Professor Denise Prescott M.B.A., M.A., B.A., P.G.C.E (HE), M.C.S.P., SFHEA

Dean of School of Health Sciences School of Health Sciences


Personal Statement

Denise qualified as a physiotherapist in 1983 and until 2001 was a clinical manager in the National Health Service responsible for the operational management and continuing professional development of physiotherapists and occupational therapists. During this time she attained a Masters of Arts degree in Industrial Relations and a Masters in Business Administration degree, both of which facilitated greater understanding of the professional role within the health care arena.

Denise commenced employment with The University of Liverpool in 2001 and has had various cross faculty roles over the last twenty years. Denise commenced her current role as Dean of the School of Health Sciences in January 2020. The School provides healthcare education and training to people at all stages of their careers in diagnostic radiography, nursing, occupational therapy, orthoptics, physiotherapy, and therapeutic radiography and oncology. SHS staffing comprises of 93 (80.3 fte) academic staff and 27 (26 fte) PSS staff – in total 120 staff. Currently, the School has over 1100 undergraduates registered on its programmes and approximately 350 postgraduates. Denise has oversight of all SHS programmes, which are subject to PSRB accreditation and annual review.

A physiotherapist by base profession, Denise has extensive experience of working in both clinical practice and in higher education, and is a member of numerous professional body committees and steering groups. Her scholarly interests lie in the use of digital innovation and education for clinical practitioners, high-fidelity clinical simulation, and advanced clinical practice development.

Prizes or Honours

  • Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) (Advance HE, 2021)
  • University of Liverpool Staff Award (University of Liverpool, 2020)
  • Royal Liverpool Badge (Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, 2019)