Association of Open University Graduates




Alison Gallagher and Margaret Stobirski


The AOUG Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel Award for Education and Language Studies

2015 recipient Alison Gallagher

Alison Gallagher won the Award for her research “Blended Learning: An exploration of the experiences of lecturers and students in post qualification nurse education”. She qualified as a nurse in 1987 having completed her training at Westminster Hospital, London. Although she has worked in a variety of clinical areas including surgical and medical wards, the majority of her time was spent as a Sister and then clinical educator in Intensive Care at Maidstone Hospital in Kent.  Alison began her academic journey with The Open University in 1998, studying a variety of modules that enhanced her development as a nurse and she completed the degree in 2004, being awarded a BSc (Hons). This gave her the confidence to apply for a lectureship at King’s College London in 2005. During her time there, she developed her own teaching skills and completed a relevant teaching course.

To continue ongoing learning and to support career development, in 2007 she began a Masters in Education with The Open University which was successfully completed in 2009. She then developed a proposal for a piece of research based on her interest in innovative ways for students to learn and the use of technology to enhance the learning process, and was accepted on to the Doctorate in Education (EdD) at The Open University in 2011. This was successfully completed in 2015 when she was awarded the EdD. In early 2015 she moved to her current role at Canterbury Christ Church University taking up a post as Senior Lecturer (Adult Nursing) within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.