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Mrs Emma Pope 

I qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in Radiotherapy from University of Wales College of Medicine in 1999.

I immediately took up a post at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff - Wales’ largest cancer centre. I worked as a treatment radiographer for two and a half years before moving to the specialist area of the Mould Room, where I spent a further two and a half years. Whilst working in the Mould Room I had lots of interaction with the undergraduate students, sparking my interest in education and encouraging me to pursue a career change into teaching.

In 2005, I was seconded to teach on the undergraduate degree programme in Radiotherapy and Oncology at Cardiff University. I became a permanent member of the teaching staff of Cardiff University in 2006. Part of my role is to teach students across the three years of the undergraduate radiotherapy and oncology degree programme. Although I mainly teach the therapy students, I also teach on a joint module that uses Problem Based Learning as a teaching tool and am module leader for the first year module ‘Radiotherapy Practice’. Part of my role is also to supervise undergraduate research, this has involved helping them put together proposals which require ethical approval from both hospital based research departments and local research ethics committees. In September 2007, I successfully completed my MSc in Radiotherapy and Oncology from Sheffield Hallam University.

I am currently completing the first module of Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL) which has allowed me to gain insight into my own teaching, the teaching of others and how teaching can be perceived by students. I am interested in this area and hope to maintain a research base in this area.