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I trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of Exeter, and undertook clinical placements at Torbay, Musgrove Park and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals. My clinical career started at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton and I later moved to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, where I specialised in CT and MRI. During this time, I undertook postgraduate units in Forensic Radiography, Paediatric Imaging and Research Theory and Practice at Birmingham City University.

I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2011 as a lecturer and progressed to Senior Lecturer in 2013. The same year, I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education through the University of Portsmouth and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2013-14, I undertook postgraduate units in ‘Imaging in Medicine’ and ‘Further Materials in Medical Physics’ through the Open University.

In October 2015 I was appointed as External Promotion and Liaison Lead for the School of Health Sciences and Social Work. My key responsibilities included student recruitment, outreach and public engagement, marketing, global engagement, timetable coordination, induction coordination, alumni relations and employability across all courses within the School. 

In March 2020 I became the interim Associate Dean (Students) for the Faculty of Science and Health and was appointed Associate Dean (Students) in January 2021. My main responsibilities are overseeing the quality of student experience across the Faculty. 

My current role enables me to shape the strategic direction of the Faculty of Science and Health through membership a number of University-level committees, including the Student Experience Committee and Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Committee.

My doctoral study focuses on the use of Values Based Recruitment as a predictor of academic attrition and achievement within health and social care courses.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently support BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging students

Research Interests

  • Simulation
  • Cross-Sectional Imaging
  • Values Based Recruitment
  • Attrition and Retention

External positions

Member of UK Forensic Radiography Response Team

9 Aug 2015 → …

Member, International Association of Forensic Radiographers

9 Aug 2015 → …

Member of MR Advisory Group, Society of Radiographers

17 Nov 201417 Nov 2018

Specialist Radiographer, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

3 Aug 2014 → …


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  • Vice-Chancellor's Commendation

    Farrell, Kirsten (Recipient), 8 Dec 2022

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  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

    Harper, Mick (Recipient), Farrell, Kirsten (Recipient), Dobson, Lucy (Recipient), Bailey, Lucy (Recipient), Tarrant, Sam (Recipient), Roster, Jack (Recipient), Neve, Ashley (Recipient), Clark, Nicholas John (Recipient), Jones, Andy (Recipient), O'Neill, Jennifer Ruth (Recipient), Gray, Rebekka (Recipient), Jackson, Clare (Recipient), Zhang, Haijing (Recipient), Lawrence, Harry (Recipient), Kithakye, Noel (Recipient), Boyd, Mercedes (Recipient), Mather, Nathan (Recipient), Stevens, Rachel (Recipient), Walker, Louise (Recipient), Armstrong, Cathy (Recipient) & Jones, Nigel (Recipient), 30 Apr 2018

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