Dr Jane Culpan (PhD, SFHEA, MCSP, MPNZ) is a Senior Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

My current appointment at QMU is an innovative response to the requirements for workforce development and widening participation in Higher Education in Scotland. Health and Social Care Integration offers opportunities for innovation with new roles emerging from cross sector working. This is an opportunity to embed constructs of wellbeing and salutogenesis within a degree focused on the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for working with others to improve their health and wellbeing.

The BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing (PAWS) is based on current Governmental, NHS and Professional practice policy drivers, vision and expertise from across the university, and external partnerships. The alignment of the programme with the QMU and School of Health Sciences Vision of partnership working and community engagement is critical for success and sustainability. Degree programme content includes the theory and practice of promoting healthy behaviours such as increasing physical activity, and engaging in social enterprise and community development in different environments with a wide range of service users.

I currently undertake external examining roles for pre and post registration Physiotherapy programmes, and have experience in collaborative and franchised Physiotherapy programmes with international providers. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand (MPNZ)
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • The Society for Research in Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy Research Society (PRS)
  • The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • The Physiological Society

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter:@JaneCulpanQMU

My research interests focus on promoting physical activity and improving exercise prescription for patient populations. I am currently developing new projects evaluating impact of physical activity interventions. I am also interested in innovation in the education and development of health care professions.

Active Research Interests:

  • Physical Activity, Health Promotion, Public Health, Rehabilitation, Exercise, Teaching and learning


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Teaching and Learning Areas:

  • Physical activity, health and wellbeing
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • Professional development
  • Human physiology
  • Academic and research skills

Program Leader:

BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing


BSc (Hons) Physical activity health and wellbeing

Year One      

  • D1132 - Developmental Biology & Ageing
  • D1161 - Introduction to Physical Activity (Gym Instructor)
  • D1162 - Personal Trainer for Health and Wellbeing
  • D1156 - Cell Biology & Human Physiology
  • D1158 - IPE 1: Teams and Team Working
  • D1160 - Working with Others – Professional Communications

Year Two

  • D2154 - Communicating and Facilitating Change
  • D2158 - Determinants of Health
  • D2160 - Integrating Module 2 – Professional Practice in Health and Wellbeing
  • D2157 - Health and Society
  • D2146 - IPE 2; Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork
  • D2159 - Health Issues in the Community

Level Three - 2017/18

  • D3160 - Public Health Practice
  • D3179 - Health Promotion and Education
  • D3181 - Integrating Module 3 – Contemporary Practice in Health and Wellbeing
  • D3178 - IPE 3 – Interprofessional Working and Person Centred Care
  • D3180 - Health Entrepreneurship
  • D3182 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour Change
  • D3183 - Volunteering and Community Engagement Year 3

Level Four – 2018/19

  • B4096 - Sustainable Consumption
  • D4168 - Understanding Leadership
  • D4166 - Honours Project
  • D4167 - Volunteering and Community Engagement Year 4
  • D4169 - Integrating Module 4 – Employability in Health and Wellbeing

UG and M level Dissertation supervision

MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice Programme

  • PM089 - Behaviour Change for Health Professionals: Self and Others
  • PM090 - Health Promotion and Health Education for Allied Health Professions and Nursing
  • PM091 - Interventions in Health Promotion
  • PM093 - Mentoring in Professional Practice Development

MSc in Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing)

  • NM312 - Public Health Perspectives Across the Lifespan

Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy, UK. (2013)

PhD, University of East London (2005)

BSc, Physiology, University of Auckland, NZ (1991)

Diploma in Physiotherapy, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand (1987)