Mary Woolliams

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Mary qualified as a nurse and health visitor in 1986 at Manchester University. She specialised in acute general medicine and the care of older people. She also worked in Australia from 1993-4, and in India from 1997-8. She first worked as a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in 2003.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council: Registered Nurse, Registered Health Visitor, Registered Teacher
  • Royal College of Nursing


  • Adult Nursing programme
  • Undergraduate inter-professional programmes
  • Moving & Handling
  • Clinical Skills

Teaching/Research interests

  • Care of the Older Person
  • Internationalisation of the Curriculum
  • Study skills support for students
  • Enhancing the student learning experience through curriculum design and student support
  • Online tutoring and design of online learning materials

Selected Publications


Aveyard, H., Sharp, P. and Wooliams, M. (2011). A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care. Open University Press.
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Chapters in books

Woolliams (1995) Skin. Chapter 15 In: Heath H & Watson R (2005) Older People: Assessment for Health and Social Care London: Age Concern England

Peer reviewed papers

Penzer, R & Finch, M (2001) Promoting healthy skin in older people. Nursing Standard 15 (34) pp 46-52

Finch, M (2003) Assessment of skin in older people Nursing Older People 15 (2) pp 29-30

Aveyard H & Woolliams M (2006) In whose best interests? Nurses' experiences of the administration of sedation in general medical wards in England: an application of the critical incident technique. International Journal of Nursing Studies 43 (8) pp. 929-939.

Woolliams M (2008) Documenting complexity: 'The incorporation of global perspectives' in the higher education of health care professionals - what do teachers mean by this? Brookes e-Journal of Learning and Teaching 2 (3) Available at: (accessed 24/6/09)

Mary Woolliams


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