Betty Kershaw

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Betty Kershaw

Dame Janet Elizabeth Murray "Betty" Kershaw, DBE, FRCN, CStJ, née Gammie (born 11 December 1943), was 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 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. Professor Kershaw was created Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 for services to nursing education. Her recent international consultancy work includes projects in Colombia and China on the modernization agenda for nursing. She has ongoing commitments to the Department of Health Leadership Project including advising on how the program develops black nurses for leadership positions.[citation needed]

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and one of its former presidents. She was also St John Ambulance's chief nursing and social care officer.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She 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. 
  2. ^ The Guardian report on Betty Kershaw