Mary Dearing

Lecturer in Learning Disability

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 464642

Mary began working at the University in 2003 after having worked as a Registered Nurse Learning Disability in NHS services locally for over 21 years.

The majority of her experience in practice was working as a community nurse supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and their families. She also worked for two years as part of an inter-agency team for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Mary became a specialist practitioner (community learning disability nursing) in 1999 and completed an MSc Health Professional Studies (Lecturer) in 2009.


Research Interests

  • Inter-professional education and inter-professional practice

  • Children with learning disabilities

  • Recruitment and retention of nurses and the learning disability workforce

  • Service user involvement in eLearning

  • Curriculum development


Dearing M and Crickmore D (2015), 'Determining Health and Social Care in Adulthood', in Atkinson S, Lay J, McAnelly S, and Richardson M (2015), Intellectual Disability in Health and Social Care, Routledge, London.

Beadle M, Needham Y and Dearing M (2012), 'Collaboration with Service Users to Develop Reusable Learning Objects: The ROOT to Success', Nurse Education in Practice.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

BSc Nursing (Learning Disability)

  • Skills for Practice

  • Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4

  • Long Term Conditions and Learning Disability

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 5

  • Acute Presentations and Learning Disability

  • Safe and Competent Learning Disability Nursing

BSc Midwifery

  • Difficult Communication


  • Sessions on learning disability

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • University of Hull 2007 Lecturer / Practice Educator qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • RNLD

  • BSc (Hons)

  • MSc

External roles

  • Member of the national Learning and Intellectual Disability Academic Network

  • Previously an external examiner at Bradford University and the University of Cumbria