Dr Mary Northrop

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Mary's expertise includes medical sociology, social policy, study skills and health promotion. She has a particular interest in physical health care of mental health service users.

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Mary is a registered Mental Health Nurse, General Nurse (adult) and a Registered Nurse Tutor. She has been teaching at Anglia Ruskin University for over 15 years including pre-registration nursing and post registration courses. She developed and ran foundation degrees for healthcare assistants and acts as an external examiner for other universities for this course. 

Mary specialises in sociology and social policy related to healthcare, health promotion and study skills. She has worked in a number of roles including course leader, module leader and as a link tutor to support students in clinical placements. She has taught students across the different academic levels including certificate, diploma, degree and masters level and supervise students for both masters and undergraduate major projects. Currently, Mary is Education Champion for one of our partners; this includes monitoring the quality of the placements and delivering updates for mentors.

Mary has contributed to a number of textbooks in the areas of communication, physical health needs of mental health clients and risk related to obesity. Conference presentations have focussed on the development and evaluation of foundation degrees and she is currently co-editing a text book for foundation degrees in healthcare.

Outside of Anglia Ruskin, Mary has been involved in validating foundation degrees for other education providers and co-chaired a special interest group for the Higher Education Authority. Previously Mary had chaired a patient and public involvement in health forum, monitoring a local NHS Trust and being involved in consultations on future health provision.

Research interests

  • Foundation degrees in healthcare
  • Risk and obesity

Mary has conducted research into academics perceptions of foundation degrees and previously assisted in the evaluation of a SureStart programme and an integrated care service.


Sociology of health, health policy, nursing theory, study skills, health promotion theories and models, epidemiology, research skills, management of change, work-based learning and physical health aspects for mental health clients.


  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Nurse Tutor
  • MSc Medical Sociology Royal Holloway and Bedford College
  • BSc Combined studies: Sociology and Literature, Kingston University
  • Diploma in Nursing, West London College
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education of Adults, University of Surrey

Selected recent publications

Northrop, M., Crowe, J., and Kraszewski, S. (eds), 2016. Studying for a foundation degree in health. London: Routledge.

Northrop, M., 2011. How does reflection help to support workplace learning? In Jackson C., and Thurgate C. (ed), 2011. Workplace Learning in Health and Social Care: A students guide. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill, pp39 -55, chapter 4.

Northrop, M., 2010. Communicating in challenging situations. In Kraszewski, S. and McEwen, A., 2010. Communication Skills for Adult Nurses. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill, pp107-122, chapter 7.

Northrop, M., 2009. Physical Health issues in mental health practice in Wrycraft N (ed) (2009) Introduction to Mental Health Nursing. Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp159–172.

Northrop, M. and Hillier, D., 2006. Amplification Of Risk: Styles and approaches to Contemporary Health Risk Communication. In Hillier, D. (ed), 2006. Communicating Health Risks to the Public: A Global Perspective. Aldershot: Gower, chapter six.

Recent presentations and conferences

2014 – 8th Student Conference Anglia Ruskin University: Degrees of Difference

2014 – FHSCE research conference Anglia Ruskin University: Degrees of Difference

2009 - Skills for Health and Skills for Care: New ways of learning, Educating students for the Associate Practitioner role in Health Care: An evaluation of a Foundation Degree pathway using Action Research