The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Pauline McCormack

Senior Lecturer


Roles and Responsibilities

Pauline is a medical sociologist with a background in education, social policy and participatory methods. Her research encompasses: patient experiences of medical technologies, translational research and clinical trials; patient participation; and bioethics, with particular interests in notions of power and the patient voice. Twitter @paulinemacco

She has worked empirically on several rare disease projects such as RD-CONNECT100,000 Genomes Project and TREAT-NMD. She is also working on 'When technology fails patients', exploring the experiences of patients with failed metal-on-metal hip replacements.

Publications: e-prints service


EdD Education, Newcastle University 'Fortress Education: a study of widening participation at an elite UK university'
MSc Computing Science, Newcastle University
BA (Hons) Classical Studies, Newcastle University

Previous Posts

  • Senior Research Associate, PEALS, Newcastle University
  • Lecturer, Open University
  • Curriculum Development Officer, Newcastle University
  • Production Manager, Lily Hill Theatre Company, Galway
  • Research Associate, Institute of Education, London
  • SINE Project Director, Newcastle University
  • Learning Technology Co-ordinator, Newcastle University
  • Humanities Computing Project Manager, Glasgow University

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Research Interests

Pauline's publications are available at from Newcastle University's e-prints service.

Pauline's research interests are in medical sociology particularly, social and ethical approaches to new technologies, patient activism, and how policy translates to individuals. She often works in the field of rare diseases, investigating patient/patient advocates' experiences of new drug developments and technologies, particularly genomics.

Esteem Indicators

European Commission Expert Reviewer on patient participation 2017-

Co-lead (with Simon Woods) Genomics England Patient Involvement implementation group 2015-2020

Invited expert: Nuffield Council on Bioethics ‘Neurotechnologies and registries’ workshop 2013, London, UK 

Invited presenter: Nuffield Council on Bioethics ‘Children and research’ working party 2013, London, UK

Invited speaker: Evidence Live13 "Are patients just pound signs?": perspectives of people with failed metal on metal hip implants, Oxford, UK

Chairperson Rare Disease Patient and Ethics Council 2012-

Speaker: expert workshop for newborn screening in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, 2012, Naarden, Netherlands

Submission/publication of evidence to UK Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry on Medical Device Regulation, 2012, London, UK


2016 Wellcome Trust Small Grant £5,000

2015 Faculty Small Bids & SAgE £8,000

2013 GPS Research Fund & MSE £4,000

2011 Faculty Research Fund £3,800; EPSRC Impact Fund £36,000 (PI T J Joyce)

2010 GPS Technical Training £500

2004 PI on SINE Project, £390,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund


Module Leader and lecturer SOC2056 Sociology of Health and Ilness

Lecturer SOC1032 Politics and Sociology

Previous teaching:

MSc Genomic Medicine

MRes Neuromuscular Disorders

Investigating the Body

Bioethics for Bioengineering

Lecturer on MA Educational Enquiry - Open University

Module Leader Student Tutoring Masters level - Newcastle University