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Associate Professorial Lecture Series 2019/20

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Associate Professorial Lecture Series 2019/20

Associate Professorial Lectures are an opportunity for Associate Professors to showcase their current research and/or learning and teaching priorities at the Institution.

Dr Marina Sawdon, Associate Professor of Medical Education - POSTPONED


Wednesday 18 March 2020, 12.15pm-12.45pm 

Gateway room 1

Dr Marina SawdonSchool of Medicine

‘The relationship between undergraduate healthcare student Conscientiousness Index scores and later academic/clinical performance’

'Robust measures of professionalism in healthcare professionals and trainees continue to be elusive.  This may be attributed to the complex nature of professionalism.  It is known from the wider literature on work psychology that conscientiousness is the single strongest predictor of work place performance, and research confirms that this is true in health care also. Myself and colleagues have previously developed a proxy measure of professionalism, which is an objective, scalar measure of conscientiousness; the Conscientiousness Index (CI). The relationship between medical students CI scores early in undergraduate education and subsequent performance measures in knowledge, skills and professional behaviours will be presented. In addition, preliminary analysis of data held in the UK Medical Education database (UKMED) suggests that the CI has predictive validity for future performance as a practising doctor.'


Dr John Unsworth, Associate Professor/Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement

Monday 23 March 2020, 12.45pm-12.45pm

Gateway room 1

Dr John UnsworthFaculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing

‘The Trouble with Competence’

Exploring issues with the assessment of competence across a range of professions this lecture will examine the problematic nature of assessment of competence in the workplace.


Trish Spedding, Associate Professor Learning and Teaching

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 12.15pm - 12.45pm

Reg Vardy room 317, St Peter's campus

Trish SpeddingFaculty of Education and Society

'Stories of Supervision'

Trish will the focus on a paper recently submitted which discusses the experiences of non-traditional entry students from the further, adult and vocational education sector who are practitioner-researchers on a customised MPhil higher  research degree programme.


Dr Stephanie Wilkie, Associate Professor in Environmental Psychology

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 12.15pm - 12.45pm

Gateway room 1

Dr Stephanie WilkieFaculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing

Rethinking Healthy Places:  Combining Environment and Person-centred Approaches to Support Health and Wellbeing’

Stephanie Wilkie is an environmental psychologist with expertise in the impact of built and natural environments on wellbeing. She regularly works in collaboration with researchers in psychology, public health, and urban design.

After obtaining her PhD in 2001 from Indiana University (USA), she worked in a research and development non-profit organisation on large-scale survey research programmes.  She joined the University of Sunderland School of Psychology in 2004.  Stephanie’s Associate Professorial Lecture will focus on theoretical insights from Environmental Psychology relevant to understanding the link between persons, place, and their health and wellbeing, as well as how the integration of environmental influences is important to broader national and international policy targets to improve population health.


Dr Caroline Mitchell, Associate Professor Radio and Participation

Wednesday 13 May 2020, 12.15pm - 12.45pm

Reg Vardy room 317

Dr Caroline MitchellFaculty of Arts and Creative Industries

‘Radio and participation’



Dr Ken McGarry, Associate Professor in Computer Science

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 12.15pm-12.45pm

Gateway room 4

Dr Ken McGarryFaculty of Computer Science

'The analysis of data'

Dr Ken McGarry will explore some of his recent work and will also touch upon his case study for the Research Excellence Framework.



Dr Kevin Yuill, Associate Professor of American History

Wednesday 10 June 2020, 12.15pm-12.45pm

Reg Vardy  room 404

Dr Kevin Yuill, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

“A man should be permitted to go out of this world whenever he thinks fit.” Suicide and Euthanasia in the USA in the 1890s 

This talk will compare attitudes to suicide and euthanasia in the United States in the 1890s with those of today. After prominent agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll’s “Is Suicide a Sin?” was published in 1894, the morality of suicide briefly became a popular topic in newspapers. Though the explosion of sociological curiosity about suicide at the time is well known, as is an increasing tendency to understand suicide in medical terms, less is known about more popular interest in the moral aspects of suicide. Whereas Ingersoll’s attitude towards suicide expressed an individualistic, Social Dawininian ethos, a newer, more collectivist approach that would later find expression in Progressivism changed attitudes towards self-destruction. Histories of euthanasia and assisted suicide point to this period as being a rehearsal of today’s discussion, but this article shows the difference between Ingersoll's attitude to suicide, which was compatible with moral equality, and the idea of euthanasia and assisted suicide, which attaches differential value to human lives, As the talk will shows, there was no mention of any need for assistance with suicide and virtually no crossover between advocating tolerance of suicide and advocating euthanasia, which became more popular a decade later.