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Brendan McCormack

Head of Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University

Professor McCormack is an internationally renowned authority on the nursing of older people, person-centred nursing, and practice development. His seminal work, "Practice Development in Nursing," explores the basis of practice development, its aims, implementation and impact on healthcare. He brings a wealth of experience in academic leadership to his new role and his appointment underlines QMU’s commitment to its established international agenda and focus on research development.

Professor McCormack was honoured in the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awards. He is one of only 25 nursing experts from around the world to have been presented with this year’s STTI international award for nursing excellence. He is also the first European nurse to achieve this accolade. Established in 2010, the STTI International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awards recognise nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained, national or international recognition, and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.

Earlier this year, the Professor was awarded a prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Fellowship. Celebrating the very best in nursing, the annual RCN Awards present Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Awards of Merit to those who have given an outstanding contribution to nursing. RCN Fellowships are awarded to RCN members who are registered nurses in the UK and who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing or health care.

Professor McCormack was also recently named one of only 11 researchers in Irish universities on a list of the world's top 3,000, compiled by the multinational media body, Thompson Reuters. Inclusion means that the research of each academic is listed in the top one per cent for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists. Those selected will also be published in a new book - the Thompson Reuters 2014 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. Inclusion in this publication means the researcher is among those ‘who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognise as vital to the advancement of their science.’

Professor McCormack is editor of the ‘International Journal of Older People Nursing’ and has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, as well as eight books published. For the past five years Professor McCormack was also President of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association [AIGNA], Chairman of the charity 'Age Northern Ireland’ and a Fellow/management committee member of The European Academy of Nursing Science.

Nursing has a long history at QMU and is one of the original subject areas which led to the creation of QMU as we know it today. Over the years, the nursing portfolio has rapidly grown and today a number of nursing and nursing related courses are on offer. In addition to the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme, QMU offers a number of postgraduate and post-registration courses.


  • –present
    Head of Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University