Karn Cliffe spent more than two decades working as a nurse and midwife in London, Wales, Australia and her native Ireland – achieving multiple degrees in the process. Among those was a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, which allows her to work as a midwifery lecturer, however, Karn decided she wanted to remain in clinical practice while carrying out research.
“The natural progression was to undertake a Clinical Doctorate,” explained Karn.
“I had explored a number of options in the UK, but on the day of my interview in Stirling, I just knew I wanted to study there. The campus was beautiful, but it was more the atmosphere that drew me.”
Karn spent seven years undertaking research at Stirling and, during her time at the University, enjoyed exploring local historical sites and shopping.
Reflecting on her time at Stirling, Karn said: “I appreciated the relaxed and supportive atmosphere in class from lecturers and classmates. My supervisors, Dr Ashley Shepherd and Professor Helen Cheyne provided excellent support throughout the seven years.”
Karn is currently working as Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery with the Irish National Sepsis Programme – a role she had to juggle with the studies.
“I changed jobs two and a half years ago, so I took some time out to concentrate on my new role,” Karn explained. “The University enabled this by not putting pressure on me and I received great support from my supervisors, manager and family.”
Karn describes her time at Stirling as “inspiring, motivating and character building.”