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Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation

Biography Marion Walker is Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham. She is an occupational therapist by professional background and has played a leading role in developing a research culture within her own profession. She has served as Chair of UK Stroke Forum, President of UK Society for Rehabilitation Research, Associate Director for Rehabilitation of the UK Stroke Research Network (2005-2015) and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham 2015-2018. Marion was a Trustee of the UK Stroke Association 2009-2019.

Marion has a strong research portfolio covering a wide area of local, national and international research projects. She is a strong advocate of patient partnership and has co-chaired the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group for 10 years.

She is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year Honours list 2012 for her service to stroke rehabilitation and stroke survivors. Marion is an international advisor for stroke and stroke rehabilitation research in Sweden, Norway and Australia and holds honorary professorial positions at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Queensland.
Research Interests Professor Marion Walker leads a multi-professional team of over 25 people with a dynamic research portfolio that has gained both national and international recognition. This active research community has worked hard to raise the profile and standing of all allied health professions (Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and psychologists) in stroke rehabilitation research.

Professor Marion Walker's research expertise lies predominantly in the field of randomised controlled trials of stroke rehabilitation. This is her chosen research methodology as she believes it is the most influential in guiding clinical practice. Her PhD was the largest occupational therapy randomised controlled trial of its time, which was later published as a leading article in The Lancet (impact factor 25.800). She has subsequently conducted multiple stroke rehabilitation evaluations which have greatly influenced NHS clinical care, both in the UK and abroad. Professor Marion Walker's research expertise has also extended into the field of implementation research where she has written seminal papers influencing this new and innovative area of research. She has successfully led a £4 million programme of work in stroke rehabilitation implementation research incorporating four studies, bringing them all to successful completion. Her research leadership and expertise has also been recognised by NIHR who have awarded her NIHR Senior Investigator status acknowledging her as one of the top 200 clinical academics (all fields) in England.

Professor Marion Walker is regarded as a world leader in her research field with her expertise regularly sought from international colleagues. She is an international advisor for stroke and stroke rehabilitation research in Sweden, Norway and Australia. In 2014 she initiated a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Kebangsaan Malaysia and the University of Nottingham; signed in Feb 2015 by Professor Christine Ennew the Provost of University Nottingham Malaysia Campus at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. This MoU has led to joint PhD studentships and a key study investigating the unmet needs of stroke survivors in mainland Malaysia.
Teaching and Learning Professor Marion Walker leads the MSc Stroke Rehabilitation Research Module and supervises research by PhD, MPhil, and MSc students. Professor Walker is committed to excellence in teaching and always ensure the student experience is at the centre of all her teaching duties.

She lectures on the MSc Rehabilitation Psychology Course and is course convener for the Stroke Rehabilitation module. This module is always in great demand and includes home and international students. Year on year the course student evaluation metrics demonstrate that the teaching is of very high quality.

Professor Walker teaches each year on the European Stroke Masters Programme. Danube University, Krems, Austria.

Professor Walker helped to set up a new Rehabilitation Doctoral Training Centre (the first in the School of Medicine) which in its first year enrolled a cohort of six new students with deferred enrolment for a further six in 2015.

Professor Walker supervises 6 PhDs. She has examined 15 PhDs in the UK and 3 International PhDs. She has also examined 12 MPhils.


Division of Rehabilitation, Ageing and Wellbeing
School of Medicine
University of Nottingham
Medical School, QMC