Dr Elizabeth Williams

School of Health and Social Care
Dr Elizabeth Williams



I am a lecturer in Adult Nursing in the School of Health & Social Care. I joined the University in September 2021 having previously taught at the University of Suffolk. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Institute. I am module leader for the pre-registration Participatory Research for Service Improvement module and contribute to Advocacy, Activism and Resistance. I am currently writing a text book on service improvement for health and social care students with an anticipated publication date of later this year. I have an interest in supporting neuro-diverse students and am the Department Disability Liaison Officer. Students on the nursing programme are welcome to contact me in relation to this role. I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1989 and have worked in oncology, haematology, HIV/AIDS and infectious and tropical diseases. Earlier in my career I worked for the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto and I have also worked in a health project in Kolkata, India. More recently I have worked as lead HIV research nurse in a large NHS Trust in London and in complex older care. I have an an interdisciplinary background which informs both my teaching and research interests. I have a BSc (Hons) in South Asian Studies and English from North London University and a PHD in Social Policy from the University of Plymouth. My thesis explored the transfer of guidelines for HIV prevention and control from the global level to the state level in West Bengal, India with a focus upon the work of Non-Governmental Organizations. I have a long standing interest in postcolonial theory and Imperial and Commonwealth history and am the vice-chair of the Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Forum Steering Committee. In this role I lead on the Forum's oral history activities. Anybody with an interest in the work of the History of Nursing Forum or its oral history activities are urged to get in touch with me for more information. As a researcher I have experience and expertise in qualitative research, specifically discourse analysis and participatory approaches to research. My current research interests are HIV/AIDS and older women and the educational experiences of neuro-diverse nursing students. My historical research interests relate to the intersections of gender, race and social class and the development of nurse education and practice in India in the early to mid twentieth Century.


  • PhD University of Plymouth,

  • Post Graduate Diploma Social Research University of Plymouth,

  • Post Graduate Certificate Healthcare Education University Campus Suffolk,

  • B.A Hons South Asian Studies and English North London University,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Person-Centred Care 1 (HS184)

  • Person-Centred Care 1 (HS221)

  • Participatory Research for Service Improvement (HS246)

  • Participatory Research for Service Improvement (HS284)

  • Advocacy, Activism and Resistance (HS186)

  • Advocacy, Activism and Resistance (HS223)

  • Advocacy, Activism and Resistance (HS242)


Journal articles (2)

Williams, E., (2014). Big Ideas: A Grief Observed. Nurse Education Today. 34, 1335-1337

Williams, E., (2014). The Millennium Development Goals + 15: What Now for HIV?. HIV Nursing. 13 (4), 5-9

Conferences (2)

Williams, E., Reflexivity and the Nurse/Researcher Divide: Strategies for Countering the (silent) voice of Nursing

Williams, E., HIV and Older Women



Colchester Campus