Dr Vanessa Heaslip is a Principal Academic/Deputy Head of Research in the Department of Nursing & Clinical Science within the Faculty of Health and Social Science at Bournemouth University in the UK and an Associate Professor for the Department of Social Sciences at Stavanger University, Norway. She is a nurse by clinical background and has extensive experience in nursing and nurse education. In 2015, she was awarded Bournemouth University Postgraduate Research Prize for her unstinting commitment and dedication to the pursuit of higher knowledge concerning disadvantaged and marginalised groups. In addition, she had also been nominated for numerous awards for innovative approaches in medical education as well as the inclusion of the patient voice in nurse education.
Her general research interests are in the field of vulnerability and vulnerable groups in society whose voices are not traditionally heard in the academic and professional discourse. In particular, she is interested in marginalised communities who experience inequity of opportunity in accessing health care services and education. She has worked on National groups such as; steering committee for the Mary Seacole Awards which encourage projects to address health inequalities experienced by Black and Ethnic Minority Groups, as well as with the Department of Health and regional groups on Values Based Recruitment.
Dr Vanessa Heaslip has numerous publications including book contributions, journal articles (professional and peer reviewed), editorials and discussion papers. She is on the Editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Nursing.