Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Penelope Delf

Dr Penelope Delf

Principal Lecturer in Higher Education

Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Academic Development
Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement
Unit 3, St Andrews Court
St Michael's Road
Portsmouth, PO1 2PR


Qualifying as a Diagnostic Radiographer from Westminster Hospital, London, Penny gained extensive experience in central and regional NHS centres specialising in trauma, paediatrics, nuclear medicine and neurology.

With MSc and Doctoral level qualifications, Penny is a senior academic with responsibility for promoting research interests within the School and since February 2015, has held a part-time Principal Lecturer post in the Academic Development section for the Department for Curriculum & Quality Enhancement.

She actively maintains links with the profession through involvement with various national committees/working parties:

  • Society and College of Radiographers Nuclear Medicine Advisory Committee
  • Association of Paediatric Radiographers committee
  • British Nuclear Medicine Society Radiographer, Technologist & Nurses group
  • Member of the working party reviewing the standards and criteria for Clinical Engineering and Physical Science Services (Nuclear Medicine)

In addition, she is an approved assessor for the Society and College of Radiographers, an external examiner for Birmingham City University and the University of Hertfordshire, and a peer reviewer for two professional journals.

Teaching Responsibilities

Includes contributions to a range of units and courses, including BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic/ Therapeutic Radiography; Speech & Language Therapy; BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics. She is also Pathway Lead for the Doctorate in Medical Imaging.

Research Interests

  • The development of ‘intelligent’ e-based resources to benefit healthcare practitioners working within nuclear medicine and related disciplines.
  • Scoping project in optimising hip imaging methods for diagnosing early onset arthritis in mid-life adults.


  • £34,500 Higher Education Innovation Funding bid. July 2014 to develop short courses in nuclear medicine – due for release May 2016.

Conference presentations and publications

  • Delf, P. (2015). Maximising student engagement: An evaluation of a dedicated paediatric imaging programme for student radiographers. Core paper. NET2015 26th International Networking Healthcare Education Conference, University of Cambridge. September 2015.
  • Delf, P. (2015). Adolescent Psychology – ‘What’s going on?’. Association of Paediatric Radiographers Study Day. London.
  • Delf, P. (2014). The transformational effect of eLearning to promote new skills amongst healthcare practitioners. 25th International Networking for Healthcare Education (NET) Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom. September 2014.
  • Jepson, J., Dewey, A., Delf, P. (2014). Lecturers’ experiences and perceptions of the transition from traditional face to face taught courses to an online (internet) environment utilising technology enhanced learning. Edulearn Conference, Barcelona, Spain. July 2014.
  • Delf, P. (2013). Developing expertise through an eLearning medium. Poster. Southern Institute for Health Informatics conference. September 2013. Portsmouth.
  • Delf, P. (2013). The feasibility and appeal of a solely e-based module to develop new skills & knowledge for non-medical healthcare practitioners. Invited poster presentation. British Nuclear Medicine Society conference, April 2013. Brighton.
  • Delf, P. (2012). Developing reporting expertise in Nuclear Medicine: Can a sole eLearning programme provide an effective medium? Poster. College of Radiographers Conference. Achieving Excellence in Radiography Education and Research. November 2012. Manchester.
  • Delf, P. (2012). Developing expertise for healthcare professionals: can eLearning resources provide an effective and sustainable medium? SHSSW Research Seminar series 2012, University of Portsmouth.
  • Delf, P. (2012). Dealing with vulnerable adults – safeguarding mechanisms. NHS South Central Statutory and Mandatory Training study day, University of Portsmouth.
  • Delf, P. (2011). ‘Feeding students’ – the importance of feedback. Curriculum Enhancement Forum seminar. October, 2012. University of Portsmouth.
  • Delf, P. (2011). The use of an eLearning module in helping non-medical healthcare practitioners to learn to report. British Nuclear Medicine Society conference. April 2011. Brighton.


  • See committee memberships

Postgraduate Research Supervision

List of current research students and projects supervised.

  • J. Jepson. Professional Doctorate in Nursing. Thesis title: Becoming an online course developer: experiences and perceptions of lecturers.
  • D. Williams. Professional Doctorate in Medical Imaging. Thesis title: Technical evaluation of pressure area relieving equipment in nuclear medicine imaging.
  • C. Ohuegbe. Professional Doctorate in Medical Imaging. Thesis title: The measurement of supraspinatus tendon strain ration with sonoelastography: an exploratory study. Achieved July 2015.

Achievement & Recognition

  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Health and Care Professions Council, (Radiographers Register)
  • Member of the Society and College of Radiographers
  • Member of British Institute of Radiology
  • Committee Member of the Nuclear Medicine Advisory Group, Society and College of Radiographers
  • Committee member of the British Nuclear Medicine Society Clinical Practitioners Group

Committee member of the Association of Paediatric Radiographers

  • Approved External Examiner and Assessor, Society and College of Radiographers
  • Associate Member of the British Nuclear Medicine Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications Link to other publications in PARADE

Other papers pre-date 2010.