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 Susanne Smith

Susanne Smith


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Susanne is a Lecturer at the University of Exeter College of Medicine & Health who has an education-focused role.  She has sixteen years’ experience teaching at postgraduate level in healthcare and has a particular interest in leadership in healthcare systems and equipping students to manage the complexities of clinical systems to improve safety, outcomes and staff well-being.

As well as working in higher education, Susanne has had a variety of roles in both industry and the NHS.

Susanne is a member of the faculty team for the MSc in Healthcare Leadership & Management and the Senior Leader Healthcare Degree Apprenticeship programme.  She is an academic mentor for some of our degree apprentices and is motivated by the potential for education to transform students’ careers and their workplaces.


PhD The evolution of the Tn21 subgroup of bacterial transposons (Faculty of Medicine, University of Bristol)

BSc (Hons) Microbiology (University of Edinburgh)

PG Certificate in Clinical Education (University of Plymouth)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019)


Research interests

Susanne has supervised 15 MSc dissertation students in the past whose diverse research interests included the use of appreciative inquiry in transformational leadership; understanding cultural barriers around incident reporting; and the use of Functional Resonance Analysis Methodology (FRAM) to improve theatre processes.

External Engagement and Impact


External Examiner for the PG Certificate Healthcare Improvement and the MSc Healthcare Management programme in the University of Bristol Medical School (from 2021).

Nominated for the 2018 HSJ Award “Creating a supportive staff culture” as part of the South West Academic Health Science Network, with frontline teams from across the South West region, “Improving Safety Culture - a whole system approach in South West England”.


Teaching responsibilities: (Postgraduate)

Module Lead for HPDM116DA “Strategy & Systems Leadership”

Module Convener for HPDM115DA “Healthcare Finance & Ethics”

Supervision / Group

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