Cathy is the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Health Sciences. She is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator with extensive clinical and leadership experience in critical and high dependency care.
During the 16 years of working within higher education, Cathy has successfully lead and managed both undergraduate and postgraduate health care programmes. She has been working at the University of Surrey since September 2010 and has undertaken the role of Programme Director for the professional preparation nursing programmes, when she was accountable for the development, leadership and quality of this large programme.
In the role of Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Cathy is responsible for helping to shape the strategic direction of Learning and Teaching across the Faculty and at an Institutional level, ensuring that the Faculty has appropriate means and support to develop and share innovative pedagogic approaches. She has a particular interest in assessment and feedback practices used within both the academic and clinical practice settings.
University roles and responsibilities
- Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) FHMS
- Chair - Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee
- Member of The University Learning and Teaching Committee and Senate
- Member of University strategic working group - Teaching Quality and Valuing Teaching
- Chair - School of Health Sciences DBS Scrutiny Panel
- Member of Recognising Quality in Learning and Education (RQLE) team - School of Health Sciences.
- Module Leader - Innovations and Leadership
- External Examiner - The University of Manchester
Affiliations and memberships
Nominated by the School of Health Sciences for the Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Award. University of Surrey. June 2013
Cathy has a particular research interest in assessment and feedback practices and how feedback is given and received within both academic and clinical practice settings. Recent work has focused upon; an evaluation of mentor's written feedback practices. This work was presented at an international education conference and the results of the study have been used to inform aspects of the mentorship preparation programme; an evaluation of the role of formative feedback and the impact upon students' learning gain following immersive real- time simulation; supporting students' development of self-regulation feedback skills.
Cathy is currently working in partnership with a nursing student to explore students' experiences of receiving verbal feedback within the practice learning environment.
Module Leader - Innovations and Leadership
Clinical Leadership and Consolidated Practice - responsibility for immersive, real time simulation
Dissertation supervisor for undergraduate students.
Mentor for students undertaking Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching
Courses I teach on
JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports JBL000165 2013; 11 (2) 236-280
Nursing in Critical Care. 12 (3) 124 – 131
The Society in Europe For Simulation Applied To Medicine. 24th Annual Meeting, Bilbao.
NET18 Conference, AdvanceHE