Staff profile

Dr David Robertshaw

Head of Pre-Qualifying Healthcare


Health, Social, and Community Work, Nursing


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I lead the award-winning Pre-Qualifying Healthcare team within the School of Nursing and Professional Practice. I am a registered nurse, with a background in adult intensive care. I was previously the Academic Lead for Healthcare in the University of Derby Online Learning and then moved to develop and lead the FDSc Nursing Associate programme in the College of Health and Social Care. I now lead the discipline supporting nursing associates, assistant practitioners and operating department practitioners.

In 2015 I was the first academic member of staff at the University of Derby to develop a massive open online course, and much of my academic work has been on that subject area. I am an NMC Visitor, visiting other institutions to quality assure proposed programmes and modifications.

Professional interests

I have a range of professional interests, stemming from my work in MOOCs, online learning, social change and dementia. I am very interested in technology-enhanced learning and the use of creative approaches to learning (and developing creativity). I'm keen to develop and use innovative pedagogic approaches in the classroom such as music, Lego and games.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies




Experience in industry

Prior to working at the University of Derby, I was a practising intensive care nurse.

International experience

I regularly attend conferences both in the UK and overseas and in the last couple of years have been to conferences in Australia and the USA.

Recent publications

Robertshaw, D., & Babicova, I. (2021). Tweeting on dementia: A snapshot of the content and sentiment of tweets associated with dementia. First Monday, 26(7).

Robertshaw, D. & Babicova, I. (2020) New Perspectives on Great Questions: What can MOOCs Tell Us? European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning 2020/I. Retrieved from

Robertshaw, D., Babicova, I. (2020) Discovering the memory thief: MOOC participants’ personal experiences of dementia. Nurse Education in Practice 42(2020)102693

Robertshaw, D., & Cross, A. (2019). Roles and responsibilities in Integrated Care for dementia. Journal of Integrated Care, 27(2), 131-140.

Robertshaw, D., & Cross, A. (2019). Experiences of integrated care for dementia from family and carer perspectives: a framework analysis of massive open online course discussion board posts. Dementia, 18(4), 1492-1506.

Robertshaw, D. & Kotera, Y. (2019) Changing Attitudes with a MOOC on Dementia. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning 22 (2), 27-39. Retrieved from

Robertshaw D (2016) Online Learning as a vehicle for social change. TEDxDerby 

ROBERTSHAW D, CROSS A (2016) ‘MOOC as a platform for social learning, research and social change in Dementia’; Presentation at eMOOCs conference, Graz

ROBERTSHAW D, CROSS A (2016) ‘MOOC as a platform for social learning, research and social change in Dementia’; Published in conference proceedings eMOOCs conference

ROBERTSHAW D (2016) ‘Designing MOOCs for impact’; HEA Making Magical MOOCs workshop, University of Derby

ROBERTSHAW D (2016) ‘Making Learning Open: achieving social impact with open learning at massive scale’; TEDxDerby

ROBERTSHAW D (2016) ‘Making Magical MOOCs’; Oral Presentation and workshop at HEA Health and Social Care conference, Glasgow

ROBERTSHAW D (2016) ‘The Strategic Context of MOOCs’; HEA Making Magical MOOCs workshop

STEELE-DAVIES J, LEACH M, ROBERTSHAW D (2016) Killing Them Safely. LTA Conference: Buxton

ROBERTSHAW D, OWEN E, BOARDMAN M, HADI SM (2015) ‘An approach to quality assurance of massive open online courses: bringing MOOCs into mainstream quality processes’; Presentation at Learning with MOOCs II

ROBERTSHAW D, SHAW P (2015) Using OERs to enhance your practice. LTA Conference: Buxton 

ROBERTSHAW D (2015) ‘Innovative Approaches to Workforce Development’; Oral Presentation at Palace of Westminster, London

ROBERTSHAW D, BELL T, BERESFORD, C (2014) ‘An international approach to medication error reduction in the intensive care unit’ All Together Better Health 7: Pittsburgh

ROBERTSHAW D, DENBY Y (2014) ‘The interprofessional master: what should interprofessional education look like at Masters level?’ All Together Better Health 7: Pittsburgh

ROBERTSHAW D (2010) ‘You Said, We did: Using students positive experiences in module development’ All Together Better Health 5: Sydney