Mark Cole

Mark Cole, PhD, Msc, Bsc (Hons), RN (Adult and Mental Health)


Personal profile


Senior Lecturer in Nursing

Admissions Tutor Undergraduate BNurs (Hons)

Registered Nurse (Adult)

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Registered Nurse Tutor

Unit Lead: Academc Accreditation of CPD (Postgraduate)

Unit Lead: Infection Prevention and Control in Clinical Practice (Postgraduate)

Unit Lead: Delivering Harm Free Care in Infection Prevention and Tissue Viability (Undergraduate)

Academic Advisor

BNurs (Hons) Dissertation Supervisor

MSc/CPD Level 7 Supervisor




In the 1980s I completed my undergraduate education and registered as a Mental Health and Adult nurse before forging an eight year career in Accident and Emergency nursing. I moved to Infection Prevention and Control in 1995 where I worked for Acute, Community and Mental Health Trusts in Lincolnshire before transferring to Higher Education in 2004. I was employed first by the University of Nottingham and then the University of Lincoln under a TUPE transfer arrangement. I moved to the University of Manchester in 2016. I have broad experience in the undergraduate nursing curriculum and have worked as the admission tutor, the lead academic support for the allocations team and taught across modules including, Critical Care Nursing, Research, Evidence Based Practice, Health Informatics and Accountability.

My specialist area of education is Infection Prevention and Control. I have designed, delivered and evaluated related units and content since 2014, across 3 Universities and Postgraduate and Undergraduate curricula. Currently I lead a Postgraduate units in Infection Prevention and Control, and an Undergraduate unit in Delivering Harm Free Care, Infection Prevention and Tissue Viability. In addition I was the Admissions Tutor for the BNurs Undergraduate Programme from 2018 to 2023.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Faculty Fitness to Paractice Committee

Member of the Royal College of Nursing

Nursing and Midwifery Council Registrant (Nurse/Teacher)

Methodological knowledge

Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis


PhD Nursing

MSc Education, Learning and Development

Registered Nurse Teacher

ENB 934 Care and Management of People affected with HIV

N49 Tissue Viability

Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Health Services

Diploma in Infection Control

ENB 870 Application and Understanding of Research

ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice

BA Health Care Studies (Hons)

Stage One Management Development 

ENB 199 Accident and Emergency

Diploma in Nursing (London)

Registered Nurse

Registered Mental Nurse


Research interests

My PhD was titled: The Social Construction of Hand Hygiene as a Simple Measure to Prevent Health Care Associated Infection

I have particular interests:

The Social Construction of Heathcare Asociated Infection as a Health Service Priority

Hand Hygiene Compliance

Policy Language and the way that this Shapes Behaviour


Selected Papers

Bleakley G and Cole M (2019) Organ donation: reducing the risks of health care associated infection. British Association of Critical Care Nurses. Association of Critical Care Nursing 24, 3, 149-152.

Cole M (2018) Do we have to enforce non-compliance before we settle on more achievable guidelines? Nursing Standard. November.

Cole M, (2016). How language choice can affect HCAI prevention. Nursing Times 112: 18-19.

Cole M, (2015). A discourse analysis of hand hygiene policy in NHS trusts. Journal of Infection Prevention 16: 1 - 6.

Cole M, (2014). Are hand hygiene guidelines suitable for mental health? British Journal of Mental Health 3: 218-222.

Cole M, (2012). Breaking the chain of infection. Nursing and Residential Care 14:288-291.

Cole M, (2011). Infection control: a focus of general practice. Nursing in Practice 61: 64-68.

Cole M, (2010). Healthcare workers' uniforms: roles, types and determining policy. British Journal of Nursing 19: 438-441.

Cole M, (2009). Storytelling: its place in infection control education. Journal of Infection Prevention 10: 154-158

Stacey G, Cole M, (2009). Addressing infection control in pre-registration mental health nurse training. Journal of Mental Health Nurse Training, Education and Practice 4: 3-10.

Cole M, (2009). Exploring the hand hygiene of student nurses: A case of flawed self assessment. Nurse Education Today 29: 380-388.

Cole M, (2008). The true cost of healthcare associated infection. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing 12: 136-138.

Cole M, (2008). HCAI challenging the assumptions. British Journal of Healthcare Management 14: 376-381.

Cole M, (2007). Infection control: worlds apart primary and secondary care. British Journal of Community Nursing 12: 301-306.

Cole M, (2006). Qualitative research: a challenging paradigm for infection control. British Journal of Infection Control 6: 25-29.

Cole M, (2005). Using a motivational paradigm to improve handwashing compliance. Nurse Education in Practice 6: 156-162.  







Continuing Professional Development

Unit Lead

Academic Accreditation of CPD

Infection Prevention and Control in Clinical Practice


Undergraduate Curriculum

Unit Lead

Delivering Harm Free Care in Infection Prevention and Tissue Viability

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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