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Dr Bob Hallawell

PhD, MBA, BA, Cert.Ed, RNLD, RMN.

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Professional biography

Bob has worked with the Open University as an Associate Lecturer since 1993 and since 2022 as a Lecturer in Leadership and Management. He was previously the Deputy Academic Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities with a specific curriculum responsibility for Learning Disabilities courses at the University of Nottingham. He held a variety of positions within the School of Nursing at Nottingham  including quality, marketing and course leadership. He has been an external examiner for a number of other Universities and also acted as an expert course reviewer for new professional courses for both statutory bodies and the host institutions. Bob has also been a member of the Royal College of Nursing's professional forums for Learning Disabilities and represented same at a number of Congresses. He has published and spoken widely at national and international conferences with respect to Learning Disabilities nursing, user involvement and elearning. In 2012 he was awarded one of the University of Nottingham's prestigious Lord Dearing Awards for excellence of teaching for the creation of a virtual exchange programme for international nursing students.
He has also been an editorial board member for Learning Disability Practice and a reviewer for The British Journal of Learning Disabilities and the British Journal of Nursing.

Bob is currently Module team Chair of the Stage 2 Masters level module EE842, which focuses on Educational leadership contexts, values and strategy. He has authored a number of units for this course and is also involved in the production and authoring for the Stage 1 Masters level module EE841.

Research interests

Bob has previously been involved in national research exploring the role of teachers in practice for the English National Board for Nurses and his doctoral thesis at the University of Nottingham focused on the involvement of people with learning disabilities in the management of health services. More recently he has completed a systematic review of simulation within higher education health and social care courses alongside other Open University colleagues. Bob's research interests focus on the use of technology within higher education courses, curriculum processes and outcomes, the student experience, and leadership and management.

Teaching interests

Leadership and Management within Education. Immersive technologies.


Quality management in a college of nursing and midwifery (2016)
Hallawell, Bob
British Journal of Nursing, 2(13) (pp. 682-685)

Implementing a Virtual Exchange Project for student nurses in Queensland and Nottingham (2013-09)
Todhunter, Fern; Hallawell, Bob and Pittaway, Debbie
Nurse Education in Practice, 13(5) (pp. 371-376)

Physical activity and learning disability (2012-05)
Hallawell, Bob; Stephens, Jacqueline and Charnock, David
British Journal of Nursing, 21(10) (pp. 609-612)

Where is the love? (2011)
Crawford, Paul and Hallawell, Bob
Learning Disability Practice, 14(6) (pp. 9-9)

Nursing students can teach their peers by developing e-learning resources (2010-11)
Windle, Richard; Laverty, Helen; Herman, Lucrezia; Hallawell, Bob and Wharrad, Heather
Learning Disability Practice, 13(9) (pp. 26-29)

Issues emerging from the London Learning Disability Plan (2001-02)
Hallawell, Bob
British Journal of Nursing, 10(3) (pp. 173-178)

[Book Review] Bob Hallawell and Richard Brittle, The Individual in Society (1995)
Hallawell, Bob
Nursing Standard, 9(42)

Student perceptions of total quality (1994-03)
Hollingsworth, Sheila; Walton, Sarah and Hallawell, Bob
Nursing Standard, 8(23) (34–35)

Implementing TQM in a college of nursing and midwifery (1994)
Hallawell, Bob
British Journal of Nursing, 3(19) (pp. 1011-1016)

Total quality in education (1992-08-26)
Hallawell, Robert
Nursing Standard, 6(49) (pp. 51-51)

Dignity and people with learning disabilities (2011)
Hallawell, Bob
In: Matiti, Milika Ruth and Baillie, Lesley eds. Dignity in Healthcare: A practical approach for nurses and midwives (pp. 186-198)
ISBN : 9781785230998 | Publisher : Routledge

Challenges for the curriculum in learning disability nursing (2009)
Hallawell, Bob
In: Jukes, Mark ed. Learning Disability Nursing Practice (pp. 425-442)
ISBN : 9781856423854 | Publisher : Quay Books | Published : London, UK

Implementing TQM in a College of Nursing and Midwifery (1998)
Hallawell, Bob
In: Fox, Jane A. and Forman, Dawn eds. Management in Nursing (pp. 143-154)
ISBN : 9781856421508 | Publisher : Quay Books | Published : Dinton, UK

Birth and second life: simulating the labour suite in the virtual environment (2011)
Bailey, J and Hallawell, Bob
In : Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference (6-8 Sep 2011, Cambridge, UK)

The virtual exchange project (2010-09)
Hallawell, B.; Todhunter, F and Pittaway, D
In : Networking in Healthcare Education (7-9 Sep 2010, Cambridge, UK)

The Virtual Exchange project (2010)
Hallawell, Bob; Todhunter, F and Pittaway, D
In : International Conference on University Teaching and Learning (INCULT) 2010 (28-30 Jun 2010, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.)

The virtual exchange project (2010)
Todhunter, F; Hallawell, Bob; Chambers, D; Tuckett, A; Pittaway, D and Baker, H
In : International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (15-17 Nov 2010, Madrid, Spain)

First steps to Second Life: learning to simulate and simulating to learn (2010)
Hallawell, R; Prior, J and Lockley, P
In : The 17th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2010) (7-9 Sep 2010, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)

International Student Generated eLearning within Learning/Intellectual Disabilities (2009)
Hallawell, Bob; Windle, R; Wharrad, H and Laverty, H
In : 4th International Conference on e-learning (ICEL) (16-17 Jul 2009, Toronto, Canada)

The involvement of people with intellectual disabilities in the organisation and delivery of specialist health services (2004)
Hallawell, Bob and Standen, P
In : 4th Seattle Club Conference on Research in Intellectual Disabilities (16-17 Dec 2004, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

Simulation: informing and enhancing curriculum in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care (2021-10)
Turner, Wendy; Hallawell, Bob and Haider, Sharif
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.