Audrey gained her BMSc (Hons) Nursing in 1996 from the University of Abertay. Following a range of clinical experience Audrey completed a PG Diploma and SPQ in Care of the Critically Ill Adult in 2002 at Glasgow University. Audrey has worked within the University of Dundee medical school since 2010. Firstly, as Senior Clinical Skills Tutor and then as Lecturer in Interprofessional Education within Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation. In these roles she led on principles block teaching for year 1 students on the MBChB programme, was year 1 OSCE lead, was educational lead for a national post graduate clinical skills course for Pharmacists and developed various teaching threads including infection control and procedural skills. Further interest in these roles was in developing and teaching non-technical skills and the principles of Realistic Medicine. During this time Audrey achieved a PGCert Teaching in Higher Education followed by a MEd. Leading Learning and Teaching from the University of Dundee. Audrey is also a recognised fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
In 2019 Audrey joined the medical school undergraduate student support team as an Educational Guidance & Support Tutor then in 2022 became the lead for this team. She continues in this role and has recently accepted the role of Senior Adviser of Studies for the Medical School. This new role will see Audrey working across all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the medical school to develop the Adviser of Studies network and to work with academic and professional services leads to ensure key policies and processes are in place and operate effectively for the benefit of all students.
Having completed a Masters degree in Education, MEd in Leading Learning and Teaching with a dissertation entitled - Is Supported Clinical Skills an effective bridge between theory and practice of venepuncture and cannulation for undergraduate medical students? This was an evaluation of a new teaching strategy that Audrey developed and delivered to support undergraduate medical students develop their skills in venepuncture and peripheral venous cannulation.
More recent interests have been around the pastoral and academic support needs of undergraduate medical students. Audrey is an active member of the Scottish Medical Schools Student Support Network.
Audrey is involved in supervision of BMSc Medical education projects and Educational Vocational Scholarships.
Following 12 years of teaching within Dundee Institute of Health Care Simulation, Clinical Skills Centre, Audrey’s primary focus is now on supporting the student experience throughout their undergraduate medical training. This involves collaborating with the wider teaching and support team to develop and deliver wellbeing workshops and academic support to both individual students and larger groups.
Audrey has extensive experience in the supervision of assessments and with the student admissions interviews (MMIs) with the School of Medicine.
Identifying specific student needs sees Audrey currently involved in work around ensuring equity of access to support and supportive processes. She has a particular interest in this from the perspective of neurodiverse students and others from “non-typical” medical student backgrounds.