Professor Tonks Fawcett
Professor of Student Learning (Nurse Education)
Tonks is a graduate of the City University, London and St Bartholomew's Hospital nursing degree programme, and has had a long career in nurse education at the University of Edinburgh. She became Professor of Student Learning (Nurse Education) in 2012.Tonks holds key responsibilities in the undergraduate and post graduate nursing programmes, teaching extensively both theoretically and clinically She has been particularly closely involved in the undergraduate student nurses' clinical placement learning and practice and has enthusiastically maintained a strong clinically based teaching and learning focus throughout her academic career. From 2013-2017s he was Programme Director of an innovative new Masters of Nursing in Clinical Research, and from 2012 -2015 Senior Personal Tutor for the School of Health in Social Science and is currently Associate Dean for Academic Conduct for the College of Humanities and Social Science. In 2014 she was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Main areas of professional/academic interest
Tonks’s research interests and activities include cancer care and survivorship, pain management, clinical decision making, clinical support of learner nurses and stress in nursing. She has also successfully supervised students towards their doctorate degrees. Her aim has always been to equip students of nursing with the critical and compassionate ability to understand, work and lead in 21st century systems of health and nursing care provision
Responsibilities & affiliations
Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
Tonks teaches on all four years of the BN with Honours programme and on the MSc Advancing Nursing Practice. Key areas of expertise relate to pathophysiology and patient care, cancer care, pain and, particularly, clinical decision making and professional judgement.
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
Currently Tonks is supervising students in areas relating to cancer care, fever management , diabetes mellitus and decision making
Current PhD students supervised
Anny Chen, Ashikin Atan, Linda Sherwood
Tonks’s research interests and activities include cancer care and survivorship, pain management, clinical decision making, clinical support of learner nurses and stress in nursing.
- Member of the Biosciences in Nursing Education (BiNE) the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Health and Social Care ClusterUK
- External Assessor: Professorial promotion
- The joy of nursing: excellence in teaching nursing care
- External Assessor: Programme Validation BN/ M Nursing
- What characterises excellent Nursing Education Programmes? Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo Norway
- Gearing up for Transitions’ conference University of Edinburgh
- International Enhancement Themes Conference QAA Scotland 2015
- Member of the Lancet commission on UK nursing
Current project grants
PTAS award 2017: Exploring the attitudes and learning needs of student nurses in relation to care home nursing The PTAS project, examining student nurses’ attitudes towards care home nursing and developing the Nursing Studies curriculum in relation to care home nursing, contributes to a larger programme of work to establish a Lothian Teaching/Research Care Centre (TRCC). The TRCC project seeks to support excellence in the care of frail older people, through care provision, teaching the present and future multidisciplinary workforce, innovative research, and partnership working across health and social care.
Care home nursing
The challenge of the Biosciences in nurse education
Leaps in the dark
Where Is the Grade Coming from? Problems and Challenges in Evaluating the Clinical Performance of Nursing Students.
If I have Seen Further It Is by Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Re-finding the ‘human side’ of human factors in nursing
Emotional labour and compassionate care
Emotive responses to ethical challenges in caring
The ‘lifeworld’ of Malawian undergraduate student nurses