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I am Programme Lead (Pharmacy and Pharmacology), Course Leader for the MPharm degree programme and a prinicpal lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.

I am external examiner for the Health Education England (HEE) London and South East Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation programme.

I am the School Athena Swan Champion and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) lead. We are currently renewing the School Athena Swan Bronze award, to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employed in higher education and research.


I grew up in Swansea and studied pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth 1989-1992. I completed my pre-registration placement at Boots the Chemists in Cosham and qualified as a pharmacist in 1993. I worked for Boots, as a Pharmacy Manager, for six years until 1999 and then transferred to LloydsPharmacy as a Teacher-Practitioner.

In 2001 I became a full-time lecturer at the University of Portsmouth; in the same year I completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and became a Fellow of AdvanaceHE (previously the Higher Education Academy). I completed an MSc in 2002.

I had a brief spell working part-time from 2004-2011 while I had my two children and returned to full-time employment in 2011. In October 2011, started a part-time PhD and submitted in October 2017.

I evaluated MPharm students' study habits and where they turn for support. As a result of my research I have implemented a Peer Assisted Learning programme where I train and support carefully selected Year Two (level 5) MPharm undergraduates to undertake the PAL leader role.

PAL provides a safe environment for students to discuss ideas and resolve questions; promoting collaborative learning and an oppotunity for PAL leaders to share their experiences.

I have also worked as a pharmacist support trainer for South East Medicines Management and Education (SEMMED), which is now part of Health Education England (HEE), supporting hospital trainee pharmacists during their foundation year.

I am Programme Lead (Pharmacy and Pharmacology) and Course Leader for the MPharm programme, a prinicpal lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and I am external examiner for the HEE London and South East Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation programme.

Research Interests

My research focuses on students' learning experiences and pharmacy practice. Research projects include: 

  • Peer assisted learning,
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI),
  • Observations of online chat forums and the implications for pharmacy,
  • Awareness and usage of contraceptives,
  • CPD,
  • Internet pharmacy,
  • Students’ learning styles,
  • Communication and counselling skills.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly at helen.hull@port.ac.uk or +44 2392 843597.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Evaluation of Students' Study Habits

1 Oct 201130 Oct 2017

Award Date: 30 Sept 2017

Master of Science, School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences

Award Date: 17 Jul 2002

External positions

External Examiner - HEE LaSE Medicines Optimisation Programme, Health Education England

17 Oct 2017 → …

Local professional network, Health Education Wessex

May 2017Dec 2018

Aurora Role Model , Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

1 Sept 2016 → …

External examiner - Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Greenwich

1 Sept 201530 Jun 2019

Fellow of Advance HE (formally Higher Education Academy - HEA), Advance HE


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