Leah Macaden, Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


  • Centre for Health Science
    Old Perth Rd
    IV2 3JH

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Research expertise

  • Dementia
  • Health and Ethnicity
  • Global Health including Multimorbidity
  • Sensory and Cognitive Impairments in Older adults
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development using Co Design
  • Nursing Education including Continuing Professional Development
  • Methodological expertise with Qualitative research


PhD Supervision

  1. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in Tayside, Scotland, among people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes treated with insulin (Student completed in 2016).
  2. Operational Research on Uptake of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for Low Birth Weight (LBW) Infants along a Facility-Community Continuum in a selected Sub District of Northern Karnataka, India (October, 2016) – University of Stirling International Impact Fellowship.
  3. Facilitating and evaluating the impacts of technology -enabled specialist diabetes service delivery to care homes, Scotland (October, 2016) –  European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) PhD Fellowship, University of  the Highlands & Islands.
  4. Technology Enabled Dementia Education and Support (TEDES) for Health Care Professionals in Rural Scotland (April 2017) – ESIF Collaborative PhD Studentship, University of Edinburgh & University of the Highlands & Islands.
  5. How might the deployment of Digital Technologies improve mental health and reduce inequalities for young people in the Highlands and Islands Region? (2018) ESIF PhD Studentship, University of the Highlands & Islands.
  6. Bringing the Virtual into Reality: Immersive Virtual Environment Technology and Wellbeing for People Living with Dementia in Rural Settings: An Action Research Project (April 2018), City - Region Deal PhD Studentship, University of the Highlands & Islands.

Teaching expertise

  • Adult Nursing inclusive of all specialities
  • Care of Older adults
  • Dementia
  • Health & Wellbeing.
  • Pedagogy; Curriculum and Programme Development
  • Knowledge Exchange within international contexts.
  • Internationalisation
  • Research Methodology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Nursing Education

Academic Qualifications

BSc (Nursing) - 1987: College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore

University of Madras, India.

MSc (Medical-Surgical Nursing) - 1995:College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore

The Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.

PhD (March 2009) - School of Health, Community and Education studies - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (Jan 2016).


Services expertise

  • Curriculum and Programme Development
  • Academic Consultancy for Project Evaluations
  • Consultancy on Nurse Education in Low and middle Income Countries
  • Research Consultancy in Low and middle Income Countries
  • Developing Dementia Training Programmes for Practitioners
  • Academic Partnerships with the Third Sector

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 19 Mar 2009

Master of Nursing Science

Award Date: 19 Jun 1995

Bachelor of Nursing

Award Date: 19 Jun 1987

External positions

Expert Reviewer of the UAE Professional Practice Framework for the BSc Nursing Graduate

May 2021 → …

Advisory Group Member

Sep 2020 → …


Jan 2019 → …

Member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Continuing Nursing Education

Dec 2016 → …

PhD Examiner - Board of Examiners

2016 → …

Nurse Leader Member

Oct 2015 → …

External Examiner, BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Oman)

Jun 2015 → …

Panel Member for Subject Health Review of Adult Health, University of the West of Scotland

May 2015 → …


Sep 2013 → …

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health

Jun 2013 → …


Apr 2013 → …

Reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing

Aug 2011 → …

Reviewer for the Journal of Cinical Nursing

Oct 2007 → …

Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Older People Nursing

Dec 2005 → …


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