Paula Gawthorpe

Paula Gawthorpe

Senior Lecturer (Nursing) / School Lead of Studies (Nursing & Midwifery)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


  • BSc (University of Hull)
  • MA (Keele University)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • FHEA (University of Hull)
  • MRes (Lancaster University)


Paula qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993, and joined the University in 2012.

Having worked mainly within an oncology setting since qualifying, she has extensive experience in the field of cancer and palliative care, and maintained clinical credibility by working as a bank nurse in palliative care provision. Paula's particular interests include ethics and decision making in palliative care, lung cancer and end of life care.

Paula has a keen interest in inclusive education, having undertaken a four year secondment (2019-2023) as a TEA Senior Fellow. She co-authored the QAA University of Hull Inclusive Education Framework

As School Lead of Studies for Nursing & Midwifery, Paula's main areas of focus relate to provision and consistency of Personal Supervision across all programmes, staff support, inclusive education, and quality assurance.

Paula contributes as a module team member to the majority of the currently available modules as part of the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Programme and the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) Apprenticeship programme and is also a Personal Supervisor. She is joint Year 3 Intake Lead and has extensive involvement in the final year of the BSc Nursing programme.

MSc Supervision - post registration modules / programmes

Level 7+ Post-registration modules / BSc Health Professional Studies:

- Enhancing Therapeutic Communication

- PCAP Programme

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Addressing the hidden curriculum during transition to HE: the importance of empathy

Hubbard, K., Gawthorpe, P., Fallin, L., & Henri, D. (2020). Addressing the hidden curriculum during transition to HE: the importance of empathy. In T. Hinchcliffe (Ed.), The Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education (59-76). Heslington, York: Advance HE

Research interests

End of life care / carer experience / hope and truth telling / student engagement & experience / inclusive education practice

Lead investigator







Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Collaborative Enhancement Project


QAA Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education




10 February 2022



Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow HEA


Nurse Teacher


Nursing & Midwifery Council (UK)

Registered General Nurse


Nursing & Midwifery Council (UK)