Dr Michelle Carter


I hold a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and I have extensive experience as a nurse educator in both the practice and University setting. I had a successful career as a District Nursing Sister and Intermediate Care Nurse both roles focussed on care in the community setting. My clinical experience began my interest in public health, long-term conditions and end-of-life care. I have taught a range of subjects latterly with a focus on Public Health, Culture & Diversity in Healthcare, Professional Nursing and Management of Long term conditions. I have a strong interest in the Anthropology of Education and how the nuances of culture and social identity impact on the experience of learning and education for both registration nursing student and registered nurses.

Academic responsibilities

Head of Department of Adult Nursing & Allied Health Associate Professor Nursing & International Lead


  • PhD Medical Anthropology
  • MSc Medical Anthropology
  • Postgraduate certificate Interprofessional Practice Education
  • BSc Community Nursing (District Nurse pathway)
  • Adult Nursing/RN
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • ENB Tissue Viability
  • ENB Care of the dying person

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My PhD was a longitudinal  ethnography which explored the lived experiences of Indian nurses coming to the UK to study and work. This work has developed my knowledge of how social class, cultural nuances  can shape how a person experiences  and succeed in academic attainment.

The MSc I undertook in Medical Anthropology centred on how  voluntary carers and nurses coped with the impact of the aids pandemic in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Following on from the MSc I have retained a keen interest in culture, expressions of illness and how nurses cope with this. 

Areas of specialism

  • Anthropology of Education
  • Culture and expressions of health and illness
  • Coping mechanism of nurses in challenging situation
  • Cultural and social class impact on education and learning

Research student supervision