Since joining Cardiff University as a radiotherapy and oncology lecturer, I have been fortunate to undertake small scale research to complete my MSc. The topic of my study was 'Learning within the Clinical Environment' and looked at how students perceive their own learning when they are faced with the complexities of the clinical workplace. I am interested in the area of learning and teaching and in particular problem based learning. I am hoping that this research area can be expanded on in the future.
I am a member of a Departmental research team that will explore how radiography impacts on lifestyle. As part of this, the group is currently looking at the psychosocial impact of treatment in survivors of paediatric cancers. This is an exciting topic area which to date has little published work based solely in the UK.
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$acirc; 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.
I am a member of the higher education academy health based Problem Based Learning (PBL) special interest group. The group is currently in the process of developing a tool that can be used to assess PBL from varying viewpoints.
I am a member of a departmental research team that will explore how radiography impacts on lifestyle. As part of this, the group is currently looking at the psychosocial impact of treatment in survivors of paediatric cancers. This project is still in its infancy but promises to be challenging and exciting.