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Dr Mary Edmonds

Deputy Dean in Practice Learning and Simulation
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
Chelmsford ,
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery
Research Supervision:

Mary has a leading role in the quality of practice learning and simulation in the faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care. She actively contributes to faculty, institutional and national workstreams to promote governance for practice learning and simulation. She has published papers on practice learning and placement models and presented at several national conferences. Mary led a national simulation research project, funded by NHSE, in collaboration with the Council of Deans of Health. 

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Mary joined ARU in 2003 as a senior lecturer to deliver cardiac modules for post-registration nurses and a pre-registration tutor for adult nursing students. In 2020, as Director of Practice, she was responsible for the quality assurance for nurses, midwives and allied health placements.

Mary has worked in collaboration with practice partners to champion innovative practice learning experiences. These include hub and spoke placements to grow capacity, simulated practice learning, a primary care digital placement, a student per shift approach to increase capacity and inter-professional placements with the Samaritans. Her knowledge of placements across the NHS, Private, Voluntary, and independent sector has enabled students to experience placements that previously were largely under-utilised as learning environments. Innovations which have received national and regional recognition.

Mary was appointed as Deputy Dean for Practice Learning and Simulation in July 2022.

Research interests
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Innovative approaches for practice learning and simulation

Mary completed her PhD in 2018. Using Narrative Inquiry as a methodology and method, she explored the experiences of patients who had received a primary percutaneous coronary intervention for an acute myocardial infarction, family members and nurses providing cardiac care for the patients and their families. 

Areas of research supervision
  • Professional identity in integrated care: a qualitative case study (PhD - completed).
  • Understanding child safeguarding practices of a regional group of professionals through narrative inquiry. (Prof Doc).
  • An interpretive phenomenological analysis of heart failure patients lived experiences of advanced care planning. (Prof Doc).
  • Listening to the voices of Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs): a narrative inquiry of social work experiences of supervision within adult social care. (Prof Doc).



Mary supervises students undertaking PhD and Professional Doctorates.

  • Chair for a Narrative Inquiry Forum for PhD and prof Doc students using Narrative Inquiry for their methodology.
  • From 2003 – 2021, module leader for cardiac modules covering acute care, chronic conditions, and cardiac arrhythmias.


  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University, 2018
  • MSc, Anglia Ruskin University, 2009
  • PG Certificate in Education, University of Cambridge, 2005
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies, Anglia Polytechnic University, 1999
  • Registered Nurse, Cambridgeshire College of Health Studies, 1994
  • Enrolled Nurse, West Norfolk & Wisbech School of Nursing, 1986
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Innovation & Pedagogy Strategic Policy Group
  • Simulated Practice Learning UK 
  • Council of Deans of Health
  • Midlands, Yorkshire, North East and East of England Practice Learning Group

External Esteem

  • HE Advance reviewer for Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Judge for Student Nursing Times Awards, Partnership of the Year
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Innovation of Information Sharing project with MSE ICS/ARU funded by NHSE (in progress).
  • National Simulation research project funded by Health Education England, in collaboration with Nursing & Midwifery Council and Council of Deans for Health. A four-phase research project (systematic review, cross-sectional survey, questionnaire and focus group, focus groups) investigating how simulated based learning can transform practice learning by comparing existing learning approaches with simulated and technology enhanced learning approaches. (Sept 2022-July 2023).
  • A multistakeholder evaluation of the partnership between Samaritans and Anglia Ruskin University. Funded by Health Education England (2022-2023).

National Awards

  • Finalist for Teaching Innovation, Student Nursing Times Awards, 2023
  • Winner for Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE), 2022
  • Finalist for Teaching Innovation, Student Nursing Times Awards, 2022
  • Winner for Partnership of the Year, Student Nursing Times Awards, 2021
  • Finalist for Community Placement of the Year, Student Nursing Times Award, 2021
  • Finalist for Hospital Placement of the Year, Student Nursing Times Awards, 2018

Anglia Ruskin University awards:                                 

  • Vice-Chancellor award for Education (Innovative Clinical Placements & Capacity Expansion), 2023
  • Deans annual award scheme for Child Virtual Placement, 2022
  • Deans annual award scheme for Virtual and Simulated Practice team, 2021
Selected recent publications

Edmonds, M., Bennett, A., Caley, K., Cowcher, A., 2022. Developing a general practice digital placement for student nurses. Nursing Times [online]; 118: 9.

Edmonds, M., and Jenkins, L., 2021. Advance rotas for students: improving work-life balance and the placement experience. e-Nursing Standard, July 23, https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/students/clinical-placements/advance-rotas-students-improving-work-life-balance-and-placement-experience-176596

Drayton, L., and Edmonds, M., 2020. Understanding the role of the academic assessor. Nursing Standard, 35 (9), pp.41-45.

Recent presentations and conferences

Edmonds, M., 28th June 2023. Webinar for Promoting Innovative Pedagogy. Council of Deans of Health.

Edmonds, M., and Abdulmohdi, N., 21st June 2023. Exploring the delivery of clinical education through simulation in pre-registration education. Council of Deans of Health Summer Conference, Queen’s Hotel, Leeds.

Edmonds, M., 16th March 2023. Addressing student retention at Anglia Ruskin University. Health Education England, Fulbourn.

Edmonds, M., 30th Sept 2022. Developing a general practice digital placement for student nurses. Clinical Learning Environment Strategy Launch. Workforce Transformation.

Media experience

4th August 2022 – press announcement for winning Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.