Pr Dm N CullumDBE, PhD, RGN, FMedSci, FAAN

Professor of Nursing

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Nicky is Professor of Nursing and Head of the Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work in the School of Health Sciences. She leads the Wounds Research Group.

Nicky also holds the title of Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Honorary Professor, University of Queensland and Honorary Professor at Central Manchester University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


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.

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 also holds the title of Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland where she collaborates on the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients (NCREN). She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.

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 both the Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Academy of Nursing  in 2012. She was awarded 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) and the Medical Research Council Health Services and Public Health Board (2003 – 2007). She is currently a member of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Panels.

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.


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

External positions

Honorary Professor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

1 Apr 2016 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Queensland

1 Jan 2014 → …

Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York

1 Oct 201130 Sep 2016

Professor, Griffith University

1 May 2011 → …

Areas of expertise

  • RT Nursing - wounds, health services research, epidemiology

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 1990 - Doctor of Philosophy, The neuronal cytoskeleton in Diabetes mellitus, LocalizedString(id=76155690, text={en_GB=University of Liverpool}) (1985 - 1989)
  • 1985 - Registered General Nurse, LocalizedString(id=76157830, text={en_GB=Nursing Studies Unit, University of Liverpool}) (1980 - 1985)
  • 1984 - Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology, LocalizedString(id=76155690, text={en_GB=University of Liverpool}) (1980 - 1984)

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