Paula Mayo

Paula Mayo


Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing - I am a qualified Registered General Nurse having trained in Essex. I worked as a staff nurse on general medicine and surgical wards and then became a ward sister on a busy female medical ward.  Having developed a passion for teaching on the wards, I became a nurse lecturer in 1989 and have been teaching ever since. I came to the University of Leeds in 2003.

I have spent the last 25 years developing professionally within the sphere of diabetes and am highly motivated and totally committed to improving the lives of people with diabetes which I believe can be achieved through the delivery of high-quality professional education.  I have published widely in the area of diabetes and have been an invited speaker at national and international diabetes conferences.  I have also developed a number of diabetes modules with various foci, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  I also have a great deal of knowledge and skills in curriculum development and pre-registration nursing programmes.

My leadership roles within the School of Healthcare have included Academic Unit Director for Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing which includes approximately 45 lecturers and 20 research staff.  This role also included membership of the School Executive Committee. I was also Chair of the Module Assessment Board with responsibilitiy for the accurate and timely ratification of student results across 5 professional programmes.  As Designated Officer for Student Professional Conduct, I investigated all cases of Student Professional Conduct and I am a member of the School Fitness to Practise Committee.

I retired from the School of Healthcare in December 2022 but have returned on a part-time basis to work with the School Senior Management Team on the School Transformation Programme.


  • MA Education
  • PG Diploma Heath Research
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing with Education
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Registered General Nurse

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy
  • Diabetes UK

Student education