Marian Traynor


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Simulation Based Education; Values Based recruitment eg MMIs; OSCE; Clinical Assessment


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Research Statement

Professor Marian Traynor is a Registered Nurse and her main research interests focus on simulation-based education with a particular interest in interprofessional education. Since the early 2000s an important focus for her work has been on the development of interprofessional simulation. This work has led to the establishment of the QUB KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre.

Over the same period Marian has worked to revise selection and admission to nursing and midwifery culminating in the introduction of MMIs for selection in 2016/17. This work has since developed with Marian leading on the establishment and implementation of a regional selection to nursing and midwifery preregistration education in NI.  Marian also established and chaired a research steering group to develop, test and evaluate a nurse psychometric tool to determine suitability for professional nurse training based on values-based recruitment.  This work has since been replicated by the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.

Additionally Marian initiated and negotiated with the Department of Health (2019) the first Graduate Entry Masters in Professional Nursing on the island of Ireland, leading to registration with the NMC in 2 years.

Marian has held a number of leadership roles within Queens including Director of Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, (2013-2017); Acting Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery (2017), Associate Dean of Education for the Faculty of Medicine Health & Life Sciences (2019 – present).


Marian is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and is currently module coordinator for an Interprofessional Working Module in the BSc Nursing curriculum.  Marian contributes her knowledge and expertise in Leadership, Interprofessional Education and Simulation in both pre and post registration nursing and supervises PhD and Masters students. 

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


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