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 Julie Mills

Julie Mills

Workplace operational Lead Level 6 and 7 Degree apprentice /Senior Academic Leader/Lecturer - Medical Imaging


 +44 (0) 1392 724817

 South Cloisters 1.46


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

 Office hours:

Full time 


Current role - Workplace operational Lead Level 6 and 7 Degree apprentice /Senior Academic Leader/Lecturer - Medical Imaging 

Previous roles:

Advancing practice lead NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly - Seconded 0.5FTE as the cross sytsem lead for all HEE scoping and funding for Advanced practice across all organisations/allied health professions and nursing in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Set up a system wide community of practice and a Twitter page and also ran the NHS Futures platform site that housed resources and advice and key links. Organised the first AP conference in Cornwall

Director of quality role Led on the internal QA for the medical school, including TEAP (Teaching Excellence Action Plans), TEM (Teaching Excellence Monitoring) meetings, and also on external QA reviews such as  TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) submissions and NSS (National Student Survey) action planning.

I also led on PSRB (Professional and Statutory Regulatory Bodies) monitoring and returns; to include MSAR (Medical Schools Annual Return) HCPC (Health Care and Professions Council) annual audits, SCoR (Society and College of Radiographers) reapproval. Involved in the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) accreditation and I contributed to the Medical school GMC (General Medical Council) accreditation of the BMBS (medicine) programme. 

Senior Lecturer for Medical imaging 

I taught a third-year module called Professional skills for Radiographers for 13 years. I also lead on all employability events and liaise with clinical partners and I am currently Co lead or Module lead acoss all the work place modules for the Medical Imaging Diagnostic Radiography Degree apprenticeships at level 6 and 7. 

Qualified HCPC Diagnostic radiographer worked in both the NHS and the private sector for 18 years. 


  • BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography
  • MSc Leadership and Management in health and social care
  • PCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Mental health first aid trained
  • Currently studying for an Educational Doctorate 


Qualified as a Radiographer in 2001 spent 6 years as radiographer working in NHS Trusts in Warrington, Northampton then Durham, specialising in cardiacs  

Joined Exeter University in 2007 as a lecturer- practitioner, became a teaching fellow, Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, I was Deputy Director for Medical Imaging in 2010 - 2016 and then was Director of quality for the College of Medicine and Health from 2016 until August 2022 

Undertook a 0.5FTE secondment with the NHS as the advanced practice lead for Cornwall and IoS from August 2022 - August 2023

Currently back fulltime at the uiversity as the Senior Academic leader/Degree apprenticeship level 6 and level 7 workplace lead/IPL lead for the Medical Imaging programmes 


Research interests

I am a part time EdD (generic) student

Completed assessments:

Emotional intelligence and stress in healthcare students

Degree apprenticeships: The right fit for life-long learning and advancement of the profession of radiography? 

Quality, teaching excellence and regulation of healthcare programmes in the UK: a critical perspective

Professionalism in diagnostic radiography and the impact of the Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in diagnostic radiography on the advancement of the profession.

I have also passed my research proposal called:

An exploratory phenomenological study of the experiences of diagnostic radiography students and their ability to raise concerns about patient care 

Pre thesis phase essay on research networking 


I have submitted ethics for the thesis phase of the EdD  


Research projects

I will be working on the thesis phase of my EdD from July 2020 - July 2023


An exploratory phenomenological study of the experiences of diagnostic radiography students and their ability to raise concerns about patient care using the interpretevist paradigm

focus groups for data collection and

Interpretative phenomenological analysis will be used for analysis of data  

Research networks

I am the student rep for the EdD  and so sit on the PGR Executive, SSIS SSLC and liaise with Dr Phil Durrant as to student feedback on the programme  

CRPL research network 


Journal articles

Green D, Heales CJ, Hughes D, Marsden A, Mills JA (2022). Exploring current undergraduate student perspectives on the introduction of the degree apprenticeship scheme in diagnostic radiography – a single institution study. Radiography, 28(4), 1058-1063.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

  • AAB (Approval and Accreditation Board) assessor
  • ISAS/QSI (Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme/Quality Standards in Imaging) assessor



Teaching responsibilities: (Undergraduate, Postgraduate)

UG BSc Degree apprenticeship 

RAD3002DA Professional skills for Radiographers level 6 

RADM102DA Professional skills level 7 

PGT MSc Advance practice –

PAM 109 Advanced practice leadership, professionalism and safety culture

MSc Clin Ed – Guest lecturer  



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