Find out about our academics, their work histories and educational interests.
Annie Noble-Denny - TLHP Programme Director
Annie has been a lecturer on TLHP for a number of years and has a strong clinical and educational background.
Her previous life was as a PICU nurse/ Sister in London and Bristol. Then she moved into a teaching role as Paediatric Resuscitation educator and then a Paediatric Simulation educator. She studied the TLHP Cert and Diploma during this time working as a nurse educator and then decided to join the TLHP teaching team as a lecturer at Bristol University where she then also completed her MSc.
Annie is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education (EdD). Annie is also the Deputy Faculty Education Director for Post Graduate Taught Programmes and is keen to share her knowledge and experience in the development of new and existing programme educational approaches.
Her main interests are inter-professional education, programmatic assessment, developing and sustaining educational research in health sciences education and workplace based learning.
Andrew Burnett – Lecturer and Certificate Lead
Andrew Burnett MBA (S. Wales), LLM (Cardiff), PGCE (Cardiff)
Andrew is an experienced and qualified practitioner within adult learning contexts, also holding statutory QTS equivalence as a teacher in primary and secondary schools in England.
Andrew is the Certificate Lead within the TLHP programme and delivers the Leading in Education unit within the Diploma.
Andrew’s latest research interests are focussed upon how vocational students’ professional backgrounds can impact upon their approach to learning. He is currently working toward his Doctorate of Education and undertaking a qualitative study that seeks to unpack TLHP student perspectives in this area.
Andrew is married to a G.P. and believes this offers some insight into the challenges faced by those within the health professions. He suggests new teachers consider that “learning can happen without any intended teaching taking place.
Tricia Thorpe - Lecturer and Diploma Lead
Tricia Thorpe is the Programme Lead for the Diploma and the Lead Tutor for the following units:
- The Arts & Humanities in Medical and Healthcare Education (Diploma)
- Curriculum Development and Course Design (Diploma)
Tricia has been a lecturer on TLHP for over a decade and she teaches across the entire programme. Her background is in Modern Languages and in Teacher Training for both adult education tutors and future secondary teachers.
At Bristol, Tricia has run many education conferences for TLHP and the whole Faculty. She has a particular interest in the Arts and Humanities, including their use in Medical Education, and she is also interested in course design and curriculum development.
Steve Jennings - Lecturer and MSc Lead
Steve Jennings, MA (Hons)
Steve is a Lecturer on the TLHP programme at the University of Bristol, as well as at Cardiff University, where he teaches across various social sciences, education, psychology and research methods courses on the Pathways to Healthcare and Social Science at the Continuing and Professional Education centre. He also has experience teaching undergraduate programmes in sociology and education at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff.
Steve teaches the following Certificate units: Theory & Practice, Assessment & Evaluation, Clinical Based Education and Diploma units: Research Methods and Curriculum Development and Course Design.
Steve is currently finishing his Ph.D., researching the impact of policy on social and emotional learning interventions in primary schools in south Wales. Steve’s research fuses interdisciplinary perspectives from public health, social science, community psychology and education. He is about to embark on a new Macmillan-funded project in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Cardiff University, a qualitative study focused on patients’ and health professionals’ experiences of cancer immunotherapy.
Steve is particularly interested in the sociology of education, social and emotional learning, innovative teaching methods, transformative education, qualitative research in health education and context and implementation of educational and health interventions.
Asim Ali - Lecturer and Distance Learning MSc Lead
Asim joined University of Bristol in 2021 as a Lecturer and is the Lead for MSc (Distance Learning) within the TLHP programme. He also teaches the following units:
- Theory & Practice of Learning and Teaching | MEEDM0037
- Assessment & Evaluation | MEEDM0026
For the past 10 years he has been involved in medical education, as well as Faculty Development programmes in the National University (Sudan) from 2013-2016. As Director of CPD, Asim planned, delivered, and oversaw curricular, instructional, and organizational development projects. His abiding interests remain in teacher development, academic leadership, and community of practice; hence, he is keen on being involved in mentoring fellow lecturers, tutors, and students from all walks of life in UoB.
Prior to earning his master’s in Health Professions Education from Vanderbilt University (USA), Asim held a medical degree from the International University of Africa (Sudan). He is currently finishing a PhD in Medical Education at Swansea University investigating the effectiveness of Cognitive Load Theory in improving learning and problem-solving. His research utilizes the innovative use of evidence-based frameworks of systematic reviews and meta-analyses to synthesize evidence and inform educators on best practices. Asim’s major research interests are in the areas of Problem-Solving, Instructional Design, Cognitive Load Theory, Mental Models, and Decision Making. He welcomes all students and researchers wishing to collaborate on any of the themes listed here as well as other topics in educational research.
Lisa Revell - Lecturer
Lisa Revell, BSc (Bristol), PhD (Bristol), MBBS (University of London), DRCOG, MRCGP
Lisa joined the TLHP team in 2021 as a part time lecturer. She also works as a GP in south Bristol.
Before studying medicine Lisa completed her PhD in a very different field (molecular biology of a potato virus!) and had her first experiences of teaching undergraduate students. This sparked an interest in education and love of teaching, which Lisa carried with her when she transitioned to medicine, taking every opportunity to teach along the way. She held an academic GP training post during which she completed the TLHP programme up to Diploma level and got involved with the medical curriculum and teaching at University of Bristol. During this time, she also started her research looking at the use of arts and humanities within medical education and this remains a special interest.
Sarah McLaughlin - Lecturer and FMED Lead
Sarah is a qualified teacher in post compulsory education and higher academic practice, who has taught sociology, educational theory and marketing in further and higher education. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her research areas include education, social class, intersectionality and social justice.