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Dr Nick Courtier

Senior Lecturer: Radiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87566
13.16, 13th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am interested in the toxicities associated with modern radiotherapy treatment – both technical approaches to minimise their incidence/severity and supportive interventions to help people live more active and fulfilling lives. Inequalities in access to, experience of and outcomes from cancer care forms a second strand of research.

Much of my work involves multi-disciplinary collaboration, patient participation and multiple and mixed methods ranging from trial design to exploratory case studies.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in any of the following areas:

  • Theory and practice of radiotherapy
  • Experience of cancer treatment
  • Management of breast cancer
  • Inequalities in cancer care


My professional background is therapeutic radiography. I have been a lecturer in Radiotherapy & Oncology at Cardiff University since 2011. I completed my PhD in 2010 – Fatigue during radiotherapy for early-stage breast cancer and its relationship to irradiated volumes, IL-6sR and anxiety and depression: towards a prognostic model.

Honours and awards

  • Associate Editor of Radiography 2019
  • Future Leaders in Cancer Research Academy 2018
  • Enriching Student Life Award nominated 2018
  • Wales Radiography Team of the Year 2016
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy 2013
  • Research Capacity Building Collaboration PhD Fellowship 2006
  • BSc Radiotherapy & Oncology 1st class Honours

Professional memberships

  • Society and College of radiographers (SCoR) (since 2006)
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) (since 2006)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA (since 2013)
  • Breast Radiotherapy Interest Group (BRIG) (since 2011)

Committees and reviewing

Associate Editor of Radiography journal

Grant reviewer for:

  • College of Radiographers Industrial Partnership Scheme (2011–present)
  • College of Radiographers PhD Fellowship (2017–present)
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation CoR International Collaborative Clinical Research Grant 2019

Journal reviewer for:

  • Supportive Care in Cancer
  • International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
  • Radiotherapy in Practice
  • Psycho-Oncology

Member of

  • Member of Welsh Cancer Centre Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Group (2019–present)
  • College of Radiographers Research Committee (2011–2016)
  • Trial Management Group for the Phase I-II Isotoxic Accelerated Radiotherapy (ISTART) Trial (2010–2018)
  • Steering Group for Tenovus Cancer Callback Project (2012–2015)
  • Breast Radiotherapy Interest Group (BRIG) (2011–present)
















I am an experienced lecturer in radiotherapy, oncology and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Teaching interests include radiotherapy treatment planning, lung and breast cancer and research design. Between 2012 and 2018, I was part of a small teaching team that delivered the University of Malta pre-registration radiotherapy.

I supervise research with undergraduate and taught and research postgraduate students. I have experience of doctoral examination in the UK and overseas.

My profile as an independent researcher has been established on a programme of work looking at radiotherapy-related fatigue – progressing from understanding the psychological and radio-biological causes to identification of host immunological mediators and development of novel methods to predict and minimise fatigue.

A second stream seeks to explore the experience and outcomes of people with cognitive and physical impairments accessing cancer services.

A third areas of work is technical radiotherapy research with a translational focus on reduced toxicity.

Work has been funded by Tenovus Cancer Care, Welsh Government, Cancer Research UK, College of Radiographers and Research Capacity Building Collaboration.


I am interested in supervising students in the areas of:

  • Radiotherapy theory and practice
  • Experience of cancer treatment
  • Management of breast and lung cancer
  • Inequalities in cancer care

Current doctoral students:

‘The extent and experience of altered taste during radiotherapy for head and neck cancer’

‘Role extension opportunities in diagnostic radiography in Ghana and potential to impact on patient care’

‘Global research on the impact of dermatological disease (GRIDD): development and validation of a patient-centred impact measure for adults with skin conditions’

‘Rural radiography practice: exploration of experiences of radiographers in Ghana’