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11th Serena Yang Lecture Past Event

01 Jun 2023
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11th Serena Yang Lecture

Date    : June 1, 2023 (Thursday)

Topic   : The Pursuit of Excellence in Research Within Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Decade

Speaker: Professor Hugh McKenna, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Ulster University


The Pursuit of Excellence in Research Within Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Decade

Yogi Berra famously said that “it is tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Examples will be shared of past predictions that did not come to fruition. However, looking forward, the presentation will attempt to map out the future for research in nursing.  While there is no ‘crystal ball’, the content will be based on the very best estimates of what will affect nursing in the next decade. This will include nursing’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainability Goals 2030, to the call for its involvement in more interdisciplinary research, to ensuring the reproducibility of its investigations, to the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The increased focus on prevention rather than concentrating solely on cure will be explored as will an increased emphasis on co-production and co-design of studies with patients and carers. The international mandate to ensure that nursing research has impact will also be analysed and how nursing can influence global and planetary health. Accepting that these predictions will be realised, recommendations will be presented on how a positive research culture is essential for their achievement.

About the Speaker:

Professor Hugh P. McKenna CBE, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN, MEA, MEASA

Professor Hugh McKenna until recently, was Dean of Medical School Development and PVC Research and Innovation at Ulster University, UK. He has over 250 publications, including 17 books; his latest on Research Impact. His research has been cited 23,145 times He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and is a Fellow of four prestigious organisations. In 2013, he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal College of Nursing and in 2014, a lifetime achievement Award. In a 2018 Government report he was named one of the most influential nurses in the 70-year history of the NHS.

In 2021, he chaired the UK Research Excellence Framework Panel for Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health Professions, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and had chaired panels in the REF2014 and the RAE2008. He chaired a research quality panel for the Swedish Research Council and chaired numerous panels for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation. In 2019 and 2020, he received two Honorary Doctorates and held 7 international visiting professorships.

In 2019, he was appointed Member of the Academia Europaea and in 2020 a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He sits on the Department of Health’s Clinical Ethics Forum, advising on ethical issues facing health and social care.  Until recently he was chair of the largest mental health, learning disability and addiction charity on the island of Ireland. In 2020, he was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Western Health & Social Care Trust and a Trustee on Alzheimer’s Society UK.  In 2022, he was appointed Auditor for the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council and in 2023, member of the Hong Kong Standing Review Board.  

Please register at on or before May 24, 2023 (Wednesday).

All are welcome!
11th Serena Yang Lecture
11th Serena Yang Lecture