Patricia Harris is a lecturer in Health Sciences and has established tailored academic skills support within the School.
She is passionate about student wellbeing and its link to academic performance and ultimately student retention (the topic of her doctoral thesis). Patricia’s teaching and support ethos therefore considers student’s mental, physical and emotional health.
Currently, acting as the lead in Academic Support in Health Sciences, Patricia supports module organisers to integrate academic skills into the curriculum, mapping it across the programme, and provides advice on academic assignments to maximise clarity and minimise undue stress.
Patricia has also held the position of Widening Participation (WP) lead for the Faculty of Medicine and Health and brings this experience to ensure the attainment and retention strands of the agenda are considered within her academic support remit.
Current research projects include exploration of maths anxiety on drug calculation performance in health professional students (collaboration with University of Derby) and impact of e-mentoring on medical school applicants from WP backgrounds.