Debbie Whittaker

Debbie Whittaker

Associate Dean Academic (Assurance)


I have been the Associate Dean Academic within the School of NMSWSS for the past 2 years. Previously I was the Associate Dean/Head Academic in the School of Health Sciences. I joined the University in 1998 as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy progressing to senior lecturer and then Director in 2005.

Research Interests

I have 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.