Professor Jackie Waterfield is the Head of the Division for Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography. 

Jackie trained as a physiotherapist at Sheffield City Polytechnic before working in Rheumatology and Immunology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, during which time she obtained an MSc in Behavioural Biology at Surrey University. She then moved to the School of Health Sciences at Coventry University. In 1998, she joined Keele University to develop and lead a modular postgraduate framework within the Faculty of Health. Jackie has experience in teaching behavioural sciences and research methods across postgraduate programmes in health and social science, and she has taught and supervised on professional doctorates and in education and health as well as supervising PhDs. She serves as external examiner for taught programmes and research degrees at a number of other universities. Nationally, she was chair of the Physiotherapy Research Society. Her own EdD thesis examined continuing professional development of physiotherapists in the context of NHS policy, and for this work she was awarded the Jo Campling Memorial Prize by the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2014 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

Jackie is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, has been a member of its Council and Chair of its Education Committee, and is currently on its Professional Practice Committee and shortlife working groups for apprenticeships. Recently, she chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Education Conference of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She has worked extensively with other HEIs in the UK and overseas, both directly and through engagement with the CSP and the HCPC. By virtue of her recognised expertise in education, Jackie has served as an independent reviewer for the validation of both qualifying and postgraduate programmes, and has been invited to conduct reviews, problem-solve, and mediate in challenging and complex cases at other HEIs. Jackie joined QMU as Professor in Education and Head of Division in 2017.


Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 

Member of the Health and Care Professions Council

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Jackie’s principal research interests lie in the area of professional education, and in practitioners’ experiences and attitudes relating to lifelong learning. She has also conducted research in pain, initially in musculoskeletal conditions, and more recently in two NIHR-funded studies of pain in pregnancy and obstetrics. As well as publications from empirical research projects, she has written papers and chapters on qualitative research methods.


Active research interests:

Professional education; lifelong learning; qualitative methodology


Research Methods:

Qualitative methods; interviews; focus groups; mixed methods.

  • National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
  • Jo Campling Memorial Prize by the Academy of Social Sciences.