Combined Honours

Staff Profiles

Susan Spencer

Teaching Fellow in Combined Honours

Background

Sue has worked in higher education for over 20 years and has a particular interest in facilitation, practice based research and compassion.

She is responsible for enabling students to access the services and resources appropriate to ensure they thrive during their studies on Combined Honours. She works with the Peer Ambassadors to provide 1:1 and group sessions to help students’ well-being with problem solving and developing good habits in self-care. Sue is also Senior Tutor and seeks to develop robust and coherent links between pastoral and academic support within the CH programme.

Teaching

Sue is module leader for the final year independent study - involving research and independent scholarship.


Research

Sue is a writer and poet and is an enthusiastic advocate for the expressive and creative arts in human flourishing and wellbeing.

Sue has written about her developing knowledge and understanding of how poetry, creativity and change impacts on professional practice in health and education. She is currently working on a project that combines creative writing and reflective practice to help health care practitioners & educators focus on enhanced self-awareness and self-care.

Scholarly Role

Associate Editor for the journal Medical Humanities, a BMJ Publication.

Honorary Role

International Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development in recognition for utilising poetry within well-being and professional development.


Selected publications and presentations

Green L & Spencer S (2018) Facilitating Change in Palliative Care ch in Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice 3rd edition edited by Walshe C, Preston, & Johnston B McGraw Hill

Spencer S A (2016) Stories in personal development Lapidus Quarterly Spring

Spencer S A (2014) Poetry at work Tweetspeak Poetry http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com/2014/07/11/poetry-at-work-sue-spencer/