Ms Catherine Williams

Ms Catherine Williams

Associate Professor, Nursing

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602872

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I have been a registered nurse with the NMC for over 20 years and hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Senior Fellowship HEA and a Registered Nurse Tutor annotation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council since 2001.

My current position within the department of Nursing at Swansea is Associate Professor and Director of Pre-Registration Nursing.  The nursing programme is the largest in the College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS) and the highest grossing with regards to public monies averaging an income of 13 million per year and 7 million in bursaries and there are over 1200 students enrolled on the pre-registration nursing programmes. As director I am responsibility for assuring the reputation for excellence in education and work force development within all three programmes and I work closely Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), and College’s partner 5 University Health Boards to ensure current strategic outcomes are met.

In order to deliver I foster and maintain excellent working relationship with the Local Health Boards, Commissioners, Council of Deans, Chief Nursing Officer of Wales and the NMC. I work closely with 5 Health Boards across mid and west Wales in developing clinical placement opportunities in partnership with HEIW/ LHBs and the private sector. Since I have been in post the Pre-Registration Nursing Programme has gained significant Impact and Success.


Areas Of Expertise

  • Pre-Registration Nursing all four fields of Practice
  • Burn Injuries
  • Critical care

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I believe teaching is an integral part of an academic career and I have a keen interest in teaching a wide range of graduate and under graduate courses. My main areas of teaching include clinical skills, Burns and Non-Medical Prescribing.



Currently undertaking a PhD in confidence and attitudes to prescribing following drug errors.

Award Highlights
  • In 2017, I was awarded the first Professor Dame June Clark travel scholarship. This provided an opportunity for a Welsh nurse to advance practice and participate in an international conference. Due to support from the scholarship and my department, I was able to travel to Texas to participate in teaching of students in the host institutions, to benchmark good practice in education, to share good practice and explore future opportunities for staff and student exchanges and potential research. This success of this has enriched the variety of practice placements available for students, thereby enhancing the learning opportunities, and supports the University within the strategic vision of international opportunities in improving their University experience.
  • International Women’s Day 2017. I was nominated as an example of successful and inspiring women that work, study and support Swansea University of how I have used my success to help others achieve, or to affect positive change
  • Head of College Award 2018 This award recognised my commitment and dedication of teaching and supporting staff and students across the department of nursing and all three pre-registration programmes.
  • Shortlisted in 2019 for the Chware Teg Womenspire awards. I was nominated as an example of successful and inspiring women that work, study and support Swansea University of how I have used my success to help others achieve, or to affect positive change and inspire future generations.
  • Winner of the Student Nursing Times Award for Pre-Registration Nursing 2019. The judges felt this was an enthusiastic presentation which clearly articulated the student journey, support and development available. They particularly liked the passion, commitment and appreciation of the education process that is offered within the programme