Dr Winnifred Groves


I am a lecturer in People Science in the Department of Management, Kingston Business School, Kingston University, London. A practitioner and academic developer in Higher Education with substantial experience in multidisciplinary practice including Business and Management Studies, Research Studies Employability, Graduate Outcomes, Student Experience, Health Service/Workforce Management, and Employee Resilience. Complemented by experience with knowledge Exchange (KE) and Business and Industry, 3rd sector and Community Engagement, international education development, research income generation. I collaborate with industry on research and consultancy projects. Through my professional career I have engaged in module leadership, classroom delivery (Level 4-7), developed materials across these levels, engaged in strategic development and enhancement of student experience. Through a mix of academic and administrative roles, I contributed towards the development of Inclusive curriculum framework and have ensured that the student experience has been of the highest possible quality. In these roles, I have oversight over quality assurance and enhancements including professional and regulatory bodies' standards. Very results-oriented with strong ability to learn and adapt to new environments with a view to attaining set objectives.

I have also engaged in wider consultative activities as an associate of the Developing Community Innovative Empowerment (DICE) Consortium. Presently, I am part of the Stupreneur Team which has developed the model for enhancing the student experience through entrepreneurial and employability activities under the Umbrella of "Your Life is Your Business". The DICE team also provides input to a London University for its Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey, Higher Education Innovation funding (HEIF) accountability statements and HEIF reporting and Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) return. I am presently working with the lead consultant to develop templates for these activities.

Alongside teaching at Kingston University, I am a registered general nurse / Practice Educator across public and private health care sectors. My approach to work is grounded in seeing things through the lens of nursing which allows me the flexibility to adopt a holistic concept towards teaching and learning and project evaluation.  I am particularly interested in leadership and management in health especially in relation to student and staff health and wellbeing and how this impacts resilience in Higher Education and the workplace.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in People Science


  • PhD Business & Management Studies/Nursing & Midwifery
  • MSc in Management and Business Studies Research
  • MA in Human Resource Management (CIPD Membership)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education
  • BSc (Hons) in Health Studies
  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)

Teaching and learning

My learning and teaching activities are grounded in research-led and inclusive curriculum pedagogy and informed by knowledge from my research on the impact of personal tutoring on students: using personal tutoring to improve student success in Kingston university. Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) is pursued through dissemination of research at internal and external events.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Student experience
  • Organisational Behaviour- developing students/staff resilience, health and wellbeing.
  • Leadership and management in health
  • Live student projects, employability, project evaluation,
  • Personal and professional development,
  • Continuing Professional Development

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I completed my PhD in workforce management in the health service, exploring the expanded role of nurses in diagnosing and prescribing in developing countries as a way of optimising limited resources. My research examining workplace resilience has been published in Human Resource Development International (2015). Promoting professional skills for nurses published in Nursing Standard (2015) is used by the Royal College of Nursing as part of Continuing Professional Development course. My recent podcast on the resilience of Nurses during the pandemic (May 2022) stressed amongst other recommendations the importance of the use of technology, training and community engagement to facilitate collaborate working nationally and internationally in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic.

My current area of interest is centred around teaching and learning, continuing professional development, leadership and management development, health and mental wellbeing, developing workforce resilience, enhancing student and staff experience. I am particularly interested in research on culturally responsive pedagogy in relation to addressing the BAME student attainment gap.

Presently, I am collaborating and working with external partners on a piece of research titled ‘Mapping risks and harms from inadequate access to financial service for d/Deaf communities'.


  • Groves, W & Ordu A.U (May 2022) The Resilience of African nurses during the Covid-19 Pandemic. https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/the-resilience-of-african-nurses-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
  • Ngoasong, M & Groves, W (2015) "Determinants of Personal Resilience in the Workplace: Nurse Prescribing in an African Work Context": Human Resource Development International. Vol.19. Issue 3, 229-244 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13678868.2015.1128677
  • Groves, W., (2014), Professional Practice Skills for Nurses, Nursing Standard.Vol.29. No 1, 51-59.  https://journals.rcni.com/nursing-standard/professional-practice-skills-for-nurses-ns.29.1.51.e8955
  • Groves, W., (2012), Diagnosing and prescribing by nurses in different health care settings: Perceptions and experiences of key stakeholders. PhD Dissertation.
  • Groves, W., (2006), An investigation of current leadership style at Cameroon Association of University Women (CAMAUW), MA in Human Resource Management dissertation.


  • Groves, W. & Penny Burden (2017) The Impact of Personal Tutoring on students.  Using Personal Tutoring to improve student success. United Kingdom Advisory and Tutoring (UKAT) Conference, Leeds Trinity 5-6 April, 2017
  • Groves, W. (2016) An Overview of Personal Tutoring at Kingston University London. Seminar at University College London, 29/11/1016.
  • Groves, W. (2016) Leadership and Management: A cross cultural perspective. Corporate Governance, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Higher Institute of Commerce and Management, University of Bamenda, Cameroon. 4th Nov, 2016.
  • Groves, W. (2016) Is there a link between Personal Tutoring and Holistic Nursing Care? Seminar 1-2 Nov. 2016, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bamenda, Cameroon.
  • Groves, W. (2015) Human Resource Management in Practice: Guest speaker at the Higher Institute of Commerce and Management. The University of Bamenda, Cameroon. August 2015.
  • A study of nurses' implementation of assessing, diagnosing and prescribing of patient treatment in different health care settings in Bamenda, Cameroon: Philosophical and Methodological underpinnings.    EDAMBA, Soreze, France. (Grant and award from Kingston University to present paper in France).  July 2009.
  • Factors affecting diagnosing and prescribing by nurses in different health care settings: Perceptions of key stakeholders in Bamenda, Cameroon. Delegation of Public Health Bamenda, Northwest region, Cameroon. August 2013.
  • Diagnosing and prescribing by nurses in different Health Care Settings. Faculty of Health Social Care and Education. Research seminar Kingston University. February, 2013.
  • Diagnosing and prescribing by nurses: Methodology & methods of data collection. Research seminar. Kingston University. 2011.
  • Poster presentation of thesis. St Georges Faculty of Health and Social Care. 2010.
  • Poster / verbal presentation: Diagnosing and prescribing by nurses - Data Analysis. Doctoral Colloquium. Kingston University. 2009, 2010. 2011


Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy focusing on the enhancement of teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • Member of the United Kingdom Advisory and Tutoring (UKAT).
  • Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE)

Leadership and management

I am a Module leader for Organisations and Entrepreneurship. I am also the level 6 Course Tutor. Previously, I led on redeveloping of the Personal Tutor Scheme (PTS). Conducted research on perceptions and experiences of students and staff of the PTS. The research findings have been instrumental in informing policy around student support. Also, the research has significantly enhanced the profile of the PTS across the university.

I led on staff development in relation to the PTS, I led and co-designed a PTS Framework, developed and delivered training / workshops to staff. This has resulted in deepening staff self-awareness/attitudes, developed skills, knowledge and confidence. Consequently, staff expressed feeling more knowledgeable and confident in practicing their roles. Also, the training and support has enhanced their relationships with students and improved their personal effectiveness of personal tutoring. Additionally, the research findings added value to the university by improving student retention and progression and overall student satisfaction as evident in the internal Level 4 & 5 student Survey 2017. In addition, the research contributed towards improving Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the Guardian Teaching Excellence Award and the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Award, 2017.

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