Dr Megan Dickson

Lecturer/Lead for Postgraduate Studies
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Megan Dickson

On completing her undergraduate degree at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in 2014, Megan worked in various clinical and research roles. Deciding that her heart lay in research, she returned to QMU in 2016 to start a doctorate. Megan’s PhD research explored how nurses and deaf, British Sign Language (BSL) users can interact and communicate effectively with one another. The findings highlighted the significance of historical, political and social contexts in which knowledge is produced. During her PhD studies, Megan transitioned into a full-time role as a nurse educator and has gained experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Megan joined the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at UHI in 2023.


Megan’s research practices are focused on creating knowledge that enacts social justice with marginalised groups. As a researcher, she strives to understand how research methodologies and methods can be shaped through relationships with the people and communities she interacts with. Megan has a strong sense of social justice and believes passionately in relational approaches to working with people and communities.

Research activity:

Principle Investigator: Constructing spaces of authentic engagement through embodied practice. PhD research project 2016-2021

Research Assistant: Age UK funded Listen & Learn Pilot Project 2014-2015


DICKSON, M. and MCMILLAN, A., 2021. Coming to know personhood: Philosophical ‘Dates’. In: J, DEWING, B. MCCORMACK and T. MCCANCE. Ed. Person-Centred Nursing Research: Methodology, Methods and Outcomes. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 29-38.

DICKSON, M., RIDDELL, H., GILMOUR, F and MCCORMACK, B., 2017. Delivering dignified care: A realist synthesis of evidence that promotes effective listening to and learning from older people’s feedback in acute care settings. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol. 26, no. 23-24, pp. 4028-4038.

MCCORMACK, B., DICKSON, M., RIDDELL, H. and DEWING, J., 2015. The Listen & Learn Model: Age UK Listening and Learning Project 2015. Scotland: Queen Margaret University.

DICKSON, M. and MAGOWAN, R., 2014. Meeting Deaf patients’ communication needs. Nursing Times. Vol. 110, no. 49, p. 12.


  • PhD, Queen Margaret University (2021)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing, Queen Margaret University (2014)

Professional bodies

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council


  • Lecturer
  • Chair: Scottish Learning Disability Nursing Education Network (SLDNEN) 2022


Teaching and learning: Megan is passionate about nursing students developing reflective skills that enable articulation of their caring practices and supporting students to become research confident.

Research and scholarly activity interests: Participatory and action-oriented research, hermeneutics, embodied practice.