School of Health And Psychological Science Education Research Group
School of Health And Psychological Science Education Research Group

School of Health And Psychological Science Education Research Group

The aim of the School of Health And Psychological Science (SHPS) Education Research Group is to address education research challenges, and to help aid change over time to shape education practice within the School.

This group will add value over and above the contributions of the individual researchers and encourage creativity and innovation in the education research portfolio, whilst disseminating pedagogical practice and innovation beyond SHPS and City.

Purpose & Aims


The SHPS Education Research Group’s purpose is to:

  • Act as an externally-facing entity representing an area of research excellence in the field of health and psychology education for City, University of London;
  • Facilitate and promote collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research;
  • Generate research funding, outputs, external engagement, and impact over and above those which individual members might generate in isolation.


The aims of the SHPS Education Research Group’s research activities are to:

  • Demonstrate intellectual cohesion in well-articulated education research problems and develop strategies to address these
  • Establish a critical mass of researchers
  • Undertake education research collaboratively and with researchers externally
  • Develop and maintain relationships with non-academic healthcare and education providers and partners
  • Submit collaborative external funding applications
  • Undertake education research leading to joint outputs and impact case studies
  • Undertake high-quality activity that may contribute to the REF, KEF, or other external quality benchmarking exercises
  • Undertake public engagement activities in line with City’s civic engagement strategy
  • Organise and run conferences and symposia
  • Sponsor and organise lectures, conferences, colloquia
  • Co-supervise MA and doctoral students
  • Provide a supportive environment for researcher development in the field of education

New Opportunities

In this section, you will find some links for opportunities to engage in education research:

- Collaborative enhancements projects 2022-2023

Steering Group & Group Membership

Steering Group

  • Associate Dean Education Quality and Student Experience (Group Lead) - Dr. Irene Ctori
  • Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies -  Dr. Julie  Attenborough
  • Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies - Dr. Eamonn McKeown
  • Associate Dean Partnerships and Placements -  Dr. Judy Brook
  • Associate Dean Culture, Equality and Diversity - Michelle Ellis
  • Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Portfolio Development - Dr. Deborah Rafalin
  • Director for School Culture, Community, and Student Experience -  Grace Lucas
  • A Professor/Associate Professor Education - Professor Rachael-Anne Knight
  • SHPS LEaD representative - Profesort  Pam Parker

The Steering Group will:

  • Meet at least once a term (with a minimum of 50% of group members present)
  • Establish general guidelines for activities and funding
  • Advise and assist in securing funding to support operations
  • Advise on any funds received and deployed by the Group


This will comprise the Steering Group, plus the following:

  • SHPS Student Representative
  • Staff representatives, with at least one from each department
  • Academic staff undertaking their final year project as part of the MA Academic Practice at CUoL
  • Any member of staff doing education research, including Professional Services colleagues

All members will:

  • Be committed to collaborative working
  • Take an active interest in the work of other members

Smaller research groups, clusters, and networks may be formed that fit within the larger structure. These may also include visiting academics and Ph.D. students


2022An Evaluation of the online learning experience of student radiographers, during the transition from classroom-based learning to online-based learning during the Covid-19 pandemic unfunded Sam Perry Collection method: Questionnaires and interviews
2022The confidence and competence  of nearly qualified nursing associates based on the NMC proficiencies unfunded Xabi Cathala  
2022Inclusive Focus Group researchAccess and Participation Fund Grace Lucas  
2021NIHR, Families, intellectual disability and COVID-19. Education Programme Design £275,000Edward McCann et al Awarded
2020LGBTQ+ Education Project -  Nursing and Midwifery, Burdett Trust£80,000Brown (PI) McCann (Co-PI)Awarded
2019RS Education Investigations and youths with learning disabilities, Burdett Trust £116,000Brown (PI) McCann (Co-PI)Awarded
2018Optimising the support/supervision students received whilst on practice placement HEE fundedRichard Thorne 


Opportunities for attaining a higher education teaching qualification and accreditation by the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

The RISES programme provides a CPD route to gaining HEA fellowship from Associate Fellow through to Principal Fellow

MA Academic Practice - take one module or work towards a PGCert, PGDip or MA

The Learning Enhancement and Development Educational Research (LEaDER) Centre is a space for staff at City engaged in pedagogic research to link with others.