As the Head of Education for the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care (HPSC), I work closely with the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor (FPVC) of HPSC as the single dedicated strategic lead in the area of education in partnership with the Heads of Department. I support the FPVC to set long-term strategic visions and work in a matrix structure to monitor and deliver progress through the work of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education. Translating the longer-term context into operational plans and providing leadership, mentoring and support for colleagues across the faculty.
2014 PhD Manchester Metropolitan University ‘Narratives of Being– A longitudinal study of Physiotherapy Students’.
2007 MSc (Res) Manchester Metropolitan University ‘Why do some students use WebCT within a blended learning programme and others do not?’
1997 PGCE (Further, Adult & Higher Education) Manchester Metropolitan University
1989 Grad. Dip Phys. Leeds School of Physiotherapy
Head of Education, Faculty of Health, psychology and Social Care January 2017 - present
Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow, MMU, September 2008-December 2016
Senior Lecturer, MMU, November 2003-September 2008
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Manchester Community Trust, January 1995-October 2003
Senior I Physiotherapist, Salford NHS Trust, April 1993 - December 1994
Senior II Physiotherapist, Salford NHS Trust, November 1991-March 1993
Physiotherapist, South Manchester NHS Trust, September 1989-October 1991
Faculty Lead for Technology Enhanced Learning
Co-Lead of the Faculty Learning and Teaching group and Pedagogical Research group
CELT Professional Standards Framework Assessor and Mentor
Member of the Principle Lectures Forum, Faculty Executive Group
Member of the Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Committee
Member of the Faculty Programme Leaders Forum
Faculty Learning and Teaching Conference Co-ordinator
I teach on the undergraduate Physiotherapy programme and the postgraduate Practice development programme within the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.
I supervise Masters’ and Doctoral students and also contribute to the postgraduate student development programme for Postgraduate Research students.
My research interests include student learning experiences (learning transitions, engagement and attrition), experiences of First-Generation students and technolgy enhanced learning.
Visiting Academic at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia - 2015.
Visiting Academic Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland - since May 2016.
visiting Academic University of Cape Town, South Africa - Since May 2016.
T. Bilham, C. Hamshire, M. Hartog, MA. Doolan (2019). Reframing Space for Learning Empowering Excellence and Innovation in University Teaching and Learning. UCL Institute of Education Press (University College London Institute of Education Press).
R. Forsyth, C. Hamshire, D. O'Connor, E. Barlund, U. Hyrkkanen (2020). Developing inter-cultural competencies without travelling: Internationalising the curriculum for healthcare students. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal.
C. Hamshire, K. Jack, R. Forsyth, A. Langan, W. Harris (2019). The wicked problem of healthcare student attrition. Nursing Inquiry.
K. Jack, C. Hamshire (2019). PLATO: A practice education tool to support learning and professional development. Nurse Education in Practice. 37, pp.141-145.
WE. Harris, AM. Langan, N. Barrett, K. Jack, C. Wibberley, et al. (2018). A case for using both direct and indirect benchmarking to compare university performance metrics. Studies in Higher Education. pp.1-12.
KF. Jack, C. Hamshire, W. Harris, AM. Langan, N. Barrett, et al. (2018). ‘My mentor didn't speak to me for the first four weeks’: Perceived unfairness experienced by nursing students in clinical practice settings. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27(5-6), pp.929-938.
C. Hamshire, RM. Forsyth, R. Kelly-Laubscher, A. Bell, M. Paxton, et al. (2017). The potential of student narratives to enhance quality in higher education. Quality in Higher Education. 23(1), pp.56-64.
K. Jack, C. Hamshire, A. Chambers (2017). The influence of role models in undergraduate nurse education. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 26(23-24), pp.4707-4715.
C. Hamshire, N. Barrett, C. Wibberley, W. Harris, AM. Langan (2017). Students’ perceptions of their learning experiences: A repeat regional survey of healthcare students. Nurse Education Today. 49, pp.168-173.
C. Wibberley, C. Hamshire (2017). Fitting in with the team: Facilitative mentors in physiotherapy student placements’. Teaching & Learning Inquiry. 5(2), pp.80-80.
AM. Langan, WE. Harris, N. Barrett, CH. Hamshire, C. Wibberley (2016). Benchmarking factor selection and sensitivity: a case study with nursing courses. Studies in Higher Education.
KF. Jack, CH. Hamshire (2016). Using stories to understand clinical placement learning; a pilot study. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.
C. Hamshire, K. Jack (2016). Becoming and Being a Student: A Heideggerian Analysis of Physiotherapy Students’ Experiences. The Qualitative Report. 21(10), pp.1904-1919.
CH. Hamshire, J. Lachkovic, O. Robinson (2016). Using iPads to promote mark-making in children on the autism spectrum. Good Autism Practice. 17(2), pp.37-42.
CH. Hamshire, K. jack (2016). Using stories to understand clinical placement learning. Journal of Learner Development in Higher Education.
C. Hamshire, J. Phillips, H. Palin, A. Hewitt, H. Whittle (2015). Bridging the digital divide: empowering learning and communication with iPads. Physiotherapy. 101, pp.e516-e517.
CH. Hamshire, A. Prowse, K. Jack, C. Wibberley (2015). Maria’s story – the narrative of a mature international student. Journal of Learner Development in Higher Education.
C. Hamshire, WR. Cullen (2014). Providing Students with an Easystart to Higher Education: The Emerging Role of Digital Technologies to Facilitate Students' Transitions. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE). 5(1), pp.73-87.
C. Hamshire, TG. Willgoss, C. Wibberley (2013). Should I stay or should I go? A study exploring why healthcare students consider leaving their programme. Nurse Educ Today. 33(8), pp.889-895.
C. Hamshire, TG. Willgoss, C. Wibberley (2013). What are reasonable expectations? Healthcare student perceptions of their programmes in the North West of England. Nurse Educ Today. 33(2), pp.173-179.
C. Hamshire, T. Willgoss, C. Wibberley (2013). Mind the gaps – Health Professions students’ views of support systems. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 14(1), pp.108-127.
C. Hamshire, TG. Willgoss, C. Wibberley (2012). 'The placement was probably the tipping point' - the narratives of recently discontinued students. Nurse Educ Pract. 12(4), pp.182-186.
S. Gough, C. Hamshire (2012). The first sentence is hardest: writing for publication. Technic: the journal of operating department proactice. 3(2), pp.6-9.
C. Hamshire (2011). Inter-professional education – enhancing the learning experience for first year students. Physiotherapy. 97, pp.eS1416-eS1638.
(2010). Selected Abstracts of Free Papers Presented at SimTecT Health Conference. Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 5(6), pp.359-369.
C. Hamshire, K. Jack, D. O'Connor (2019). Collaborative and reflective spaces for developing professional practitioners. In: Reframing Space for Learning. IOE press,
C. Hamshire, T. Bilham, P. Klappa, S. Lancaster, G. Helena (2019). Towards a learning landscape: The potential for technologies to create social learning spaces. In: Reframing Space for Learning.
CH. Hamshire, R. Forsyth, C. Player (2018). Transitions of first generation students to higher education in the UK. In: Understanding Experiences of First Generation University Students. Bloomsbury,
CH. Hamshire, J. Lachkovic (2016). Developing a framework for APP evaluation: Empowering learning and communication with iPads for children and young people with communication impairments. In: Building Sustainable Health Eco-systems 6th International Conference on Well-being in the Information Society WIS 2016.
C. Bryson (2014). Understanding and Developing Student Engagement. In: Understanding and Developing Student Engagement. Routledge, pp.47-63.
C. Hamshire, R. Forsyth (2013). Contexts and concepts: Crafty ways to consider challenging topics. A. Moseley. In: New Traditional Games for Learning: A Case Book. Routledge, pp.161-175.
K. Jack, D. OConnor, C. Hamshire (2020). Facilitating Partnerships between Clinical Teams and Healthcare Students. Birmingham, UK, 24/4/2020.
K. Jack, C. Hamshire (2019). PLATO: A Clinical Education Tool to Support a Culture for Learning. Lublin, Poland,
F. Saunders, H. Laville, L. Follon, N. Dearden, S. Cannell, et al. (2019). Engaging with the Executive: Embedding student engagement throughout the university hierarchy. Newcastle, UK, 4/9/2019.
C. Hamshire, R. Forsyth, S. Caton, D. Fontaine, L. Soldaat (2019). Exploring staff perceptions of first-generation students to enhance professional development of academic staff. Bilbao, Spain, 13/6/2019.
C. Hamshire, G. Cavan, FA. Fatoye (2017). An exploration of the benefits of an urban park for promoting health and well-being. Cape Town, 2/7/2017.
DA. O'Connor, C. Hamshire (2014). Engaging staff in Pedagogical Change: using mobile video technologies to enhance student learning. Manchester, 11/9/2014.
H. Crumbleholme, . hamshire (2014). Padding around – using iPads to promote collaborative learning. In: https://www.ucisa.ac.uk/-/media/Files/.../ASG_Effective_Use_Mobile%20Learning. London,
C. Hamshire, R. Forsyth, N. Whitton (2013). Designing Games to Disseminate Research Findings. In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON GAMES BASED LEARNING, VOLS 1 AND 2. Inst Super Engn Porto, Porto, PORTUGAL, 3/10/2013. pp.208-215.
C. Hamshire, N. Whitton, P. Whitton (2012). Staying the Course - a Game to Facilitate Students' Transitions to Higher Education. In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 6TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON GAMES BASED LEARNING. Univ Coll Cork, Cork, IRELAND, 4/10/2012. pp.627-630.
CH. Hamshire, C. Wibberley (2012). Mind the gap - Healthcare students' experiences of Student Services. Cambridge, UK, 4/9/2012.
DA. O'Connor, C. Hamshire (2012). Putting the Patient at The Heart of Physiotherapy Student Education: Supporting Development and Life Long Learning Using Eportfolios. In: Supporting Development and Life Long learning using e-Portfolios. E-Portfolio and Identity Conference. London, UK, 9/7/2012.
S. Gough, C. Hamshire (2012). Supporting Healthcare workforce Development Using Simulation and E-portfolios. In: ISBN: 9782954014418. London, 9/7/2012.
C. Hamshire (2011). Enhancing student employability using the PebblePad eportfolio and key skills mapping. In: Physiotherapy. Amsterdam, Netherlands,, 20/6/2011. pp.eS18-eS1415.
CH. Hamshire, . Cullen (2009). Integrated induction materials to facilitate the transition to Higher Education: The Easy start project. Edge Hill University, 5/6/2009.
Invited speaker 4th Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT), 11-12, November 2016, to present both an interactive presentation and workshop at the 4th Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT).
Invited case study 2014, ‘Padding around – using iPads to promote collaborative learning, In Mobile Learning: how mobile technologies can enhance the learning experience Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association, pp. 6-11.
Invited case study 2011, ‘Developing a spiralling induction programme: a blended approach’ In Anagnostopoulou, K. and Parma, D. (ed.) ELFYSE practical guide ‘Supporting the first year student experience through the use of learning technologies’.
Invitation as e a Discussant at an International panel at the ISSOTL 2015 conference to offer a UK perspective on ‘Convergences and Divergences in the experiences of first generation university students’ at the 2015 International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (ISSOTL) Conference.
Invitation as a keynote speaker at a Symposium on ‘Embedding Quality Processes in the Curriculum’ by Professor Jan Sand from Tromso, Arctic University of Norway, November 2015.
As Vice Chair of the RAISE network (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement) I hosted both the 2014 and 2017 annual Conferences.
Senior Editor of the Journal of Student Engagement in Higher Education
Funded research awarded as Principal Investigator External income
Health Education England (HEE) February 2015 - ‘PASS- Predicting and securing student success’ - £201, 498
HEE November 2014 - ‘Analysis of student data to contribute to the development of a benchmarking tool’ - £24,597
HEE July 2014 - ‘Intelligent Technologies to Empower Communication - Using table devices to support children and adults with communication difficulties’ - £46,353
HEE June 2014 - ‘Student & Newly qualified Staff attrition – A scoping review’ - £10,000
HEE July 2010 - ‘Staying the Course – Enhancing student retention in the North West’ - £49,800
Higher Education Academy, Health Sciences and Practice subject centre September 2008 - ‘Easystart - supporting first year students’ transitions and induction’ - £5,000
Internal Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) income MMU, CELT (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) July 2016 - ‘’INSTEP- INternationalisimg Student Education in Physiotherapy - £4,000 MMU,
CELT July 2014 - ‘Step-in: An exploration of students’ induction experiences’ - £8,000 MMU KEIF (Knowledge Exchange and Innovation) award November 2013 - ‘Bridging the digital divide – creating opportunities for children with complex needs and autism’ - £30,000
MMU KEIF award March 2013 - ‘Improving learning outcomes for students with disabilities through iPad accessible communication courses’ - £5,000
MMU KEIF award March 2012 - ‘Student attrition board game – Staying the Course’ – £5,000
MMU 18 month Academic Fellowship project September 2007 - E-learning Development for the School of Health, Psychology and Social Care
MMU 12 month Academic Fellowship project September 2006 – Flexible Learning in Physiotherapy
Funded research awarded as Co-investigator
ARUK (Arthritis Research UK) May 2016 - TIPP App Development for patients with patellofemoral pain-£50,000
JISC September 2008 – Leader of the Physiotherapy strand of the Supporting Responsive Curricula (SRC) £400,000 JISC funded project leading to the Institutional design project EQAL (Enhancing Quality and Assessment for Learning).
Projects and initiatives
Health Education North West (HENW) June 2014 - ‘Student & Newly qualified Staff attrition – A scoping review’.
HENW July 2010 - ‘Staying the Course – Enhancing student retention in the North West’
Higher Education Academy (HEA), Health Sciences and Practice subject centre September 2008 - ‘Easystart - supporting first year students’ transitions and induction’.
MMU, CELT July 2014 - ‘Step-in: An exploration of students’ experiences’.
MMU KEIF award November 2013 - ‘Bridging the digital divide – creating opportunities for children with complex needs and autism’.
MMU KEIF award March 2013 - ‘Improving learning outcomes for students with disabilities through iPad accessible communication courses’.
MMU KEIF award March 2012 - ‘Student attrition board game – Staying the Course’ – £5,000
Health Education North West (HENW) February 2015 - ‘PASS- Predicting and securing student success’.
HENW November 2014 - ‘Analysis of student data to contribute to the development of a benchmarking tool’.
HENW July 2014 - ‘Intelligent Technologies to Empower Communication - Using table devices to support children and adults with communication difficulties’.
Higher Education representative on the North West E-learning partnership board to ensure that student learning was considered in all developments (2011-2014).
Higher Education representative on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy e-Portfolio working group and CPD Steering Group (2011-14).
Member of the Student Learning and Teaching Network (SLTN) Committee (2011-2013).
Vice-chair of the RAISE network (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement) since 2012.
Member of the ISSOTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Advocacy and Outreach Committee (detailed in section C).
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2014.
Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellow, 2012
Conference prize winner for best poster at the Higher Education Academy Conference 2014 for ‘Staying the Course – A Game to Facilitate Students’ Transition to Higher Education’.
Conference prize winner for best presentation at the 4th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato Italy, 22-25 May 2011 for ‘Blending digital technology to enhance clinical skills’.
Visiting Academic at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia - 2015.
Visiting Academic Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland - 2016 onwards
Visiting Academic University of Cape Town, South Africa - 2016 onwards
Visiting Academic Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland - 2017 onwards
Senior Editor - Journal of Student Engagement in Higher Education
Member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (ISSOTL)