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Group coordinator:

Jan Draper

Following a clinical background in adult nursing, I moved into higher education in the late 1980s, supporting students on both pre-and post-qualifying nursing programmes at a range of different academic levels. Over the last fifteen years this has been predominantly in the field of distance learning. Find out more about Jan and her research


Maddie Blackburn

I retired from full time employment in 2012. I originally trained as a nurse, midwife and as a health visitor in the 1970s. I am a qualified lawyer, senior health professional with extensive background in policy development, research, management, law and performance auditing. Find out more about Maddie and her research

Erica Borgstrom

I'm a medical anthropologist currently employed at the Open University as a lecturer. My teaching and research focuses on death and dying, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life care. Find out more about Erica and her research

Kerry Jones

Following research and teaching at the University of Exeter in my role as Research Fellow for Death and Dying, I come to the OU with my more recent endeavours which have involved securing GW4 funds as a co-applicant with the universities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff concerning dying with reduced agency for people who experience dementia/traumatic brain injury or frailty. Find out more about Kerry and her research

Sara MacKian

I joined the Open University in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing. Prior to that I spent seven years as a Lecturer in Health Geographies at the University of Manchester. Previous positions have included Senior Research Fellow at Salford University and Project Consultant for the Co-operative Bank working on their community partnership strategy. Find out more about Sara and her research

Sharon Mallon

Sharon Mallon (BSc. Ph.D) commenced her research career as an analyst working on drug trials for cancer patients. After working for the NHS for a number of years Sharon completed her primary degree in Social Policy with the Open University in 2003. Find out more about Sharon and her research

Sam Murphy

I joined The Open University in June 2010 to work on K260, Death and dying which I now lead. Over the past year I co-chaired the redevelopment of K101, An introduction to health and social care and am leading its first presentation which started in October 2014. I am now co-leading the reconfiguration of K827: Leading healthcare improvements. Find out more about Sam and her research

Liz Tilley

I am a senior lecturer in health and social care. My research and teaching interests include learning disability, advocacy, the interface between disability and sexual & reproductive health, and death, dying & bereavement. I have a particular interest in historical perspectives, ethics and participatory methods in health and social care research. Find out more about Liz and her research