Dr David Evans is a Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division and Practice Placement Coordinator for Radiotherapy.

Affiliations (including memberships) to other organisations:  Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Society of Radiographers (SoR)


I graduated from the University of the West of England in 2012 with an honour’s degree in radiotherapy. During my undergraduate training I was able to work in a number of cancer centres across England and as an elective in Tanzania. I started my PhD in late 2012 at Cardiff University looking at the experiences of radiotherapy patients after their cancer treatment ends. I completed my PhD in 2018.

In 2012 I began working clinically as a band 5 radiographer in Cheltenham Oncology Centre, progressing to band 6 and team lead radiographer and imaging practitioner. In 2018 I moved to a band 7 post at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Since starting at QMU in 2020, I have focused on developing my teaching skills and supporting the research skills of our students. I am also the clinical placement coordinator for the radiotherapy programme. I particularly enjoy teaching qualitative research methods, ethics, and supervising final year dissertation students and postgraduate students (both at masters and doctoral level).

Research Overview:

My PhD thesis was titled ‘Survivorship experiences of working-age adults previously treated for oropharyngeal cancer. Moving towards a post-treatment self, its hidden impact and an absence of recognition: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.’

I like to focus on lived experience, and how that knowledge can help improve the cancer care service pathway.

Active research interests:

  • Cancer care
  • Radiotherapy
  • Identity
  • Survivorship
  • Oropharyngeal cancer.


Research Methods:

Qualitative methods with a particular focus on interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), interviews.

Nominated for a QMU STaR award in teaching excellence in 2020.