Staff Profile

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Michael Farquharson


Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 1999, I was a community nurse for people with learning disabilities and a resettlement officer, involving bring people back to their own localities. These roles were very fulfilling, both as a nurse and an individual. In my role I completed Learning Disability Forensic Assessments, which involved individuals within secure facilities. I also managed the local LD team and have worked in primary care.

I studied for my RNLD at Leybourne Grange Tunbridge Wells Health Authority, completing my programme in 1984 with a specialist area of interest in challenging behaviour and epilepsy. I completed my MA in Teaching at Anglia Ruskin and my MPhil, ‘Supporting Mentorship’, in 2017 at Bucks/Coventry University.

At the start of my time at BNU, I developed and delivered the Advanced Practice in Epilepsy Care, and later, the BA (Hons) in Epilepsy. In 2009, I worked on a JICS project to develop better mentorship. I have been able to explore my other interest, ‘learning styles’, and my career within the university has seen me develop this passion. Learning disability nursing taught me how to successfully assess and engage others, a skill that I utilise today. I believe there should be no assumptions and always an acknowledgement of different learning styles.

I am a member of NMC, am a registered nurse tutor and I am a Senior Fellow (HEA).

For me my greatest accolade to date is the development of the learning disabilities nursing pathway within the school.

View my Research Repository here.