Dr Hazel Mccullough

RGN, MA (Ed), PhD

Education Advisor - Research Capacity Development

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)2079272250

I have a qualification in nursing from The Royal Brompton Hospital, and after a long career as a district nurse and senior nurse manager in the NHS, I now combine a career in nursing, higher education and research capacity development.

My interest in education came from working with English language students in Senegal, and retraining and working as an English Language Teacher at The British Council in Cairo.  After gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bolton and a Masters in Education from The Open University, I worked as a lecturer in Health Studies at Liverpool Community College, then as a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care and later as deputy head of Practice Learning at the University of Chester. In addition, I managed the Mentorship programme and was an external examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Adult Nursing programme at City University. 

I took a career break in 2006 to undertake a PhD from the University of Liverpool, which led to working in research capacity development in low and middle-income countries in Africa, on the Gates Malaria Partnership (GMP) programme My PhD research included designing, implementing and evaluating a Personal Development Planning (PDP) programme to support the career development of African doctoral and postdoctoral researchers based in eight malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2009, I joined the LSHTM as the professional development and educational advisor on the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC) programme This work supported the development of early and mid-career researchers and the African partner universities to strengthen their doctoral programmes and research environments. A key focus was on embedding sustainable career development support and training for researchers within their institutional policies and practices.  

I currently work as an education advisor on the Malaria Research Capacity Development programme (MARCAD) - a Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust

I am a member of the Royal College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Malaria Centre


I have experience of teaching, learning and assessment in Further and Higher Education, and in curriculum development and course management.

I currently run workshops and seminars for consortium partner universities in Research Career Planning and Management – which includes Personal Development Planning, mentorship, and becoming an effective researcher.  I also work with African partner universities to strengthen systems and processes to enhance their educational and research programmes. For example, curruculum development and developing institutional research strategies.

In addition, I co-facilitate on the annual "Essential Skills for Grant Writing" workshop for the AREF programme


My research interests are in education and educational research methods, change theory, research capacity development in LIMCs, and using developmental strategies such as PDP, mentoring and reflective practice, to support individual learning and personal and professional development.

Research Area
Capacity strengthening
Qualitative methods
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

A need to accelerate health research productivity in an African University: the case of Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
Nakanjako, D. ; Akena, D. ; Kaye, D.K. ; Tumwine, J. ; Okello, E. ; Nakimuli, A. ; Kambugu, A. ; McCullough, H. ; Mayanja-Kizza, H. ; Kamya, M.R. ; Sewankambo, N.K. ;
Health Res Policy Syst
Training the next generation of African Researchers: An institution-led approach to sustainable career development support and training
McCullough, H.; MCDC Career Development Groups;
Former la future génération de chercheurs africains:Une approche de l’aide au développement professionnel durable et de la formation à l’initiative des institutions
Mentoring health researchers globally: Diverse experiences, programmes, challenges and responses.
Cole, D.C. ; Johnson, N. ; Mejia, R. ; McCullough, H. ; Turcotte-Tremblay, A.M. ; Barnoya, J. ; Falabella Luco, M.S. ;
Glob Public Health
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