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Paula Gawthorpe

Mrs Paula Gawthorpe

Senior Lecturer (Nursing) / Senior Fellow Teaching Excellence Academy (Student Retention)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


  • BSc (University of Hull)
  • MA (Keele University)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • PhD (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 maintains 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 is currently undertaking a four year part time secondment role (until August 2023) as a Senior Fellow, based within the Teaching Excellence Academy. The main focus of this post is enhancing and developing excellence in teaching, with a particular focus on inclusive curricula and student retention across the university.

Paula contributes as a module team member to the majority of the currently available pre-registration modules as part of the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Programme and is also a Personal Supervisor. She is joint module lead for the Leading & Managing Care module, and as Year 3 Intake Lead has extensive involvement in the final year of the programme.

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)