Mr Bernhard Haas

Mr Bernhard Haas

Honorary Associate Professor

Faculty of Health



Bernhard is the Deputy Head of the School of Health Professions with specific responsibility for matters relating to learning and teaching.
Bernhard is also the lead physiotherapist for the University of Plymouth.


Bernhard Haas is a Chartered and Registered Physiotherapist. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1984 in West Berlin. He moved to the UK in 1984, working in hospitals and trusts in Oxford and Buckinghamshire. It was at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville where he developed his expertise in rehabilitation and patient management. He left full time work in the NHS in 1992 to take up his first teaching post at the University of Brighton. Bernhard joined Plymouth in 2003 in order to design the new physiotherapy programme and taking it to its initial approval and validation. He managed the programme on a day to day basis until his current appointment as Deputy Head of School.

Professional membership

Registered as a physiotherapist with the Health Profession Council (HPC)

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Bernhard represents physiotherapy at the University of Plymouth at a numbers of committies and professional bodies such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.



Teaching interests

Bernhard's clinical background is in the area of neurological physiotherapy and rehabilitation and therefore he is involved in modules related to this subject area. As an experienced academic and lecturer he has also developed a keen interest into how students learn and develop. It is therefore not surprising that he was keen to apply the principles of Problem Based Learning to the new physiotherapy programme at the university. Bernhard also represents the School of Health Professions on the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee.

Staff serving as external examiners

Bernhard has been an approved external examiner for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for a number of years and has examined physiotherapy programmes at a number of UK universities, such as Brunel, Huddersfield, Hertfordshire, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam.



Research interests

His research interests are in the area of neurological rehabilitation, specifically related to activity, exercise and function in condictions such as Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury. He is a previous receipient of a Wellfare Reserach grant from the Parkinson's Disease Society in 2000 to investigate cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular function in mild to moderate Parkinson's disease.

Grants & contracts

2001: Parkinson’s Disease Society - Welfare Research Grant: Cardiorespiratory and Cardiovascular function in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Personal research grant form the Parkinson’s Disease Society (£18600) 2007: HEFCE Research informed Teaching Project Grant (with Achilles, T, and Stenhouse, L.) 2007: University of Plymouth, CEPPL Fellowship award. Gunn, H., Hunter, H. and Haas, B. An exploration of Clinical Educators perceptions of physiotherapy students who are studying on a problem based learning (PBL) undergraduate programme; £6820 2009: VC’s Community Research Award 09/10: Freeman, J and Haas, B. Evaluating the South West Community Peer Support Officer Service for Newly Injured People with Spinal Cord Injury. £8200 2011: Physiotherapy Research Society: An investigation of the risk factors associated with falls in people with multiple sclerosis; Gunn, H., Freeman, J. Marsden, J, and Haas, B. £19915.