Julia Turner


I joined the School of Healthcare having held a previous lecturing role at the University of York. I currently hold the role of the Director of Student Education for the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds,  having previously held the roles of Director of Practice and Professional Lead for Mental Health Nursing in the School. Throughout my HEI career, I have successfully led and managed complex professional and educational initiatives through effect programme management and teamwork. It is a culmination of these experiences that I have developed strategic and creative thinking strategies and using intelligence and evidence to inform change through collaborative working practices.  As a Director of Student Education, my aim is to assure the creation of high quality and adaptable approaches in higher education, to develop a student experience, which is vibrant, inclusive and creative alongside being fit for purpose for future complex health and social care contexts. Furthermore, to develop and provide educational experiences that will inspire confident, critical thinking learners with the abilities to lead, shape and influence advances in complex care, holding the values for continuous learning of self and others, in developing aspirations and fostering leadership potential above and beyond the University.

As an Associate Professor in Mental Health, I work with colleagues supporting and sharing educational expertise to build influence relevant to my professional field. I disseminate and communicate my expertise as a educator via seminars, conferences and workshops within and external to the school. My scholarly interests are related to educational leadership within the scope health and social care undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and the development of creative approaches to enhance and support student success.  My professional mental health nursing background includes extensive experience of working in clinical practice in both acute inpatient services and as a Community Psychiatric Nurse in Community Mental Health Teams within the West Yorkshire area.


  • Director of Student Education

Research interests

My scholarship interests are educational leadership within the scope of health and social care undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and the development of creative approach to enhance and support student success. 


  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)
  • NMC Registered Nurse Teacher
  • MSc Health Professional Education
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies

Professional memberships

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mental Health Nurse Academics UK

Student education

My role as Director of Student Education for the School of Healthcare involves overseeing the delivery and quality assurance of the portfolio of programmes within the School, leading programmes from inception through to approval and delivery taking account of University quality assurance processes and different professional statutory and regulatory body requirements. 

I have extensive educational expertise in the development, delivery and management of modules and programmes through previously held roles of Programme Lead, Module Lead and Lecturer. I have developed programmes and managed modules from level 1 to M level focusing on: the values base for mental health practice and development of skills, mental health promotion, health needs assessment, common mental health problems, safeguarding, leadership and transition to registrant practice. In addition, I supervise students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.