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MSc in Translational Health Sciences

Teresa is module leader for the Patients, Citizens & the Politics of Evidence module.

Find out more about the MSc in Translational Health Sciences

Teresa Finlay

RN, BSc(Hons), MSc, PGDipHPEd, PhD


Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Qualitative Researcher
  • Registered Nurse

I am a qualitative researcher in the IRIHS team. Currently I am researching public and patient involvement and engagement (PPIE) in the Oxford BRCs and the PARADIGM project (Patients Active in Research and Dialogues for an Improved Generation of Medicines). This EU-wide Innovative Medicines Initiative project seeks to facilitate sustainable patient involvement across the cycle of medicines development in the EU.

My role is informed by my interest in applying perspectives from science and technology studies in sociology to public and professional interests in health sciences and research. PPIE has become a requirement of research approval, but variable implementation and limited evidence for its benefits suggest conflicting interpretations and realisation of PPIE. I am interested in how different social constructions of PPIE affect its enactment and outcomes.

My doctoral research in Cardiff considered professional and user influences on the construction of commercial genomics in the UK’s context of the NHS healthcare provision. More recently I worked on The Waiting Room, a project to involve and engage the public in biobanking governance using digital medial in clinical waiting rooms.

Previously I have enjoyed a varied clinical and teaching career including extensive experience of cancer and critical care nursing, leading nursing practice development and lecturing postgraduate health care students.

Teaching and Supervision

I have extensive experience of curriculum development and teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. I teach on a number of postgraduate modules in the Department.

Qualitative Research Methods; MSc Evidence Based Health Care

Knowledge into Action; MSc Evidence Based Health Care

Patients, Citizens and the Politics of Evidence; MSc Translational Health Sciences.

I supervise and examine doctoral students undertaking qualitative research in health care settings at Oxford and at Oxford Brookes Universites. I also lecture students on the Professional Doctorate in Nursing at Oxford Brookes University.