Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education

Lead researchers

Professor Heather Wharrad, Chair in e-Learning and Health Informatics

Heather is head of the DICE group and also the academic lead for the HELM (Health E-learning and Media) group. She has been principal investigator on many externally funded national and international projects on e-learning pedagogy, evaluation and research in health. 


Professor Jo Lymn, Director of Learning and Teaching/PhD Programme Director

Jo has pioneered the use of a number of innovative teaching and learning strategies. The international impact of her teaching tools is best evidenced through the widespread adoption of her reusable learning objects by staff, students and patients around the world. 


Jo teaches pharmacology to non-medical prescribing students and is enthusiastic about engaging them in this subject. 


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Dr Carol Hall, Director of Undergraduate Education 

Carol is director of undergraduate education and course director for pre-registration studies (Nursing) in the School of Health Sciences. Her expertise relates to inspirational and appreciative teaching and learning methods, policy modernisation for the support of professional nursing education, and leadership in the development of international faculty.  


Dr Richard Windle, Senior Lecturer in e-Learning

Richard was on the leadership team of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for reusable learning objects and now co-leads the school’s e-learning group.  


Richard has great experience in e-learning and bioscience projects, as well as in the creation of health education online resources. His research focuses on applied e-learning pedagogy and the development of evaluative methods which assess the impact and effectiveness of e-learning interventions.


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Dr Holly Blake, Associate Professor of Behavioural Science

Holly is a Chartered Health Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She works closely with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, leading a programme of research and evaluation associated with employee health and wellbeing. 


Holly is paired with the NUH Trust in the first Impact Leaders cohort, funded by the ESRC (Impact Acceleration Account).


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Dr Catrin Evans, Associate Professor/Director of Internationalisation

Catrin is a registered nurse and has worked in the HIV/AIDS field since 1990. She also has a background in social anthropology and public health and, between 1993 and 2003, worked as a researcher and public health consultant in South and South East Asia. She joined The University of Nottingham in 2003.


Dr Stathis Konstantinidis, Assistant Professor in e-Learning and Health Informatics

Stathis is a member of the Global Health Workforce Council and served as the Norwegian ambassador of Open Knowledge. He has over 10 years’ experience of working on EU, national and interregional funded research projects in different roles, including as project coordinator (CAMEI – EU-FP7-CSA).  


Stathis was a research associate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece between 2005 and 2012, and taught at the Technological Educational Institute of West Macedonia (Greece). Between 2012 and 2015 he was a researcher at NORUT – the Northern Research Institute (Norway). He’s active in publishing and contributing to academic events on health informatics and medical and health education. 


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Dr Fern Todhunter, Assistant Professor in Nursing

Fern’s interests in e-learning are reflected in her project leadership and the development of Re-usable Learning Objects (RLOs). She has collaborated globally with a number of Universities to develop virtual experiences as study elsewhere located in the student’s own setting. Her research interest is the methodology used to assess virtual learning experiences. 


Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0909