Caroline Miller

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Caroline is a registered nurse who registered with NMC in 2004 and graduated with a BA (Honours) Nursing Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2005. The majority of Caroline’s clinical practice has been in acute nursing across areas of High Dependency, Medical and Surgical Receiving, Urology and Colorectal specialities. Within her nursing, her passion for education and continued and her development continued via further in education where whilst continuing within her nursing career she also went on to complete her BSc (Honours) Earth Science followed by an internship with the Highland African Mining Company as an Exploratory Geologist and healthcare liaison in Mozambique, both facilitated by the University of Glasgow.  This was subsequently followed by a MSc (Merit) in Energy management within Stirling University’s Management School.

Caroline started to move into to Higher Education as a tutor in the education of undergraduate students between 2010- 2011 and 2013-2018 at the University of Glasgow. Caroline submitted her Doctoral studies in early 2018 with a thesis entitled The role of the environment in the evolution of biomineralisation. Following her PhD completion, she was awarded her Fellowship in Teaching (fRET) from The University of Glasgow, which is inline with the fHEA and UKPSF 2011.  Caroline then took up a Regional Nurse Researcher Role for the Central Belt at Glasgow Caledonian where she facilitated the coordination of her own multiple sites to gain consent and follow through with 200 participants.  Alongside another 2 Nurse Researchers they generated data for the clinical trial entitled “ELECtric Tibial nerve stimulation to Reduce Incontinence in Care Homes: protocol for the ELECTRIC randomised trial” published by the ELECtris Team at GCU, headed by Prof Jo Booth.   Caroline then moved into Higher Education as a lecturer in 2020.

Caroline has a particular interest in learning and teaching in education and assessment and supporting students with their understanding and knowledge of  bioscience and clinical skills. Caroline is Module Coordinator for Health & Human Development 2 held within the for BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing and is involved in teaching activities for pre-registration students as well as supervision of Masters level students. Caroline is also Erasmus and GO Opportunities Coordinator for Nursing to assist with international exchange opportunities.

Caroline has focussed her academic expertise across inter professional disciplines. It is Caroline's intention to undertake further research in areas which combined her expertise of environmental impacts to how this impacts on human health. 

In March 2022, Caroline received a nomination for 'Lecturer of the Year' by the UWS student led Big Awards to be held on 25th March 2022.  

Current teaching activities and interests

Health & Human Development 2 Module Coordinator 

The Health and Human Development 2 (HHD2) module leads on from the knowledge gained in Health & Human Development 1 in Part 1. HHD2 will deepen the students’ knowledge of anatomy, physiology and health. There will be a focus on applied pathophysiology and pharmacology to develop an understanding of clinical management relevant to the student's field of practice. The partnership between biosciences and nursing in this module will develop the skills of students, in using bioscience to underpin clinical assessment and decision-making. It is a shared module for students from disciplines of Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Paramedic Science.

This module is part of the new C20 curriculum and as MC, Caroline led development of this module and overviewed its implemention to it's first year of commencement in AY 21-2022. 

Key learning outcomes from this module will allow you to: a. Apply understanding of pathophysiological processes to the assessment and management of people's health. b. Relate key concepts from the biosciences to a specific field of practice. c. Explain the principles of pharmacology in relation to disease processes. d. Demonstrate understanding of principles that promote decision-making, concordance and management of medication.

Current teaching activities and interests

Simulation Champion 

Simulation Champions are passionate educators in clinical skills and simulation-based education. They will be committed to the UWS vision of creating contemporary learning and teaching materials and environments that enhances the students experience at UWS and beyond into clinical practice (UWS, 2020a)  

The role of the Simulation Champions Group is to build upon and improve partnership working between UWS academic staff (including Academic Assessors) involved in running skills, simulation and simulated practice within School of Health and Life Sciences programmes along with clinical partners from the NHS (Practice Educator Facilitators, Practice Assessors, Practice Supervisors) and create a UWS Simulation Faculty.  

The purpose of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Team (CSST) will be to oversee the Simulation Champions Group, providing strategic direction and leadership to ensure staff are supported to deliver Simulation Placements in accordance with professional standards (NMC 2018a, 2018b, 2018c, 2018d) Additionally, to support this venture a library of resources with be collated for both staff and students to utilise, which will be facilitated by the CSST and Simulations Champions Group. 

The aim of this group is to enhance, resource and assist the delivery of high-quality, high-fidelity simulation placements to UWS Adult Nursing, Mental Health, Midwifery and Paramedic Science students by working collaboratively with clinical partners in line with the relevant professional body standards and proficiencies. 

Current teaching activities and interests

Erasmus / GO (Turing) Opportunties Co-ordinator for Nursing

Role includes assisting in arrangements for international exchange opportunities and networking with Academic Partner Institutes across Europe (and in future North America) for exchange opportunity. 

Part of the wider coordinators team for all aspects of exchange across UWS.

Current teaching activities and interests

Sustainabitlity; pathophysiology; clinical simulation; earth and environmental sciences; undergradute skills development; education; vulnerable groups; international networking; climate change; rural communities

Desired research direction

Interdisciplinary groups to address the UN sustainability development goals;

Partnership working;

Interdisciplinary groups to understand envrironmental impact on human health

Rural communities

Target collaborative companies





Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Many of the areas I have worked within involve interdisciplinary networking/teamwork. My varied background between Nursing,  Geographical & Earth Sciences and Economics places me in a unique position to understand a variety of knowledge bases and be well situated to collaborate on interdisciplinary areas to create unique research. 

I enjoy learning new skills and learning from other disciplines, perspectives and cultures. I am available to provide support and give advice on areas where my knowledge and interests fit and happy to contribute to new research areas which help address environmental and health impacts. .

Current research activities

Member of the British Academy Early Career Reseacher Network

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) call collabortation - Exploring the frontiers of environmental science research 2022

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) call collaboration - support targeted research to strengthen health service delivery and resilience in LMICs in the context of extreme weather events.

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
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Staff Nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

30 Oct 2004 → …


  • QE Geology
  • Biomineralisation
  • CaCO3
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental
  • Biogenic
  • Non-Biogenic
  • Mussels
  • Loch Fyne
  • Balmaha
  • Mineralogy
  • African Mineralogy
  • Mozambique
  • Field geology
  • Sustainability
  • Rural Communities
  • RT Nursing
  • Colorectal
  • Critical Care
  • Surgical
  • Medical
  • Urology
  • Receiving Units
  • ERAS
  • High Dependency
  • Research Nurse
  • Research Associate
  • C20
  • Module Development
  • NMC
  • Module Coordinator
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Ocean Iron Fertilisation
  • Energy Management
  • Environmental Policy
  • GB Physical geography
  • Environmental mineralogy
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • HB Economic Theory
  • SWOT
  • Energy Management
  • QP Physiology
  • Nurse Education
  • L Education (General)
  • Student nurses
  • Student engagement
  • Nurse Education


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