Dr Lorraine Hawick

Dr Lorraine Hawick
Dr Lorraine Hawick
Dr Lorraine Hawick


Senior Lecturer

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Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences 

School of Medicine,Medical Sciences & Nutrition 

Room 2:038

Polwarth Building


University of Aberdeen

AB25 2ZB

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Lorraine qualified as a registered nurse in 1989 and has over 30 years of nursing experience in various areas of clinical practice (including critical care and advanced nursing practice). Lorraine moved to the University of Aberdeen in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer in CHERI, IEMDS.

She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Medical Education) in 2013 and completed a PhD in medical Sciences in 2018. Her role at the university encompasses various aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education teaching (including the MBChB and PA programmes). She is also a UK resuscitation council instructor. Lorraine is the MSc Clinical Education programme coordinator. She also supervises MSc and PhD students. Lorraine is actively involved in qualitative pedagogical research and has a particular interest in curriculum change, the space and place of learning and teaching delivery and the influence and impact of the hidden curriculum.

In 2023, Lorraine received the award of 'Mental Health Champion - Student's Union and University of Aberdeen'.


  • PhD Medical Sciences 
    2018 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MSc Nursing 
    2006 - University of Aberdeen 
  • RGN Nursing 
    1989 - Ealing Hospitals, West London 
  • PG Cert HELT 
    2013 - University of Aberdeen 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Teaching: UK resuscitation council instructor: Advanced and Immediate Life Support
  • Student Selector: Student selector for MBChB programme (Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs))
  • SMMSN Postgraduate Programme coordinators group member
  • Postgraduate Good Cause Committee member
  • PGT SERB panelist
  • Pastoral Care: Regent for PA students


External Memberships

 External responsibilities:

  • Reviewer for Medical Education Journal
  • Reviewer for Clinical Teacher Journal
  • Reviewer for Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC) (research funding stream)
  • Reviewer for The Scottish Medical Education Conference (conference submissions)
  • Reviewer for Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) (research paper stream)
  • Module leader on the Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Research Essential Skills in Medical Education (RESME) online course
  • ASME member
  • External Examiner University College Cork, Ireland MSc in Health Professions’ Education.

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards


  • Mental Health Champion - Student's union and University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards.


  • Oral Presentation of research paper: Certificate of Achievement. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference 2019


  • Sending Messages: How Faculty Influence Professionalism Teaching and Learning. 7th National Scottish Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017. [Awarded Winner in Miscellaneous Category]


  • University of Aberdeen Awarded Principal’s Excellence fund (£500)
  • Investigating influences impacting curriculum reform decisions in UGME. ‘The Clinical Teacher' Travelling Fellowship Award 2015

Research Overview

Lorraine graduated with a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Aberdeen in November 2018. During her PhD Lorraine worked closely with and was supervised by Professor Jen Cleland (at that time: John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research. Director, Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation) and Professor Simon Kitto (Director of Research, Office of Continuing Professional Development, Department of Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa, Canada). Lorraine has a background in qualitative research. She is interested in the challenges and unintended consequences of change, particularly the lived experiences of people (clinical staff, academic staff, students and patients) when exposed to a significant change or intervention. She also has a keen interest in the influence and impact of the hidden curriculum on learning experiences and in clinical environments.


Research Specialisms

  • Medicine
  • Higher Education Teaching
  • Research and Study Skills in Education

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


Lorraine is currently a co-supervisor for a PhD student based in CHERI, IEMDS: study entitled, Improving Surgical Training Evaluation.

Funding and Grants

The Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC) Seed Fund



Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate medical education contributions to teaching:

  • MBChB foundations of clinical method teaching Years 1 - 3 of the curriculum (ME2510, ME3024, ME3025)
  • UK resuscitation council instructor: Basic Life Support and Immediate Life Support
  • ME33IE Introduction to Medical Education


Postgraduate medical education contributions to teaching:

 MSc Clinical Education programme:

  • Programme coordinator
  • Course coordinator:
    • ME5026: Planning and Design of Clinical Education
    • ME5503: Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Clinical Education
    • ME5506: Teaching and Learning with Simulation
    • ME5508: Clinical Learning and Personal development in Primary Care
    • ME5509: Self-directed Study carouse
    • ME5512: Teaching and Learning Professionalism in Clinical Education
    • ME5513: Fundamentals of Data Management and Analysis
    • ME5029: Research Project in Clinical Education

MSc Clinical Education programme Research project supervision

PhD Supervision


Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

'Mindful Movement with Qigong' - in collaboration with UoA Wellbeing team. Weekly online Qigong class for staff and students.


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