Marion Waite

Principal Lecturer Student Experience

MSc, BA, RN, RM, RHV, SPQ Community Practitioner,Nurse Prescriber, Practice Educator, SFHEA

After a career in the NHS as a nurse, midwife and health visitor Marion joined Higher Education in 2002 to follow her interest in professional education.
Since then Marion has developed her role as  a teacher , staff developer and nurse and pedagogic researcher with a specialist focus on improving patient outcomes, student learning, and the student experience.
Marion also collaborates with colleagues both from the Faculty of Technology, Design, and Engineering and other institutions, patient groups and clinicians nationally and internationally on projects that aim to empower patients with long-term conditions by the development and use of health care technologies. This includes a successful EU Horizon 2020 research bid "Patient Empowerment through Predictive Personalised Decision Support" (PEPPER)
Marion has designed, implemented, co-facilitated and evaluated a range of courses for qualified nurses, allied health professionals, and educational practitioners by collaborating with both learners and colleagues locally, nationally and internationally This includes one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to be delivered in the UK, #FSLT12
Marion engages learners to adopt a variety of roles to transform their continuing professional development and has developed a novel model of the student as co-producer and research writer . This takes the form of a Faculty-based writing group for academic staff and students or alumni writing-in-dyads for peer-reviewed publication. Marion was awarded a University teaching fellowship in 2012 in order to lead and develop this project.
Marion’s identity as a Digital Scholar has emerged from her own teaching practice and is focused on developing digital literacies for colleagues and learners . This is influenced by a philosophy of inclusiveness and access for all to the skills which are required for participation in healthcare practice, academic study and research in the 21st Century. Marion facilitates varied staff development activities for internal and external colleagues in order to promote this. She draws on sensitive communication skills developed during her healthcare career to facilitate change for participants.
Marion’s research experience is further consolidated by reading for a D.Phil at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She is exploring academic research writing development within nursing.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Teaching- Faculty of Health & Life Sciences:

MSc Nursing Studies (Leadership in practice) , course leader


  • Evidence-based practice  P49203(Online distance delivery, module leader)
  • Mastering Professional  Nursing Practice P49202 (Online distance delivery, module leader)
  • Creating Frameworks for Learning P44401 (On-campus & online distance delivery, course tutor)
  • MSc dissertation supervisor
Teaching- Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Doctor of Education (professional doctorate programme).
  • Writing for Academic Practice (WRAP1) P72003 (course tutor)
  • Writing for Academic Practice (WRAP2) P72004 (module leader)

Research activities

Research awards

  • 2010 Oxford Brookes University Central Research Fund. Oxford Brookes University
  • 2012 JiSC Open Line Project
  • 2012 Oxford Brookes Teaching Fellowship
  • 2013 Santander Research Scholarship
  • 2014 HEIF Funding
  • 2015, Oxford Brookes University Central Research Fund, Swift Project
  • 2015, EU2020 Horizon funding, PEPPER Project

Membership of Research Groups


  • The Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory (OSAT), University of Oxford
  • Applied Linguistics Group, Oxford Brookes University
  • Supportive Care, Oxford Brookes University
  • Nursing Research, Oxford Brookes University


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Foley, A. Gibbs, C. Waite, M &  Davison-Fischer, J. (2015). Students as Producers: The Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Pilot. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change. 1 (1).

Alyzood, M. Lansdown, G. Okoli, J & Waite, M. (2014). Supervisory Relationships. The Experiences of International Masters Students. The Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching. 6. (2)

Godden, J & Waite, M. (2014) Medicines Management in the Community: A HF Specialist Nurse Prescriber's Experience. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. (In press.)

Waite, M. Martin, C & Curtis, S. (2013) Mobile Phone Applications and Type 1 Diabetes: A mixed methodology approach to explore usability issues and potential for self management. Diabetes and Primary Care. 15 (1)

Waite, M., Mackness, J., Roberts, G., & Lovegrove, E.  2013). Liminal participants & skilled orienteers: A case study of learner participation in a MOOC for new lecturers. Journal of Online Teaching

Mackness, J. Waite, M. Roberts, G & Lovegrove, E. (2013) Learning in a small, task–oriented, connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical issues and implications for higher education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v. 14, n4.

Roberts, G., Mackness, J., Waite, M., & Lovegrove, E. (i2013). x v c: Hybrid learning in, through and about MOOCs. OER13/JIME
Conference Presentations:

Waite, M. (2014). A Virtual and Collaborative Writing Group for Alumni, Learners & Lecturers. WDHE 2014. Future Directions in Academic Writing. University of Coventry

Waite, M. (2007). Online discussions, the student experience: a study of a blended learning non-medical prescribing course.ALT-C 2007, Beyond Control.University of Nottingham.

Waite, M & Keenan, J. (2010). Creating a resource for CPD and prescribing.Prescribing for Success Conference.Mancheste North West NHSr.

Waite, M. Lansdown, G. Butcher, D. Goodman-Brown, J & Schutz, S. (2010) Evidence Based Practice, Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: The perspectives and experiences of postgraduate nursing students in the UK and Hong Kong. Evidence 2010. London. British Medical Association.

Waite, M. Schutz, S. Miley, J. Goodman-Brown, J & Huppe, I. (2011) This House Believes that Full Scale Online Education Will Inevitably Become … Mainstream Education. Teaching and Learning Conference 2011. Oxford Brookes University.

Waite, M & Burholt, S. (2011). Persuading the decision-makers: the journey from online course design to creating reusable objects and publishing them as OERs. eLearning in Health 2011, Collaboration, Sharing and Sustainability in The Current Environment. Higher Education Academy. Aston University.

Benfield, G. Waite, M. Owen, L. Beamish, S & Wright, A. (2011). Digital and Information Literacy: a Brookes Graduate Attribute.

C. Martin, D. Flood, D. Sutton, A. Aldea, R. Harrison, M. Waite (2011). A Systematic Evaluation of Mobile Applications for Diabetes
Management. LNCS 6949 Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2011 13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 5-9, 2011, Proceedings, Part IV DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23768-3 p466-470
Roberts, G., Mackness, J., Waite, M., & Lovegrove, E. (2012). What is necessary and what is contingent in design for a massive open online course? In Open Horizons: Sharing the Future. Aston University, Birmingham: Higher Education Academy. Retrieved from
Roberts, G., Mackness, J., Waite, M., & Lovegrove, E. (2012). Not just moocin’ about. In ALT-C 2012: A confrontation with reality. Presented at the ALT-C, Manchester, UK. Retrieved from

Waite, M & Osterrieder, A. (2013). Blogging for healthcare and life sciences: What is the potential for academic development, research and teaching? Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Research Conference, 2013. Oxford Brookes University.

Roberts, G & Waite, M. (2013). Falsifiability of hybrid learning is through and about MOOCs. OER 13. University of Nottingham.


Waite, M. (2004) The Nurse Prescribing Programme. Abingdon. Radcliffe Medical Publishing

Waite, M & Keenan, J. (2010) (eds.) CPD for Non-Medical Prescribers- a practical guide. Oxford. Wiley-Blackwell


Waite M & Bingham, H. (2008) Best Practice Guidance for Blended Learning Approaches to CPD Education for NHS staff. Winchester. NESCNormal0011271oxford brookes university118711.1282000



Publications from RADAR

  • Foley Finnan, A, Gibbs, C, Waite, M, Davison-Fischer, J (2015) Students as Producers: The Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Pilot Project. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 1 (1). [summary page]
Marion Waite


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