From Pupil to Professor - Inaugural Lecture

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Posted on 29 April 2013

Professor Patricia Black, Keele School of Pharmacy, will give the latest lecture in Keele University's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, in the Westminster Theatre, on the University campus. The title of the lecture is "From Pupil to Professor - Reflections on a Journey in Pharmacy Education and Professional Development".

Professor Black said: "My talk will be contextualised within ‘Pat’s story’ and the influences and personal experiences that have shaped my approach to the design of postgraduate education to meet the continuing professional development needs of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Part of this story is my research into the use of structured learning portfolios and the conceptual model of reflective learning for professional practice development that emerged from it. I will also share an overview of some of the collaborative research projects that are representative of my work as an academic whose journey to a professorial Chair has followed the ‘road less travelled’ of teaching and academic leadership."  

Patricia Black is Professor of Pharmacy Professional Development and Education and the strategic lead for postgraduate taught courses in the School of Pharmacy. She started her career at Keele in 1984 when she joined the multidisciplinary group of academics, practitioners and researchers that formed the Department of Medicines Management. Pat has a record of leadership and innovation for her work that has been acknowledged beyond Keele, and she was a recipient of one of the prestigious National Teaching Fellowship awards in 2011. She demonstrates vision and leading - edge thinking in her practice, particularly in relation to open, distance and flexible learning that provides pharmacists and other health professionals with a multitude of options and flexible pathways to meet their personal learning and professional development goals. Her research into the use of structured reflective learning portfolios for advanced practice roles has received national and international recognition.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett. This lecture is free and open to all.