How Can Knowledge Mobilisation Theory be Used to Improve Radiography Education?

  • Contacts for informal enquiries: Dr K Louise McKnight (Louise.Mcknight@bcu.ac.uk), Professor Fiona Cowdell (Fiona.Cowdell@bcu.ac.uk), Dr Thomas Hopkins (Thomas.Hopkins@bcu.ac.uk)

    Effective education is essential to preparing the next generation of independent practitioners. Our radiography students spend approximately half their time in the university academic setting, and a half in the practicum, working and learning alongside staff in clinical imaging departments. Therefore, clinical staff are key to educating students and importantly there needs to be shared knowledge and understanding across student-clinical staff- academic boundaries. Knowledge mobilisation put simply ‘moving to where it is most useful’ is an emerging field of study in health care and education.

    The successful candidate will employ qualitative research methods to explore how knowledge is currently mobilised across student-clinical staff- academic boundaries to support best practice in student education. The study will be informed by the four pillars of advanced practice namely research, clinical skills, education and leadership, and the Society of Radiographers Practice Educator Accreditation Scheme (PEAS).

    This GRTA post offers an HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer a unique opportunity to both teach students in the university setting and undertake doctoral study investigating how knowledge mobilisation theory may be used to improve radiography education, ultimately for the benefit of patients. The Department of Radiography at BCU educates students on undergraduate courses in Diagnostic Radiography, Therapeutic Radiography and Medical Ultrasound. The successful GRTA will contribute to teaching in one or more of these areas.

    How to Apply

    The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 25th April 2021.

    To apply, please complete the project proposal form and then complete your online application (via the link attached to each individual project) where you will be required to upload your proposal in place of a personal statement. Please ensure you state the relevant project reference on your proposal form.

    To support applicants who may wish to find out more about us and the process of applying for a doctoral role we are offering a virtual applicant event on Monday 15th March, 16.00 – 17.00. The format will be a Q and A session with HELS Faculty colleagues and postgraduate researchers (PGRs) focusing on these posts and the HELS environment. Contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk  to book a place.

    Alternatively, you may wish to speak to one of our Directors of Doctoral Research: Dr Kate Thomson, (Kate.Thomson@bcu.ac.uk) Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health; Dr Tony Armstrong (Tony.Armstrong@bcu.ac.uk) Education.

    See the link below for further information on BCU’s website:


  • Duration: 48 Months

    Full/Part Time: Full Time

    Starting Date: 03 February 2021

    Deadline to Apply: 25 April 2021

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