Rosemary J Buchanan

Director of Partnerships and APEL Adviser

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:Leadership and Management Staff - beta version

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Rosemary worked as a nurse in the NHS until 1990 in the areas of children's nursing and neonatal intensive care. Following this, she worked in higher education and has diversified in her interests from health related topics to theories in education and processes in education.

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Having joined Anglia Ruskin University in 1994, Rosemary was initially involved in teaching on our child nursing courses. Later she became our faculty's APL Adviser and at the same time, following completion of a degree in complementary nursing, she taught on the BSc Complementary Nursing, teaching the process of reflection.

In the past seven years, Rosemary has continued to be our APL Adviser as well as overviewing our collaborative provision. This involves quality-assuring courses and supporting colleagues in setting up newly-approved courses in partner institutions.

Research interests

  • Theories of truth
  • Epistemology and truth
  • Notion of truth in teaching
  • Truth in health and social care identity

Rosemary's doctoral research is related to the link between truth and knowledge in the health and social care discipline. It focuses on how lecturers perceive the notion of truth in their teaching and how this impacts on their students.


  • Registered Nurse, King's College Hospital
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse, Southampton University Hospital
  • ENB 405, Intensive Care of the Neonate, The Rosie, Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Certificate in Education, Suffolk College
  • BSc in Social Sciences, Open University
  • PG Diploma in Child Development, Open University
  • MA in Education, Open University
  • BSc in Complementary Medicine, ARU
  • Currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, University of Edinburgh

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Institute of Complementary Medicine
  • Dr Bach Centre
  • Member of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners

Selected recent publications

Buchanan, R.J., 2005. AP(E)L: Counting credits or learning process. Educational Developments.