Name: David Evans
Job title: Professor in sexualities and genders: health and well-being
Organisation: University of Greenwich
What is your current role?
My current role is as a professor in sexualities and genders: health and well-being, in the teaching and learning pathway, at the University of Greenwich. I lead a number of sexual health courses, teach research methods and programme lead a "top up" MA in health care practice. I also supervise a number of doctoral students (PhD & EdD). My role also incorporates liaising with allied (sexual) health professions and their organisations, and active participation in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
What was your route to this role?
Originally a nurse, then a Catholic priest, I moved in to HIV nursing in 1989. This led into HIV teaching, at a college of nursing, in 1990, and I have been teaching ever since! My work has included sexual health and HIV studies in hospitals, colleges of nursing, then in to universities. I also taught on these subject areas as a freelance consultant for 15 years, including working with social service departments and occasionally abroad. I also had a number of roles with the RCN, including co-authoring the RCN Sexual Health Strategy (2001), designing and managing the RCN Sexual Health Skills course (now on-line, owned by the University of Greenwich), and being RCN Professional Nursing Advisor, Sexual Health and HIV.
What prompted you to do this role?
I have worked as a senior lecturer in sexual health, at the University of Greenwich, for a number of years. Although I have undertaken research in HIV (MPhil) and sexual health (professional Doctorate in Education), I am primarily a teacher not researcher. The University of Greenwich opened up the career pathways, for teachers to achieve the professoriate, in 2018. I was fortunate to have been in that first cohort to achieve this role.
What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?
So many across the years! From the former ENB934 (HIV), ENB276 part 1 (STIs) & ENB998 (now: mentorship); a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling; PGCert in Applied Research Methods; PGCE / RNT / Qualified Teacher Status (Health Professions); Master of Philosophy (research: on social representations of HIV in post registration nurse education), and the professional doctorate in education (EdD) on sexual health education for nurses in England.
I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2014 (highest achievement for excellence in university teaching) & became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) in 2018 (certification for strategic leadership in education and learning. Her Majesty the Queen appointed me an OBE "for services to nursing and sexual health education" in 2017.
How do you see yourself developing your skills?
Exploring the ways I can raise the profile of sexualities and genders: health and well-being in more than classroom, on-line settings or thorough my publications. Maximising audience awareness of these areas of care and study, such as through a wide range of on-line resources, and hopefully through television and documentary media.
What is your long-term career plan?
To develop and maximise this new professorial teaching and learning role, by intentionally promoting wider participation of nurses and all allied health professions, for improving health and well-being, across sexualities and genders, through learning, research and educational media.
What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in sexual health?
Talk to as many of us in this line of work that you can, to explore the various career pathways and steps to achieving your goals!
What do you most enjoy about this area of care?
Knowing that if I can encourage every learner I encounter to improve their sexual and holistic health care practice, even just once because of something I said or did, then client / patient care will improve! Equally, if I inspire people to study, to enjoy learning, to overcome study difficulties and maybe even progress into an academic career, then I consider my job is well done, and my satisfaction complete!
My professional profile is here.
Personal website: en.gravatar.com/davidtevans
Active on Twitter as: @David_T_Evans