Emeritus Senior Lecturer


Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Kath MacDonald (D.H&SSc, MSc, PGCE, Dip. Adv. Nurs., Crit. Care Cert, RGN) is an Emeritus Senior Lecturer in the Nursing Division. She is also a Associate member of Centre for Person-centred practice research.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

My background is in long term conditions (respiratory nursing) and particularly working with adolescents and young adults. I am co-chair of the European Cystic Fibrosis Nurse (ECFS) Special Interest Group and a member of the ECFS Scientific Group. I sit on the Joint seminars committee for NHS Lothian and the three Nursing HEI’s in Edinburgh and I am a member of the Lothian and Borders Nursing, Midwifery Allied Health Profession (NMAHP) group- whose aim is to support research across clinical and academic institutions. I am Programme Leader for the Masters in Professional and Higher Education and am an External Examiner for a similar programme at the University of Greenwich. I am Academic link for the South of Scotland Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programme which is an external collaboration validated through QMU. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • SFHEA (Senior Fellow)

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter - @kathmac630

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Completed Professional Doctorate in 2014: Negotiating healthcare through partnership: Exploring social interactions between Health Care Professionals and young “expert” patients in the self-management of a long term condition. As a programme leader for the Msc in Professional and Higher Education, also interested in Educational research that transforms the learner experience.

Active Research Interests:

  • Long term conditions, cystic fibrosis, adolescence, education, patient experience, Poetry as methodology and research dissemination

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative research, ethnography


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Other funding:

QAA: Student Transitions Enhancement Theme PETL Project: Evaluation of an online ePGCert 15-16

Nursing Ethics and professional issues, curriculum development and quality assurance, adolescence and long term conditions, patient experience

Program Leader:

MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Professional and Higher Education


  • NM031 Curriculum Development PG
  • NM041 Developing Professional Education PG
  • NM122 Independent Study PG
  • N3594 Interprofessional Education 3 UG
  • N1209 Caring in Professional Contexts UG
  • N3618 Recovery, Rehabilitation and Long Term Issues UG
  • NM113/N2468 Dissertation, UG/PG
  • N3606 Management of Long Term Conditions UG
  • NM293 Childhood Development PG
  • NNM287 Theory and Practice of Person Centred Health &Social care

2014 D.H & SSc. QMU


2016 QAA PETL an evaluation of staff and student experiences of the first year of an e PG (Cert £500)

2016 Santander Research Grant Fund £1150 (dissemination of Doctoral research)

2015 NMAHP Research Impact Award (fees for funding for conference (£500)

2015 QMU Edinburgh, Post Graduate Conference- Best oral presentation

2015 Fiona Lomas award, Best oral presentation annual UK CF CNS Meeting(£250)

2015 Santander Research Grant Fund £800 (dissemination of Doctoral research)