Pr Dm N Cullum DBE, PhD, RGN, FMedSci

Professor of Nursing

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Nicky is Professor of Nursing in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in the School of Health Sciences. She is a member of the Wounds Research Group. Since 1st October 2019, Nicky has been Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for Greater Manchester. 

Nicky is also an Honorary Professor in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.


Nicky was appointed Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in September 2011. She became Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in August 2015 and then Head of the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in August 2016 after a restructure. In August 2019 she stood down as Head of Division in order to lead the new NIHR ARC-GM. 

Nicky Cullum trained as a nurse in Liverpool, UK and was awarded a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Liverpool in 1990. She gained postdoctoral research experience at the University of Surrey, UK, in the Department of Health-funded Nursing Practice Research Unit, and the Department of Nursing at the University of Liverpool. Nicky was at the University of York between 1994 and 2011 where worked in the Centre for Health Economics (1994 – 1996) and then the Department of Health Sciences (where she was Head of Research 2007 – 2011).

Nicky was made a Dame for services to nursing research and wound care, in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2013. She was an Inaugural NIHR Senior Investigator (2008 – 2012, renewed 2013) and was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012. She was awarded the Anne Anderson Award by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2016 and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Achievement Award for contributions to evidence based medicine in 2006.

Nicky has served on many funding panels including the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Commissioning Board (2003 – 2008), the Medical Research Council Health Services and Public Health Board (2003 – 2007) and NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Sub-Panels (2009 to 2017).

Nicky was also a founding member of the Cochrane Collaboration; Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Wounds Group since 1995, she served on the Coordinating Editors’ Executive (2004 – 2009) and again since 2014.  In 2018 she was elected to Cochrane's Governing Board. 


BSc Pharmacology (Liverpool), 1984
Registered General Nurse (Liverpool), 1985
PhD Pharmacology (Liverpool), 1990

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Melbourne

Mar 2019 → …

Honorary Professor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

1 Apr 2016 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Queensland

1 Jan 20141 Jan 2017

Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York

1 Oct 201130 Sep 2016

Professor, Griffith University

1 May 20111 Sep 2018

Areas of expertise

  • RT Nursing - wounds, applied health research, epidemiology

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 1990 - Doctor of Philosophy, The neuronal cytoskeleton in Diabetes mellitus, University of Liverpool (1985 - 1989)
  • 1985 - Registered General Nurse, University of Liverpool (1980 - 1985)
  • 1984 - Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology, University of Liverpool (1980 - 1984)

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