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    Peter is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Learning & Teaching Fellow (Reader in T&L) in the School of Medicine at Edge Hill University. He is programme lead for the Foundation Year to Medicine (a Widening Access initiative) that is underpinned by a philosophy of inclusivity, community engagement, widening participation and social accountability. He has won various awards for his work in widening participation to medicine including the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) New Leaders Award, and a National Teaching Fellowship with Advance HE.

    Peter is also a member of numerous committees and organisations nationally that promote and facilitate widening access to HE. He currently chairs the national Foundation & Gateway to Medicine Leads group and has been influential in various funded Medical Schools Council (MSC) initiatives (Summer Schools: £112 000, £40 000 and Careers advisor events: £4 000) that promote widening participation in medicine and healthcare.  Peter also led aspects of the development and validation of a nationally recognised QAA: Access Diploma for Medicine.

    He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

    Within the Medical School, Peter is chair of the Learning & Teaching working group, leads the Psychology for Medicine theme, and contributes to teaching and learning in clinical communication.

    Peter previously worked as a Research fellow at the University of Liverpool (School of Medical Education) where he undertook his PhD (clinical communication). He explored the transfer of medical student’s clinical communication skills from the University setting to patient encounters. He also explored the influence of attachment theory on this process. Prior to this Peter predominately worked in education with disadvantaged young people and asylum seekers in the UK, the USA, and Australia.

     Research Interests:
    Patient-provider communication (responding to emotion), Attachment and clinical communication, emotional factors related to undergraduate student learning, PhD supervision (clinical communication in mental health settings, & human trafficking).


    • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (2016)

    • PhD (Medical Education & Psychology), University of Liverpool (2014) 

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)

    • PGCTHE (Teaching & Learning in Higher Education), Edge Hill University (2013)

    • MEd (Educational Psychology), University of Manchester (2006)

    • BA (Sociology), University of Queensland (2003)

    • BHMS (Human Movement Studies), University of Queensland (1992)


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Medical student (and patient) attachment-orientation and clinical communication skills in the simulated and clinical (primary care) setting, University of Liverpool

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

    Teaching & Learning, PGCert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    Psychology of Education, MA

    Award Date: 3 Jul 2006

    Sociology, BA

    Sports Science, BSc

    Other positions

    Panel tutor, University of Cambridge

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Groups

    • Clinical Education Research Group


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