Postgraduate Programme Leader, Lecturer


Tel: 0131 474 0000

Mr. Simon Holmes (BSc Hons) is a Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

I have worked as a diagnostic radiographer since qualifying from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998. My first professional posts were at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where I focused on conventional radiography. I decided to change my career direction towards cross sectional imaging and therefore moved to Alliance Medical in 2002. It was in this post that I gained my initial grounding in MRI and CT.

I then decided to take a career break and travelled the world for 2 years. During this time I worked in Australia as a radiographer to keep my hand in and fund my trip.

On returning to the UK I began working for the BUPA Hospital in Bristol as an MRI radiographer. During this time I did further postgraduate study in MRI at Sheffield Hallam University and gained a promotion to the MRI Manager. I then became involved in the procurement of the new MRI and CT scanners, the installation of PACS and IEP and the setting up of the new SPIRE Specialist Care Centre. At this point I was promoted to imaging manager.

I moved to QMU in 2014 where my undergraduate teaching has focused on cross sectional anatomy, MRI and CT. I have been involved in the development of a number of postgraduate modules for both the diagnostic radiography and radiotherapy programmes as well as postgraduate pre-registration modules. I have been particularly interested in the development of CT and MRI postgraduate programmes with a particular emphasis on CT and MRI radiographer reporting. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • HCPC and SCoR

I was involved in research whilst being a full time practicing radiographer in Bristol. I had links with Bristol University and developed protocols for the scanning of cadaver knees in order to develop new surgical techniques.

Whilst working at QMU I have been involved in a DNBS PhD research project citing cannulae for the taking of blood samples. This has allowed me to develop research links across the division.

I have completed a postgraduate module looking at different research methods which has allowed me to focus on education as well as clinical radiography.

Active Research Interests:

  • Educational Research with a focus on the student experience and communication skills

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Focus Groups

My main interests are cross sectional anatomy, CT and MRI. I teach this at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am passionate about pushing the radiography profession forward and have therefore developed new CT and MRI postgraduate programmes with a focus on radiographer reporting. I have also developed a Collage of Radiographers accredited venepuncture and cannulation module for radiographers

I teach the professional modules on the postgraduate pre-registration diagnostic radiography programme. I incorporate small group activities for this programme as well as formative assessment into my teaching. I also teach communicating skills by means of a video simulations and debriefing.