Professor Elizabeth Rosser (Deputy Dean for Education and Professional Practice)
Elizabeth Rosser is Professor of Nursing in the faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Brought up in Glasgow as one of 9 children, I studied nursing and midwifery in Glasgow before moving to Cambridge to gain some experience in nursing. After three years in Cambridge, I left to fulfil an ambition to work in the developing world and spent 6 years in the tropical coast of Colombia South America. It was then I realised I should have studied more in nursing when faced with challenging clinical decisions with few resources and no internet, and few out of date textbooks! After 5 years in the bush, I spent a year in a private hospital in charge of the operating department and emergency room in the city, before returning to the UK to learn how to run an operating department with a view to returning to do a proper job in theatre (OR)! I completed the one year OR programme and the Diploma in Nursing and caught the study bug. I left for Bristol and completed my masters degree in Cardiff. I was very keen to undertake my doctoral studies but decided to marry and have two lovely children before then completing my doctoral studies. I spent 20 years in Bristol with an ambition to continuously improve the service in education, moving from a School of Nursing to HE. Since completing my Diploma in Nursing I was encouraged to publish which I did and enjoyed and was successful. So, all of the studies I was involved in I published which was very unusual at the time.
Some 12 years after arriving in Bristol I applied for Principal Lecturer and with my publications and leadership responsibilities, I was given promotion as a cross university appointment rather than a faculty appointment. This gave me considerable encouragement and my appetite to progress continued though with young children it was difficult to think of moving. I continued to apply for funding for research and publishing and it was this success and continued appetite for publication that I believe has been the result of my success in gaining promotion to professor.
Significant career events: Promotion to Principal Lecturer and an external leadership programme that required mentorship external to the faculty. This mentorship was instrumental in dispelling the myths of senior leadership. I continued to find time to research and publish in spite of my leadership role plus success in publishing in high impact factor journals. A belief in self to seek promotion to professor after a significant reconfiguration of the faculty indicating it was time to leave, brought me to Bournemouth. The one regret is that I did not have a network that I could share my progress and identify that I was unusual in my trajectory. I would always encourage others to support each other, give and accept encouragement and believe in yourself. All experience is good experience as it helps you at the next stage. So, failed grant applications, failed publications should spur you on to seek new opportunities and learn from the past.