Directly following completion of ‘A’ levels, Dawn went into nursing at Kings College Hospital rather than a biochemistry degree as she wanted to contribute effectively to make a difference like her mother. She felt her interest was towards neurology from her student experience and therefore undertook a post registration course in neurosurgery and medicine in Southampton at the Wessex Neurological centre 1980-1981. She was a ward sister at age 25 years and then went into nurse education 15 months later as she felt that if she could inspire other nurses to have the passion she had for nursing and excellence then that would be a huge achievement; she has surpassed this multiple times.
She undertook her MA(ED) 1989-1990 graduating with a distinction, and has been in education for 30 years with multiple qualifications including an HEA fellowship from the instigation of that body and she is proud of all she has achieved.
The students believe she has inspired them and many now hold senior posts in the NHS, Public Health sector and education with PhD qualifications.
Dawn retires age 57 due to a long-term chronic condition, but as a senior lecturer and Programme Director of MSc Public Health & Health Promotion. She will so greatly miss teaching students as that has been the most rewarding aspect of her career – to see students develop is the most rewarding experience an educationalist can experience and she sees it so often - just a total joy.