Welcome to Professor Dinah Gould
10 October 2012
We are delighted to welcome Professor Dinah Gould to the School as our new Director of Research.
Professor Gould is a respected leader in the field of infection prevention and patient safety. Her research interests focus on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, applying principles from the biological sciences to patient care to promote health and safety, and the educational preparation of health workers to reduce risks and promote patient safety.
Professor Gould has been working in nursing education since the early 1980s. Having studied a degree in Life Sciences at Durham University, followed by graduate nurse training at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and a Master’s degree at Chelsea College, a post as infection control nurse at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington was to launch her research career.
Moving into full time Higher Education in 1985, Professor Gould has worked at both London South Bank University and Kings College London. She joins us after nine and a half years as Professor of Nursing at City University.
She has published widely and is a member of the Cochrane Collaboration, leading a systematic review that evaluates interventions to improve hand hygiene compliance and reduce infection in patient care.
As well as focusing on and developing her own research, as the School’s Director of Research Professor Gould will play a significant role in preparing the School’s submission for the REF in 2014. “I care deeply about helping people with their own career and research development, and see it as a crucial part of my role to help bring people on for the next research audit, rather than just focusing on 2014.”
Professor Gould is also looking forward to getting involved with teaching on the School’s pre-registration nursing programme. She welcomes expressions of interest from those considering undertaking a research degree in her areas of interest.
Professor Gould succeeds Dr Annette Lankshear, who retired as Director of Research at the end of July.