Kristie Matthews


Current position: Education Coordinator

Years qualified: 18 years

Research areas of interest: Advanced practice, workforce, education, qualitative research

Would you describe yourself as a ‘novice’ or ‘experienced’ researcher? Experienced

Research qualifications Current PhD student; Completed Masters in Training and Development

What is your greatest research achievement? National framework for advanced practice

Why did you decide to get involved in research? Undertaking post grad studies combined with questions and opportunity

How do you balance research/work/family life? With difficulty!

How did you find a mentor/supervisor? Colleagues in the University sector

What was/is your supervisor/mentor’s best advice? Try and keep your focus on the objective, it is easy to get distracted particularly with qualitative research

What do you enjoy most about being involved in research? Finding out what people think, and broadening my own thinking as a result

What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research? Finding the balance with work

What one piece of advice would you give other researchers?
Be flexible and open minded enough to determine the best way to answer your research question, and also be prepared for an unexpected answer