Mrs Sharon Arkell

Associate Dean, Director of the Institute of Health

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518933 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Cross Faculty Areas of expertise: Quality


I have worked within the higher education sector for the past sixteen years, ten years of which have been as a principal lecturer in senior management and leadership positions. I have a proven track record of effective leadership and management, acting as a change agent to promote quality enhancement.

I have experience and expertise in the areas of clinical skills education including high-fidelity simulation, problem-based learning incorporating peer assessment, management of practice learning, and quality assurance, both academic and professional, of a range of professional programmes including nursing, midwifery, psychology, paramedics and physician’s associate.

I provide academic leadership for Service User and Carer engagement within the Faculty. Through the implementation of this strategy service user and carer engagement has been embedded within all aspects of recruitment, curriculum development and delivery, across a range of health and social care programmes.

I have a specific interest in the fitness to practise of nursing and midwifery students, which I am currently researching, and I am a member of the Faculty Suitability panel.


Head of Quality, Professional Standards, Institute of Health

Within this role I have the lead responsibility for ensuring that courses with PSRB approval/accreditation meet all relevant academic and PSRB requirements and I act as the Faculty representative and deputy chair on the University PSRB committee; I provide academic leadership for the Service User and Carer strategy; I have supported the implementation of a new university quality enhancement strategy and I have recently been involved in a Quality Assurance Agency audit; I provide staff development, advice and expertise on quality assurance processes.

I am involved in new and revalidation activity within the Faculty and at University level. I have a sound knowledge of academic regulations and the Framework for Higher Education to facilitate this work. Within this role I act as a critical reader of course documentation, as a member or chair of validation panels and undertake resource visits for partner institutions. I am able to support and mentor validation teams in relation to academic regulations, professional body requirements, meeting the requirements of the Framework for Higher Education particularly in relation to the level of learning outcomes and assessment requirements. 

Research interests

  • Fitness to practise of nursing and midwifery students
  • practice learning
  • Problem and enquiry based learning
  • Service user / Carer involvement

Membership of professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academic (HEA)
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing


MA Education with Distinction   Awarded: 2006

Professional Studies Education and continuing professional development Awarded: 1999


BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies 2/1Hons   Awarded: 1996

DPSN      Pass  Awarded: 1992

General Nursing Level 1    



  • Arkell, S. & Rutter, P. (2012) Numeracy Skills of Undergraduate Entry Level Nurse, Midwife and Pharmacy Students. Nurse Education in Practice, 12 (4) pp198-203
  • Arkell, S. & Greenway, C (2008) Skillsboost: Medication Administration for Nurses – Children and Young People. Ware-2-Care Ltd. Educational Software
  • Arkell, S. & Greenway, C (2007) Skillsboost: Medication Administration for Nurses – Adult 2nd Edition. Ware-2-Care Ltd. Educational Software
  • Arkell, S. & Bayliss-Pratt, L. (2007) Student Nurses – How to make the most out of your placement. Nursing Times 103 (2) pp26-27
  • Arkell, S. & Kisiel, M. (2004) Skillsboost: Medication Administration for Nurses – Adult Version. Ware-2-Care Ltd. Educational Software
  • Arkell, S. (2003) Update on oral candidiasis. Nursing Times, 99 (48) pp52-53

Conference Presentations

  • 30 & 31 March 2011. Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future: Evolution and Innovation in Problem-based Learning. Title: Assessing employability skills through problem-based learning. Joint presentation with Robert Dudley, University of Worcester.
  • 22nd February 2008 10th RCN Joint Education Forums’ Conference, Blackpool. Title: Can computer simulation improve knowledge and competence in medication administration?
  • 15th March 2007 Higher Education Academy Problem-based Learning Special Interest Group meeting, St Martin’s College, Carlisle. Title: A Wolverhampton PBL Blend: the use of information technologies to facilitate stages of the PBL process. Joint presentation with Sue Brock
  • 16th November 2007 Higher Education Academy Problem-based Learning Special Interest Group meeting, Kings College, London,. Title: Problem-based Learning Within a Traditional Curriculum
  • 25th April 2006 RCN Congress, Bournemouth. Title: Drug administration: are you fit to practice?
  • 24th February 2005 7th RCN Joint Education Forums’ Conference, Harrogate. Title: Peer and Self-Assessment in Problem-based Learning
  • 16th September 2004 International Conference on Problem-based Learning, Salford University, Manchester. Title: Assessment in problem-based learning
  • 20th February 2004 6th RCN Joint Education Forums’ Conference, Blackpool. Title: Preparation for Registered Practice

Unpublished Research

  • 2004 Title: Student perceptions of the effects of peer and self-assessment upon approaches to learning during problem-based learning activities.
  • 2006 Title: Problem-based learning within a traditional curriculum.


Postgraduate Research Supervision

MSc level. Total number of Completions: 2

Current supervisions: one student, primary supervisor. Expected completion date: June 2015 

Previous professional experience

Head of Practice & Innovation, University of Wolverhampton From: 09/2009 To: 12/2013

Part-time Associate Lecturer, Open University From: 04/2009 To: 06/2014

Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton  From: 01/2005 To: 09/2009

During this time I was also the Director and Company Secretary (part-time)   From:   03/2004   To: 03/2012. This role was undertaken as a ‘spin out’ company from the University. In January 2004 I was awarded a Business Enterprise Fellowship by the University to support this work. In April 2004 I secured a £10,000 spinner grant for small business development.

Head of Clinical Skills Division, Principal Lecturer, Birmingham City University From: 02/2001 To: 01/2005

Senior Lecturer and Adult Branch Co-ordinator, Birmingham City University From: 10/2000 To: 02/2001

In 2001 I secured £26,000 of HEFCE funding for the development of teaching and learning in relation to electronic skills resources and problem-based learning.

Lecturer in Nursing Practice – Surgical Nursing, Birmingham City University From: 06/1998 To: 09/2000

Ward Manager Vascular Surgery, Stafford Hospital  From: 10/1995 To: 05/1998

Junior Sister Gastro-intestinal Surgery, City Hospital Birmingham From: 09/1994 To: 10/1997

Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse experience in medicine, surgery and gynaecology, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield From: 01/1989 To: 09/1994

Further information

NMC Reviewer

External Examiner Activity:

University of West London, for diploma and degree pre-registration adult nursing.

From: September 2008  To: August 2012

 Current application in process for Edge Hill University pre-registration adult nursing programme.




Staff Development and Skills:

Managing People for Success   07.05.15

Student Fitness to Practise Conference   23.04.15

Nvivo Training ((Qualitative Research Software)  11.07.13

Equality and Diversity training  08.03.13

Masterclass in Commissioning  29.6.12

How to Win Grant Funding 10.11.11

Managing Staff Performance 12.04.11