Staff Profiles


Dr Tracey Wornast

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities & Educational Studies

Campus: Medway

Tel: 01227 924418

Profile summary

I have worked at Canterbury Christchurch University for approximately 14 years now within the Faculty of Education and more recently the new Faculty of Arts Humanities and Education. Previously I worked in the faculty of health and social care as a lecturer practitioner combining  my role as a Public Health Specialist and Senior Lecturer role. I have also worked as a midwife and nurse working i the community across Kent in different roles within health promotion and public health. 

 My role within CCCU is as a programme director for the BSc Human Development Mind, Body Spirit programmes and as a senior lecturer across other programmes within the School. My roles are therefore those associated with that role and are comparable to other HE institutes. As a programme director my responsibilities include the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of effective programmes of education including the development of learning and HE experiences to support student learning.  Professional and academic development of students, staff, other colleagues and myself are also part of the role as is managing strategic elements of the programme and wihtin a wiser directorate team. I am proud to work within a School that has a multiprofessional team including staff from educational and teaching roles, health care staff, policing, the charity sector, health promotion, psychology, research and specail educationsl aneeds specialists who influence and shape our students expereinces. I alos undertake external examiner duties to ensure the quality of student experiences not only wihtin my own institute buit that of those I work with within that role.

Research and knowledge exchange

As a researcher I work alongside other organisations and colleagues across the university. I have worked with health organisations, charities and National and international organisations including NGO's and heritage based organisations and natinal and coomunitiy based Museums and sites. I also wokr predominatently around wellbeing- whether that be staff students or the general public and children and families. My area of expertise is also animal and human interaction and intervention and therapy usiong animals. I ahve also wokred alongisde the student union services and clergy teams to establish a Wellbeing Dog servcie in the university and am keen to expand this research and my expertise in this area.  I look forward to several projects in this area in the coming months and am happy to share my expertise with colleagues and at conferences within articles and in the development of policy.

Previously  I have worked with pertners including English Heritage and Poweel Cotton Museum and students from within the school to rsearch how heritage sites and musems may increasingly enagage with under fives and their families wihtin tow seperate community research projects.

I also work with local authorities and services to shape policies and thresholds for referral around children's health and Child protection.

Recently I have established a wellbeing og servcie in partnership with stduent unions, servcies and the clergy teams within CCCU and want to exapnd the research in this area around human and dog interactions wellbeign via pets as therapy and walkign for wellbeing. I am wokring on these projects currently and want to specialise in these areas given the lack of research in such a valuable and important arena given wider mental health issues across our populations. I also continue to wokr with families and children ina public health capacity so contineu tor esearch this area too. 

Teaching and subject expertise

My teaching expertise includes health promotion, public health, child devlopment and learning, sustainability in health, wellbeing, healht inequalities, human development, child safeguarding and protection, research mnethods and processes.

Areas of expertise and interest iclude pedagogy and social pedagogy including andragogy and different expertise and learning and development that might support life long learning. Aswell as professionalism and professionality including clinical supervision, peer assessment, reflection and critical pedagogy for excellence.  

My professioanl heritage includes being a Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife and Registered Public Health Specialist are alternate areas of research and interest as above.  

I have also been and am, a member of the Higher Education Academy as a Fellowship membership since 2010 onwards and am an active researcher.

External activities

Within my role as a external examiner I have worked alongside several different HE organisations and currently work with other universities at both undergraduate and masters level. 

Iam also a secondary school foundation governor and work with the school including areas such as student progress, pupil premium and safeguarding children as well as within a wider role within the school around educational special needs and student wellbeing.

I also wokr within schools as a pets as therapy volunteer.

Publications and research outputs


Various articles around student wellbeing anilmal and huiman interactions and student wellbeing and dog interactions


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