Previous to joining Keele in 2009, Tracey worked for 20 years in community and hospital pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. She then gained a BA (Hons) in Business and ICT Education with Qualified Teacher Status and taught in schools and Colleges before taking up a role as Pharmacy Practice Technician in the School of Pharmacy and Bio-engineering. In 2013, Tracey became a Teaching Fellow for Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice and was a module leader for the Health Foundation Year Information Technology for Healthcare module. Finally, in 2018, Tracey joined the Foundation Year Centre as Head of Foundation Year (Health) and Senior Tutor for Foundation Year and is an elected Executive Committee member of the Foundation Year Network and a Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy.  

Research and scholarship

Tracey has an MA in Professional Studies in Education and MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Dissertations included 'Does knowing about learning styles help students in the transition to Higher Education from A-Level education?' and 'Is there a best way to teach communication skills to healthcare students?'.

Tracey has successfully gained funding to develop a learning tool for students to practice their prescription checking skills ( and she has presented at a number of conferences on the use of PebblePad for reflective portfolio writing and is featured in a case study in the JISC guide 'How to enhance student learning, progression and employability with e-portfolios' (  


Module Lead and Teaching Fellow for FYO-00181 Academic and Professional Development
Module Lead and Teaching Fellow for FYO-00047 First Steps in Counselling Skills for Health Professionals
Programme Lead for Health Foundation Year


Coppins, T (2015) Teaching and Learning reflection from the perspective of a programme technician on the MPharm course within the School of Pharmacy at Keele University.  Journal of Academic Development and Education Issue 3, pg 35 - 53.