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Aisha Holloway

Chair in Nursing Studies

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Alcohol-related harm. Evaluation of alcohol interventions. Experiences of individuals and families suffering from alcohol-related harm. Alcohol education and training for health professionals: preparing the workforce. Developing clinical confidence in nurses to respond to alcohol related harm.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, Glasgow Caledonian University
An evaluation of self-efficacy and minimal interventions for potential problem drinkers in a general hospital setting
Bachelor of Science, Abertay University
BSc (Hons) Nursing

Professional Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, PGCHE

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseAisha’s research expertise lies primarily in quantitative work and an interest in instrument development and large surveys. She also has experience in the use of mixed methods, to develop and evaluate behavioural interventions aimed at reducing risk due to lifestyle behaviours with a particular focus on alcohol consumption., Alcohol education and training for nurses and health professionals


Professor Aisha Holloway is Professor of Nursing Studies and Head of Nursing Studies. She also holds a CNO Clinical Academic Research Fellow and is undertaking a programme of research funded by the MRC-PHIND exploring the feasibility and development of alcohol interventions in male remand prisoners in the UK. She is co-applicant on two current Alcohol Research UK funded studies: Photovoice and Alcohol Recovery and ORBITAL http://www.comet-initiative.org/studies/details/957

A Registered Adult Nurse she has had clinical experience in General Medicine, Acute Medical Admissions and Intensive Care. Aisha was previously the Programme Director for the Masters in Advancing Nursing Practice within Nursing Studies and was the Convenor of the Athena SWAN assessment team for the School of Health in Social Science leading the successful Bronze Award submission.

Her overarching research programme has a public health and alcohol related harm focus underpinned by strong professional health policy leadership. The main aims of the programme are to reduce the risks and harms of alcohol in society and to influence and shape alcohol policy. In particular, this has three distinct elements (i) the development and evaluation of nurse led alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) across a wide range of health related settings, (ii) the education and teaching development of the nursing workforce in responding to alcohol-related harm and (iii) the use of innovative multi-disciplinary, public engagement methodologies for co-production of alcohol research. Together this programme of work focuses on impact and ensuring influence at all levels. This links directly to her work with regards professional and political leadership collaborations and partnership with Governments and other health policy stakeholders. Here she advises, influences, informs and shapes nurse led research informed alcohol policy and the global positioning of the nursing profession.

Aisha has previously had a secondment to the Alcohol Policy Team at Scottish Government as an Honorary Nurse Consultant for Alcohol Research and Policy. She is also the Chair of the Scottish Alcohol Research Network www.sarn.ed.ac.uk.

With a strong interest in nurse political leadership both nationally and globally, Aisha works at the interphase between nurse led health and social care research and influencing globally relevant health and social care policy. In 2017 she was recently invited to submit written and oral evidence to the Scottish Health & Sports Committee. Scottish Parliament, Round table evidence session at Scottish Parliament as part of the Prisoner Health Inquiry. In 2016, Aisha also submitted written evidence on political leadership in nursing to the All Party Parliamentary Group (UK APPG) on global health, Chaired by Lord Crisp. This evidence was subequently used in the Triple Impact report published by the APPG http://www.who.int/hrh/com-heeg/triple-impact-appg/en/

In 2015 at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament a Motion brought by Shona Robison (Cabinet Secretary Health) on making progress on the Scottish Government’s in “Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action” Thursday 4th June acknowledged the work of Aisha and colleagues in their Photovoice research work with those in recovery from alcohol. The Photovoice research study raised by 3 MSPs and The Minister for Public Health.

In addition, she has been successful in gaining a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship which has provided a bespoke programme of strategic leadership development. The focus of the Scholarship explored the development of polictical and strategic leadership in nursing. Aisha has undertaken a Leadership programme at Harvard Business School and visited Congress, Washington DC, USA as part of the Scholarship working with Nurse leaders in the USA around this area.

Previous research projects include Exploring anxiety and depression in families affected by alcohol and drugs in partnership with Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs and Utilising Photovoice as an innovative methodology across disciplines to explore its impact in understanding the environment in relation to recovery from alcohol-related harm. Aisha's previous research has involved Photographic Art Therapy for those suffering from Alcohol Related Brain Disease (ARBD) funded jointly by NHS Lothian, The University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) in partnership with National Galleries for Scotland and the Charity Rowan Alba. Her previous work has been funded by East Midlands Public Health Teaching Network and Alcohol Research UK.

She studied at The University of Abertay, Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Nottingham and is a former Chair of the Nursing Council on Alcohol. She was a member of the Department of Health Alcohol Policy Team Workforce Training Group. Currently sits on the Alcohol Leadership Board at Public Health England.

Research activities & awards

  1. Providing verbal evidence to the Health and Sport Committee on healthcare in prisons

    Activity: Consultancy typesProviding oral or written evidence for non-academic board, committee, working group or advisory panel

  2. The First China-UK International Nursing Management Forum

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Alcohol and alcoholism (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

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Latest prizes

  1. Established Career Research Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Cavell Star Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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