Debbie Whittaker

Debbie Whittaker

Associate Dean Academic (Assurance)


Debbie has been an Associate Dean Academic within the School of Nursing of Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science for the past two years.  Previously Debbie was the Associate Dean/Head Academic in the School of Health Sciences. She joined the University in 1998 as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy progressing to senior lecturer and then Director in 2005.

Research Interests

Debbie has been an academic lead for a 4 year Higher Education Academy supported Paul Hamblin Foundation funded research project focused on What Works: student retention and success change programme. This project ended in 2016 and is currently in the write-up stage.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered member of HCPC
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • PG Cert TLHE


Dr Sam Grogan; Debbie Whittaker (2016) Segmenting the student journey at the University of Salford: a student-centric action-orientated approach to enhancing transition, retention and attainment. Ready for Retention Conference on 5-6 July at University South Wales Conference Centre.

Whittaker D; Robinson L; McLoughlin M & Thacker E (2012) Should I stay or should I go: a mixed methods analysis of attrition and retention in a College of Health and Social Care Education in Changing Environment Conference, Salford UK.

McLoughlin, M & Thacker, E & Robinson, L & Whittaker, D & Jenkins, J & Kniveton, K & Langlands, J & Hinsley, J & Pine, C (2011), Using student induction data with final student qualitative data to manage experience and expectations for realistic engagement in higher education, Education in a Changing Environment Conference , Salford, UK.

Cross, S & Tallis, R & Gardener, E & Wenman, R & Bowen, A & Whittaker, D (2008), Use of a randomised single case experimental design to evaluate therapy for unilateral neglect , Neuropsychological Rehabilitation , 13, pp.441-449.

Whittaker, D (2003), Prevention of student failure: strategies for change. Inaugural Learning and Teaching Research Conference, Salford, UK.