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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Noble is open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Improving systems of care for patients with end-stage kidney disease - Mindfulness - Interventions to improve quality of life including mindfulness and arts based interventions.


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Research Interests

Chronic kidney disease, palliative care, qualitative research methods, mixed methods, end of life care.

Research Statement

As a Reader I have made a substantial contribution to improving the care offered to patients with end-stage kidney disease approaching the end of life as evidenced by my publications in leading international journals and my leadership of several research studies including a successful multi-institutional study funded by NIHR. I have a consistent record of publishing peer reviewed publications in the top quartile of impact factored journals in my field. I was successfully returned at REF 2014 and on target to be returned in 2020, as assessed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery REF 2020 review Group. I have a sustained record of leading, and managing to successful completion, a coherent programme of research including successful research bids. Over the past four years, I have exceeded my School’s targets for research funding, bringing into QUB over £1 million in research income.

As evidence of my significant contribution to QUB’s international profile in research, I am Scientific Programme Committee member of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nursing Association annual conference (previous Chair) and Chair of the Renal Research Group. In addition, I was previous Associate Editor of Evidence Based Nursing (2010-19), Associate Editor BMC Nephrology (2017-19) and was previous Editor and English Co-Editor of the Journal of Renal Care. I regularly receive funded invitations to speak at international Conferences, most recently in Sydney Australia at the Renal Society of Australasia as International Keynote Speaker. I have received several awards for my work including ‘Eminent Scientist of the year 2009’, an International Award in the field of Nephrology, by the World Scientists Forum; the City University Staff Research Prize, 2009 and the Student Representative Award, City University London, 2010. In 2016 I received the Renal Association Walls Bursary, made by the professional body for nephrologists and renal scientists in the UK, “acknowledging Dr Noble’s significant contribution to the field of academic Nephrology”. I am a Fellow of the Chronic Illness and Palliative Care Research Programme at the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at QUB.

I have published widely in research and clinical journals including seminal papers identifying the need for a supportive and palliative care approach for people with end-stage kidney disease. My ‘Concept Analysis’ published in 2007 determined Renal Supportive Care as a dynamic and emerging concept with relevance for the renal community, and I recommended its integration into everyday nephrology practice. One of my papers was the top downloaded article in EBN 2015, with over 26,000 downloads. 'Issues of validity & reliability' http://ebn.bmj.com/content/18/2/34.full and is part of the Research Made Simple series.

In addition I am a trained mindfulness teacher having completed 'Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Practice’ (2020)  and the 'Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher training with Mindfulness UK (2020). I lead an innovative programme of Mindfulness Compassion for PhD students and plan to make this more widely available.


Postregistration modules:

Module Leader

  • DNP 9009 - Doctorate in Nursing Practice - Independant Module.
  • HSN3076 - Nephrology Introductory Module
  • HSN3074 - Renal Nursing
  • HSN3075 - Renal Replacement Therapies (RRT)


External Examiner

  • City University, London (2019-)
  • University of Hertfordshire & Lincoln University College (Malaysia) (2015-19)
  •    BSc (Hons) International Nursing programme (Malaysia)
  •    BSc Contemporary Nursing
  •    MSc Contemporary Nursing


Graduate Supervision outside QUB

  • Carmela Arteaga Jorda – (Category B Supervisor): The concept of Self management and the Expert Patient Programme– 2010-2018 – City University London.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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