Betty Kershaw

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Betty Kershaw

Dame Janet Elizabeth Murray "Betty" Kershaw, DBE, FRCN, CStJ (née Gammie; born 11 December 1943), is an English nurse who served as professor of nursing and dean at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield from 1999 to 2006.

She served as Head of the Manchester College of Midwifery and Nursing and the Director of Nursing Education at the Stockport, Tameside and Glossop College of Nursing.[1]

Kershaw received an honorary doctorate from Manchester University in 1995 in recognition of her contribution to nursing education.[2] Professor Kershaw was created Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 for services to nursing and nursing education. Her international consultancy work for the Dept of Health included projects in Colombia and China on the modernization agenda for nursing, in Malta on the development of an EU curriculum of nursing, in Poland on Nursing Accession to the European community and for the commonwealth Office on Managed Migration.Other commitments to the Department of Health included their Leadership Project advising on how the program developed ethnic minority nurses for leadership positions.[citation needed]

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, one of its former presidents and was once employed as their education adviser. She was also St John Ambulance's chief nursing and social care officer.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kershaw lives in Manchester and is married to historian Sir Ian Kershaw, with whom she has two sons.


  1. ^ "Professor Dame Betty Kershaw". Royal College of Nursing, Fellows. Retrieved 2006-10-20.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Kershaw, Betty (1984). Rcn Association of Nursing Education. Working Group on Education and Training.; Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain). RCN Archive: royal college of nursing. pp. Report.
  3. ^ The Guardian report on Betty Kershaw