Research at Leeds Beckett
About Miranda Thew
Miranda is a Senior Lecturer and Practice Placement tutor on the MSc and BSc Occupational Therapy (pre-reg) Programmes at Leeds Beckett.
Miranda was Course Leader for the MSc Occupational therapy (pre-reg) programme at Leeds Beckett University for over 5 years. She devised a model for Role Emerging Placements the first in England for a full cohort of students, and is lead editor of an international book on role emerging practice.
Her research is concerning the impact of Role Emerging Placements on student learning and future practice. She is also lead editor on a book concerning lifestyle management. She has established programmes of wellbeing within external organisations that employ office based workers. Miranda also regularly contributes to the university staff development/ well-being programmes on lifestyle, in particular sleep, fatigue and stress management. She regularly presents at local, National and international conferences and has facilitated workshops for occupational therapists particularly in scoping new fields for occupational therapy practice as well as developing new approaches for practice based education for students.
She was awarded a Merit Award in 2016 from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession. She was recently a member of the Learning and Development Board at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists until her tenure ended in summer of 2019.
Current TeachingMSc Occupational Therapy (pre-reg)- contributes to all modules; in particular those in Practice Placement, Research in Occupational Therapy, and Emerging Occupational Therapy. She will also be contributing to and leading on a variety of modules in the BSc Occupational Therapy, which commences in September 2020.
Research InterestsBuilding on over a decade of various publications, Mirandas' current research concerns enhancing students skills and knowledge developed in practice placement to enhance future practice and employability.
Her other interest is in scoping new avenues for potential occupational therapy practice and developing skills in effective interventions along with entrepreneurship to ensure that professional skills match health and social care markets and service user needs.