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MPhil Analysis of Referrals to a Cancer Genetics Service
MSc City & Regional Planning
PGCert Educational Studies
PGCert Geographical Information Systems
BA (Hons) Geography and Environmental Studies
BSc (Hons) Open (Public Health and Working with Children)


After completing an MSc and working for two years in administration, joined the NHS to work in stroke research. After four years there, he joined the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in the Genomics Policy Unit to work in research and education.


Started researching as a job, rather than as a student, in 1996. Started teaching in 2000. Has created and managed modules for traditional face-to-face and online/blended learning delivery. Has been a student on full time, part time and online courses, so has seen how they operate from both sides of the coin.


University Activities:
Module manager for evidence based practice modules; responsible for teaching evidence based practice to pre-registration nursing and midwifery students and other health and social care professionals; teaches medicine dosage calculations using safeMedicate to pre-registration and post-registration nursing and midwifery students; other teaching and supervision of pre- and post-registration students; conducting research; member of faculty research ethics committee, course leader for MSc Clinical Endodontics.


McDonald, K. (2013) Is reflection a research methodology? Nurse Education Today, 33(1):13-14.
Macdonald, K., Weeks, K.W. and Moseley, L. (2013) Safety in numbers 6: Tracking pre-registration nursing students’ cognitive and functional competence development in medication dosage calculation problem-solving: the role of authentic learning and diagnostic assessment environments. Nurse Education in Practice, 13(2): e66-e77.
Kirk, M., Morgan, R., Tonkin, E., McDonald, K. and Skirton, H. (2012) An objective approach to evaluating an internet-delivered genetics education resource developed for nurses: using Google Analytics to monitor global visitor engagement. Journal of Research in Nursing, 17(6): 557-579.
Kirk, M., Tonkin, E., Skirton, H., McDonald, K., Cope, B. and Morgan, R. (2011) Storytellers as partners in developing a genetics education resource for health professionals. Nurse Education Today, (in press).
Iredale, R., Madden, K., Taverner, N., Yu, J. and McDonald, K. (2010) The GAMY project: young people’s attitudes to genetics in the South Wales valleys. Hugo Journal, 4(1-4): 49-60.
McDonald K (2010) Analysis of referrals to a cancer genetics service. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.
McDonald K, Iredale R and Higgs G (2008) The geography of genetics: an analysis of referral patterns to a cancer genetics service. Genomic Medicine. 1: 129-138.
Kirk, M, Tonkin, E and McDonald, K (2007) Genetics and the Primary Care Nurse. Practice Nurse. 34(8): 28-31.
McDonald K, Kirk M, John K (2005) How to run a conference, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 15(2): 275-278.
Tempest V, Higgs G, McDonald K, Iredale R, Bater T, Gray J (2005) A Pilot Study of Spatial Patterns in Referrals to a Multicentre Cancer Genetics Service. Community Genetics 8:73-79.
Kirk, M. McDonald, K. (2004) Developing a framework for genetics in cancer nursing. Cancer Nursing Practice 3(8)20-24.
McDonald K. Higgs G. Iredale R. Tempest V. Gray J. (2004) Analysing spatial trends in referral patterns to cancer genetics services: a preliminary investigation of regional variations in Wales. Health Services Management Research 17(4):263-271.
Iredale R. Dolan G. McDonald K. Kirk M. (2003) Public attitudes to human gene therapy: a pilot study in Wales. Community Genetics 6(3):139-146.


Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Current Research Activity

Developing, in collaboration with colleagues, research into the use of high fidelity simulation for medicine dosage calculation.

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