Senior Lecturer and Academic Link for the SMAE Institute


Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Mairghread Ellis (BSc, MSc, DPod, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

I have a long term background in Podiatry, both clinical practice and education. I entered teaching within the NHS Edinburgh School of Chiropody (podiatry) immediately after qualifying, and studied at Jordanhill College of Education, gaining a Certificate in Teaching (FE) in 1977. My clinical practice has been within the NHS and a 20 year spell running my own private clinic and domiciliary practice.

I support students’ learning at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level, both in podiatry, and the wider arena of health and social care provision.

I teach Research Methods across the postgraduate programmes, and have a strong interest in qualitative research approaches.

I am passionate about supporting students who undertake work-based learning to develop their personal/professional practice, and supervise in this area at masters and doctoral level. Supervision of postgraduate research in the area of podiatry is an important aspect of my role, as the profession continues to develop a robust knowledge and evidence base for effective practice.

I hold a special interest in distance e learning and teach several modules in this way.

I am the Podiatry lead for the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Science, a work based doctoral programme for those practitioners who wish to develop their professional role, and undertake practice based research through doctoral level study.

Currently I am Academic Link Person for the Smae Institute, an Independent Higher Education Provider, which is a collaborative partner of QMU.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • HCPC registered Podiatrist
  • Member, College of Podiatry
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

My Professional Doctorate thesis explored the nature of the patient-podiatrist relationship, with special focus on a consideration of professionalism within the context of clinical practice.

My interest in professionalism has informed honours level student projects around the transition from student to registered practitioner. I supervise student research at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and have a special interest in supervising professional doctorate students.

I was actively involved in the development and delivery of the 2012 report ‘Professionalism in Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions in Scotland – a report to the Coordinating Council for the NMAHP contribution to the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland’.

Active Research Interests:

  • the notion and concept of professionalism
  • work based advancement and development of practice

Research Methods:

  • qualitative research, phenomenology, self as instrument, reflexivity

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Project 348 Licensing of POM module (Smae Institute)


Other Funding:

Project 364 Diploma in Foot Health (Smae Institute)

Project 841 HE diploma Podiatry Assistant programme (Smae Institute)

I support learning at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.

On the BSc Hons Podiatry, I teach and support learning in the areas of Professional Studies, IPE, research, clinical audit, reflective practice and literature appraisal.

At postgraduate level, I work in the areas of research methodology and research supervision, and at doctoral level I lead the module in theorizing and contextualizing professional practice and its advancement, and also support and supervise doctoral level research.