Registered General Nurse)  and  a registered teacher. I am also a qualified neonatal nurse and in addition I hold a diploma in respiratory medicine. I have a Post graduate diploma in health professional education  and an MSc in health professional education with distinction and am currently studying part time for a Phd. My nursing career began with my training at the Hosptials for sick children , Great Ormond Street London  and St mary’s Hospital Paddington London where I trained and worked for seven years .I then moved home to the north of England and worked at St James University hospital  as a staff nurse and then Sister .I have also worked in the community setting before moving into education . My clinical experience  covers , general paediatrics, respiratory medicine , liver disease in children and diabetes and neonatal intensive care.

Research and Scholarship

I am currently researching and writing a paper on Virtual Learning Environments  a concept analysis  . I am also writing a paper with a technology colleague on online MCQ exams . I am also working with a colleague to gain funding to research the affects of food allergies on children and their families.My areas of research interest lie predominantly within qualitative methodologies and in any paediatric related subject and in teaching, learning and Assessing using digital technologies.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Currell, K (2015) ‘Valuable knowledge about how families manage their child’s allergyNursing Children and Young People , 27 (4), p. 13. ISSN 2046-2336


Currell, K. and Dagg, P. (2014) ‘Encompassing design - exploiting the VLE to create the online resource for nursing students planning a voluntary placement’. In: 2014 SOLSTICE Elearning and CLT conference Learning and Teaching in Higher education : Effective practice, 5th and 6TH June 2014, Edge Hill University

Currell, K (2014) ‘An approach that helps break down gender stereotypes: Research and CommentaryNursing Children and Young People , 26 (1), pp. 13-13. ISSN 2046-2336


Currell, K. and Taylor, R. (2012) ‘Huddle Street - A virtual learning environment (VLE) for integrated interprofessional working within a healthcare setting’. In: International Technology, Education and Development Conference, 5th - 7th March 2012, Valencia, Spain , pp. 5480-5486


Currell, K (2011) ‘SORT:Ed - An Interactive Educational Game for HealthCare Students’. In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 98-101.


Currell, K (2010) ‘SORT:Ed’. In: 2010 UK Simulation in Nursing Education Conference, 9-10 June 2010, University of Huddersfield


Currell, K (2008) The academic Experiences of student Nurses who are dyslexic. A small scale phenomenological, explorative study. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfeild.


I am external examiner for Post registration criticall ill child and neonatal courses at the University of Brighton.I am also External examiner for child nursing Pre registration course at South Bank University ,London.

Research Degree Supervision

I have and continue to supervise BSc and MSc  research projects on paediatric and neonatal subject areas. I am also interested in digitital technologies and its use in higher education for teaching , learning and assessment

Enterprise Activities

I won a Yorkshire enterprise Scholarship in 2010 and funding to develop a commercially viable educational game . went on the develop , manufacture and sell  “ Sort Ed “ as board game to help teach child nursing. I own the domain name “Sort ED”. In 2012  I began my PHd . I am undertaking a doctorate of Enterprise which entails developing an idea into a product for commercialization. I am developing and researching a novel VLE for Health professional education with applications linked to cartoons, social media and gaming . I am currently working on its development and proof of concept before formulating a business plan fir route to markets.

Administrative Responsibilities

I am currently field leader for the child nursing course BSc (Hons) and as such am responsible for the smooth running of the course.

I am also an admissions tutor for the course and am actively involved in the recruitment , retention and marketing of the child nursing course .

I am link tutor for a wide range of  paediatric placement areas and frequently visit and liase with practitioner colleagues to ensure practice education runs smoothly and that students and mentors feel supported . I carry out educational audits in my clinical link areas throughout the year.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I teach across the entirety of the nursing curriculum . I am module leader for a large undergraduate module  teaching subjects including  anatomy and physiology ; sociology ; physchology and health surveillance and health promotion . I also co- ordinate and teach clinical skills using both low and high fidelity equipment. I also teach and assess on research modules  and interprofessional  learning. I am a moving and Handling facilitator and teach all health professional courses . I am disability co – ordinator for my course and support both my personal students  and any and all students requiring support. I passionately believe in student support and am very proud that I have been nominated by students  for first ; extra mile awards and  then thank you awards every year since the awards inception and won First place in the  Extra awards in 2007 for inspirational teaching and student support.