I am currently the Principal Lecturer for Enterprise & Business Engagement in the School of Health & Social Care.
I originally joined Teesside University in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer in the Paramedic Studies Team after a successful career in the Nursing & Paramedic professions as a Registered Adult Nurse and Paramedic. Having left school in 1987 to follow an early career in administrative roles I found my passion for healthcare in 1996 when I began studying Adult Nursing. I then focussed on my passion for out of hospital care and left nursing to pursue a career with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) first as an Advanced Technician in 2001 moving to Paramedic in 2003; Team Leader in 2006; Clinical Practice Manager before a role in the Trust’s education centre. I was one of the Education Leads working closely with Teesside University. An opportunity came in 2010 to move to Teesside University full time as a Senior Lecturer, I successfully applied and have never looked back since. I was instrumental in further enhancing the education of Paramedics as it moved rapidly towards an all graduate profession. I have significant experience of a wide range of roles from module leader, placements coordinator and Programme Leader. was promoted to Principal Lecturer in October 2017 for Staffing Resources in the Learnind Disability, Menthal Health, Community Nursing and Assistant Practitioner Department.
Academically I hold a Masters Degree and have completed my PgCE in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have a number of published articles ranging from my keen interest in social media to more formal academic publications including a systematic review which questioned whether or not relatives should be routinely present at a cardiac arrest.
I am currently studying for my PhD which will be examining how students develop their professional identity in a digital context.
Summary of Research Interests
- Technology enhanced learning
- Digital Professionalism and Identity
PhD and Research Opportunities
Currently on a PhD programme researching how students use social media to develop their sense of professional identity in a digital context.
External Roles and Professional Activities
- Visitor - College of Paramedics
- National Education Advisor (England) - College of Paramedics
- Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy
Enterprise Interest and Activities
Technology Enhanced Learning
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
Technology enhanced learning
Fellow, Higher Education Academy