Dr David Evans RNT, BA Hons, PGCert, PGDip, PGCE, MPhil, EdD

Professor in Sexualities and Genders: Health & Well-Being

Key details

Dr David Evans

Dr David T Evans

Professor in Sexualities and Genders: Health & Well-Being

Prof David Evans, OBE, is a National Teaching Fellow, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Professor in the teaching and learning pathway, in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

David has been facilitating sexual health and HIV learning at various universities, colleges of nursing and departments of health and social care, since 1990. He is a registered nurse, with clinical experience in HIV client care; he is also a former Roman Catholic priest.

David has achieved a number of significant projects, one as Professional Nursing Advisor (Sexual Health) at the Royal College of Nursing. He developed and project-led a successful nationwide e-learning course 'Sexual Health Skills', for nurses, midwives and allied health professions. He formally joined the University of Greenwich in 2011, still leading on the sexual health skills e-learning course that was originally developed at the Royal College of Nursing. He has since developed other e-learning and blended learning sexual health courses, including at bachelor and masters' levels, and 3 courses on the "top up" MA in Health Care Practice.

David is one of three authors of the 'Sexual and Reproductive Health for Mental Health Professionals' free e-learning course at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (www.scie.org.uk), which achieved finalist status in UK Sexual Health Awards 2012 and commended in the Chief Nursing Officer's Bulletin to NHS England. In 2014, he was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/person/dr-david-t-evans), followed by appointment as OBE, by Her Majesty The Queen (2017) "for services to nursing and sexual health education", and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.

David teaches across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including supervising and examining doctoral candidates. David's post also includes numerous enterprise initiatives, liaising with nursing, medical and third-sector organisations to increase collaboration and credit rating opportunities, for the enhancement of student-learning potential.

His main areas of teaching and research include: sexualities and gender epistemologies; sexual health learning and education; diversity and anti-discrimination; holistic and specific dimensions of sexual health relevant to pre-registration and post-registration programmes.

Posts held previously:

  • 1998–2011, Educational consultant in sexual health and HIV Trainer, London Boroughs (various); Trainer for Project for Advocacy, Counselling and Education (PACE) and other (various) organisations, London
  • 2000–08, Professional Nursing Advisor (sexual health and HIV); Developer/Project lead/Principal author of e-Learning course, Royal College of Nursing
  • 1993-98, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health (counselling), Thames Valley University/North West Thames Regional AIDS Education Unit

A fuller CV – with publications and conference presentations - is available at https://davidtevans.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/davids-qualifications/

ORCID ID: www.orcid.org/0000-0001-6874-3845

Responsibilities within the university

  • Professor in Sexualities and Genders: Health & Well-Being
  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Greenwich Opportunities for Learning and Development (GOLD) Panel Member
  • SFHEA and AFHEA mentor and Departmental champion
  • Module and Programme Leader (sexual health and MA in HCP programmes)
  • Teacher (sexual health and research methods): undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Bachelor, Maters and Doctoral (PhD / EdD) research supervisor
  • Doctoral examiner
  • LGBT+ Staff Network Member
  • Athena SWANN departmental representative
  • Faculty Learning Innovation Group member
  • Departmental lead on technologies for learning advancement


  • 2018, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2017, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, "for services to nursing and sexual health education"
  • 2014, National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: Achievement for excellence in teaching
  • 2016, Vice Chancellor's Award Finalist, staff member of the year category
  • 2012 UK Sexual Health Awards, co-finalist for Sexual, Reproductive and Mental Health free e-learning course



  • Association of National Teaching Fellows
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Royal College of Nursing: numerous voluntary advisory roles since 2000

Editorial reviews:

  • On-going peer reviewer of sexual health articles for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2003–
  • Reviewer for Journal of the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, 2011 –
  • Reviewer for Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2011 –
  • Reviewer for Journal of Mental Health, 2011 -
  • Reviewer for Journal of Ethnicity and Health, 2017 -


  • Examined masters theses for the Universities of Auckland (MNurs by research, NZ) and Brighton (MRes, UK)
  • Doctoral examiner for PhDs at the Universities of Wolverhampton, Hull, Kings College London, Surrey
  • External moderator for the credit rated courses of BASHH: the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
  • Panel judge for the annual UK Sexual Health Awards

Research / Scholarly interests

David's research interests include sexual health education for nursing and healthcare practice; resilience in LGB&T+ youth; masturbation as a prophylactic against prostate cancer; and social representations of HIV and AIDS.

David is also actively involved in the supervisor of research with 6+ doctoral candidates (2 successfully completed; 6 continuing), covering areas such as spirituality in mental health nursing education; sex and relationship education for parents in Malta; the role of the Internet in negotiating gay identities in young people; analysis of national child sexual exploitation policy in relations to young males in commercial sex transactions; education for health visitors' professional roles in relation to domestic violence and abuse; midwifery transitions, from students to registered professionals; perinatal mental health and newly qualified midwives.

Recent publications


Fanner, Michael and , Evans, David Thomas (2021), Problematising young male victims in Twenty-First Century English child sexual exploitation policy: a critical discourse analysis. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, Greenwich Social Work Review, 2: Fanner (2) . pp. 192-207 ISSN: 2633-4313 (Print), 2633-4313 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/gswr.v2i2.1278).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2021), From clinical diplomate to higher education and training. Institute of Psychosexual Medicine. In: , , , . Institute of Psychosexual Medicine, Institute of Psychosexual Medicine Journal (78) . pp. 16-17 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

King, Gregory Patrick and , Evans, David Thomas (2019), Behind the camera: sexual health testing patterns and outcomes amongst UK adult film performers. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, International Journal of STD & AIDS, 31 (1) . pp. 62-65 ISSN: 0956-4624 (Print), 1758-1052 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0956462419871857).

Ainsworth-Masiello, Richard and , Evans, David Thomas (2019), Expectations vs reality: in which ways might watching porn online, as male and female adolescents, contribute to poor emotional health?. Schools and Students Health Education Unit. In: , , , . Schools and Students Health Education Unit, Education and Health, 37 (4) . pp. 109-116 ISSN: 0265-1602 (Print), 2049-3665 (Online) (doi: http://sheu.org.uk/sheux/EH/eh374ram.pdf).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2019), HIV: if we can achieve normalised testing we’ll be helping to banish the stigma for good. RCN Publishing. In: , , , . RCN Publishing, Nursing Standard . pp. 1-7 ISSN: 0029-6570 (Print), 1758-1052 (Online) (doi: https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/opinion/comment/hiv-if-we-can-achieve-normalised-testing-well-be-helping-to-banish-stigma-good-155351).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2019), Introduction to psychosexual medicine (book review). BMJ. In: , , , . BMJ, BMJ Sexual and Reproductive health, 45: 13 (3) ISSN: 2515-1991 (Print), 2515-2009 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2019-200453).

Evans, David Thomas and , Dukes, Mark (2018), Current approaches to HIV prevention, treatment and care. RCN Publishing. In: , , , . RCN Publishing, Nursing Standard, 33 (8) ISSN: 0029-6570 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2018.e11046).

Evans, David T. and , Enson, Stephanie (2016), Sexual health in young people. Cogora Limited. In: , , , . Cogora Limited, Nursing in Practice, 2016 (90) . pp. 72-78 ISSN: 1473-9445 (Print), (doi: http://www.nursinginpractice.com).

Fish, Julie and , Evans, David T. (2016), Guest editorial: Promoting cultural competency in the nursing care of LGBT patients. Sage Journals. In: , , , . Sage Journals, Journal of Research in Nursing, 21 (3) . pp. 159-162 ISSN: 1744-9871 (Print), 1744-988X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987116643232).

Evans, Andrew B. and , Evans, David T. (2016), Do safeguarding concerns deter young people’s access to condoms? Issues about integrating sexual health services online. Schools and Students Health Education Unit. In: , , , . Schools and Students Health Education Unit, Education and Health, 34 (1) . pp. 3-8 ISSN: 0265-1602 (Print), 2049-3665 (Online) (doi: http://sheu.org.uk/x/eh341ae.pdf).

Evans, David Thomas and , Watson, Paul (2015), Spotlight on sexual health and education for military, veterans and families. Schools and Student Health Unit. In: , , , . Schools and Student Health Unit, Education and Health Journal, 33 (2) . pp. 47-51 (doi: http://sheu.org.uk/) NB Item availability restricted.


Evans, David Thomas and , (2018), Out-In the Academy: andragogic mainstreaming of ~sex for university life, health and well-being. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, (doi: https://vimeo.com/251284515).

Book section

Evans, David Thomas and , (2021), “The trouble with normal …” Covid-19’s legacy and the multipotentiality for co-creating teaching, learning and assessing. Critical Publishing. In: , , In: Denise Turner, Michael Fanner (eds.), Creative Learning and Practice in the Social Work and Health Professions: Lessons from Covid 19. Critical Publishing, St Albans, Herts, UK (1st) (doi: ).

Evans, David and , (2017), Sexualities. Wiley Blackwell. In: , , In: Bryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia Epstein, Peter Kivisto, William Outhwaite, J. Michael Ryan (eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Wiley Blackwell, (1st) . pp. 1-7 . ISBN: 9781118430873 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118430873.est0335).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2017), Female Sexuality. RCPsych Publications. In: , , In: Kathryn M. Abel, Rosalind Ramsay (eds.), The Female Mind: a user's guide. RCPsych Publications, London (1st) . pp. 19-22 . ISBN: 9781909726802 (doi: http://rcpsych.ac.uk/usefulresources/publications/books/rcpp/9781909726802.aspx) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Evans, David Thomas and , (2019), No health without sexual health: no education without sexual health education. In: 15th Thomas More International days Nursing and Midwifery, 19 - 21 Mar 2019, Belgium , . , (doi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfT_Y00VcEE&feature=youtu.be).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2018), Breaking Taboos: God, Sex, Death and Dying. In: Breaking Taboos, 27 March 2018, St Francis Hospice, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England , . , (doi: https://drdavidtevanstel.wordpress.com/2018-god-sex-death-dying/).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2016), LGB&T+ Peoples' resilience in Northern Ireland. In: 22nd Regional Sexual Health Conference Northern Ireland, 22-23 November 2016, Belfast, Northern Ireland , . , (doi: https://drdavidtevanstel.wordpress.com/2016-belfast-sexual-health/).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2015), Flick it with a pencil! Sexual health learning and education for health care professionals. In: Fourth National Conference for Sexual Health Providers, 3-5 November 2015, Nyborg, Denmark , . , (doi: https://drdavidtevanstel.wordpress.com/denmark-2015/).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2015), “Sexual Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Habits – take centre stage!”. In: “Sexual health and well-being for everyone" Fourth National Conference for Sexual Health Providers, 3-5 November 2015, Nyborg, Denmark , . , (doi: https://drdavidtevanstel.wordpress.com/denmark-2015/).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2015), Sexual Health Matters! ExPLISSITly improving body, mind and soul health. In: School Nurses International Conference, 2015, 28-31 July 2015, University of Greenwich, UK , . , (doi: http://www.schoolnursesinternational.com/SNI_Conferences.html).

Conference proceedings

Evans, David Thomas and , (2017), No health without sexual health; no education without sexual health education. Elsevier. In: , , , The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Elsevier, , 14 (5) . pp. e291-e292 ISSN: 1743-6095 (Print), 1743-6109 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.403).


Natzler, Michael and , Evans, David Thomas (2021), Student relationships, sex and sexual health. Higher Education policy Institute report 139. Higher Education Policy Unit. In: , , , . Higher Education Policy Unit, London (1st) (doi: https://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Student-Relationships-Sex-and-Sexual-Health-Survey_Report-139_FINAL.pdf).

Evans, David Thomas and , (2019), Senior Fellows: See One! Do One! Teach One!. AdvanceHE. In: , , , . AdvanceHE, York / On-line (doi: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/news-and-views/senior-fellows-see-one-do-one-teach-one).

Teaching resource

Evans, David Thomas and , (2019), HIV and sexually acquired infections: foundations for midwifery students' practice. In: , , , . , (doi: https://drdavidtevanstel.wordpress.com/2019-hiv-sais-for-midwifery-students/).


Evans, David Thomas and , (2015), Being ExPLISSIT with SRE (Sexuality and Relationship Education) in Malta. WordPress. In: , , , . WordPress, (doi: https://drdavidtevanstel.wordpress.com/explissit-malta/).