Kath Donohue

Academic profile

Mrs Kath Donohue

Associate Head of School (Student Experience and Inclusivity)
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Kath's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Kath

Associate Head of School for Student Experience and Inclusivity, Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme and lecturer in Physiotherapy. I have collaborated in the successful re-validation of the BSc programme and the successful development and approval of the Integrated Masters programme (MPhysio (Hons) Physiotherapy). I lead on the student experience agenda to ensure that all of our students have an enjoyable, inclusive and successful time at our University. I have been responsible for day to day running and delivery of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme, through programme leadership, module leadership and staff development. I therefore ensure that the delivery is undertaken in accordance with the professional requirements of our regulatory body, the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and our professional body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), alongside the quality assurance and regulatory requirements of the University of Plymouth (UoP).I work alongside a dedicated and highly professional teaching team, to provide excellent, research informed teaching. We utilize both academic and practical assessments, as well as constructive feedback throughout their academic life, to help our students develop into high quality, autonomous, reflective and resilient graduates as they move into the clinical world.
Additional responsibilities lie within the post-graduate (PG) offer of the UoP. I teach, supervise and assess across a number of PG modules.
I also offer pastoral support to students across both UG and PG programmes.

Supervised Research Degrees

  • The impact of thoracic kyphosis on lung function in patients with Parkinson's Disease
  • Exercise prescription and the transition process in UK Cystic Fibrosis services
  • A systematic review to evaluate the impact of Hippotherapy in children with cerebral palsy


Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy
Module teacher and module leader on a number of cardio-respiratory modules, both undergraduate and post-graduate. My special interests lie within Cystic Fibrosis and long-term respiratory conditions.
I supervise student research projects at both UG and PG levels.

Contact Kath

InterCity Place, Plymouth Railway Station, North Road East,, Plymouth, PL4 6AB
+44 1752 588818