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About Dr Victoria Ridgway

I undertook a MA Gerontology completing this in 2002, which ignited my passion and interest in this field and has led to further work and study in ageing and later life including my PhD titled “visual perceptions of ageing”. I joined the University of Chester in 2003 as a lecturer, firstly working in the Pre-Registration Nursing Department, and have undertaken a number of roles including deputy head of department and a University role as a Senior University Teaching Fellow. In my current role as Director of Pre-Registration Nursing I am responsible for leading and managing the pre- registration nursing programme.


I teach and contribute to modules across the pre-registration nursing programme. I teach on the Masters of Education in the Faculty of Health and Social Care and deliver learning on ageing across all Faculty programmes.

I supervise students at undergraduate and post graduate levels (including masters and PhD), supporting students in a range of topics and research paradigms.

I am an experienced external examiner and my current position is with the London South Bank University.


My PhD explored the perceptions of ageing amongst undergraduate nursing students. This was a longitudinal study mixed method approach, that used visual methods and a more traditional quantitative method. I am currently undertaking a study exploring how public health and outreach work can be embedded in pre-registration nursing programmes.

I have undertaken several small research projects, these include social work students’ perceptions of older people, practice education in social work, revision of an attitude scale, students’ perceptions of nursing home placements and the development of an e-learning tool for clinical supervision.

Published Work

Finnegan, A.P., Di Lemma, L., Moorhouse,I., Lambe, R.E.,Soutter,E.M.,

Templeman,J., Ridgway,V., Hynes,C., Simpson,R., McGhee, S. (2020). Educating nurses to deliver optimum care to military veterans and their families Nurse Education in Practice, 42,

Daniel A Nnate, Alan Massey, Victoria Ridgway, Mzwandile A Mabhala. Effectiveness of nitric oxide agents in preventing the early onset of pre-eclampsia and possible modification of metabolic factors in high-risk pregnancies. PROSPERO 2018 CRD42018099298 Available from:

Ridgway,V. (2019). Elderly Health and Wellbeing, in Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Good Health and Well-Beingdoi:10.1007/978-3-319-69627-0_71-1

Ridgway,V., Mason-Whitehead, E., McIntosh-Scott,A. (2018). Visual perceptions of ageing; A longitudinal mixed methods study of UK undergraduate student nurses’ attitudes and perceptions towards older people, Nurse Education in Practice, 33, 63-69,

Ridgway, V. (2018). Social Work Students’ Perceptions of Ageing, Practice 31:2, 117-134, DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2018.1473356

Bailey-McHale,. J., Bailey-McHale, R., Caffrey.B., Maclean.S., Ridgway,V. (2018). Using visual methodology: Social work student's perceptions of practice and the impact on practice educators. Practice. 10.1080/09503153.2018.1476477

Ridgway.V., Cooper, E., Parkes, E. (2017).  Student and Lecturer Partnership; using visual research to change and address a practice problem, Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 3 (2).

Sephton, M., Kemp, K., Ridgway,V.J. (2015). An evaluation study of a pilot group education programme for inflammatory bowel disease, Frontline Gastroenterology 0:1–6. doi:10.1136/flgastro-2015-100620

Morrell, N., Ridgway, V.J. (2014). Are we preparing student nurses for final practice placement, British Journal of Nursing, 23(10), 518-23.

Perry, C.E.J., Ridgway .V.J. (2013). A literature review: women’s perceptions of breast reconstruction post mastectomy, New Scholar, 1, 29-33.
Ridgway, V.J., Keeling, J.(2013).Presenting your writing in different formats, chapter 7. In Keeling ,J., Chapman, H.M., Williams, J. (2013). How to write well: a guide for Health and Social care students, Open University Press.
Mason-Whitehead, E., Ridgway, V., Barton, J.(2013). Passed without a stroke: A UK mixed method study exploring student nurses' knowledge of stroke, Nurse Educ. Today 33(9):998-1002

Ridgway, V.J. (2008). Assessment: Physical, Chapter 3. In Mason-Whitehead, E., McIntosh, A., Bryan, A., Mason, T.(2008). Key Concepts in Nursing, Sage: London

Ridgway, V.J. (2008). Dignity Chapter 16. In Mason-Whitehead, E., McIntosh, A., Bryan, A., Mason, T.(2008). Key Concepts in Nursing, Sage: London

Ridgway, V.J. (2011). Caring for the Older person, Chapter 6. In Baldwin, M.A., Woodhouse, J.(2011). Key Concepts in Palliative Care, Sage: London.

Ridgway, V.J. (2014). Case study on Qualitative research in Chapter 5 Bryan, A. (2014) Qualitative research in McIntosh-Scott, A., Mason, T., Mason-Whitehead, E., Coyle, D. (2014). Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research. Sage: London.

Ridgway, V.J. (2014). Case study on Research design and method in Chapter 37 McIntosh-Scott, A. (2014) Research design and Method in McIntosh-Scott, A., Mason, T., Mason-Whitehead, E., Coyle, D. (2014). Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research. Sage: London


PhD (Chester); MA Geronotology (Salford); PGDE (Liverpool); ENB 998, ENB R24 Urology Nursing (Manchester); BSc (Hons) Nursing (Northumbria) with Nurse Registration.