Dr. Karen Rouse

Dr. Karen Rouse

Principal Lecturer, Postgraduate Programmes

School of Dentistry

Harrington Building, HA137

+44 (0) 1772 89 5912


Subject Areas: Professionalism, Dental Public Health

Karen’s role is to support the Head of School in the strategic and operational management of the Dental Postgraduate Programmes, and development of School policies. Her work within the School includes:-

  • Research Degrees Tutor
  • Ethics Lead
  • Information Governance Lead
  • Postgraduate Academic Team Lead
  • Member of Dental Education Research Group
  • Chair, Postgraduate Course Management Committee

Karen is a Member of Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee (REC) – NW Preston.

Full Profile

Karen has experience of teaching in both FE and HE, and of delivering training to NHS clinicians. She worked in the NHS for seven years and brings her experience in Clinical Audit and Information Governance into her teaching on clinical courses at UCLan.

Teaching:- Karen has experience in all aspects of quality assurance of the assessment process for professional courses, including working closely with external examiners and professional bodies, and has attended the International Advanced Assessment Course. She is fully committed to learning about what works in teaching, in particular the use of technologies both in the classroom and to facilitate online learning. A lively community of practice is developing within the School as colleagues work together to develop online modules for practising dentists. Karen is also keen to stand alongside others in their teaching journeys and is a mentor and reviewer for colleagues applying for professional recognition from the Higher Education Academy.

Research:- Within the School of Dentistry, Karen has worked collaboratively with staff in both undergraduate and postgraduate areas, encouraging those who have not previously been research active to become participant researchers in an action research project to look at the effectiveness of flipping the classroom. She has presented posters and given talks about education research and online learning at the UCLan CELT and the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) conferences.

Ethics:- As well as being involved in her own research projects, Karen chairs the UCLan STEMH e-ethics review panel. She is keen to provide as much support as possible for research applicants, whilst ensuring that high ethical standards are maintained.


  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy by professional dialogue, 2018
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy by professional dialogue, 2014
  • Master of Public Health, University of Manchester, 2012
  • PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education), UCLan, 2001
  • PhD Biochemistry, University of Leicester, 1985
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Sheffield, 1981


Cook N, Rouse K, Kelly A, Cookson G. Online Learning in Dentistry, presentation given at the UCLan CELT conference and UCLan Digital Strategy Launch, July 2019

Cook N, Rouse K, Kelly A, Tagiyeva-Milne N. Ignite presentations on Developing Online Learning, presented at the UCLan CELT conference June 2018

Rouse K, Buller V, Cook N, Duerden S, Gilbert M, Kanagasingam S, Kuroski J, Kelly A, Littlemore B, Magee A, Page S, Tagiyeva-Milne N, Shah N, Stewardson D, Taylor L, Welbury R. Using flipped learning in Dentistry – a cross-school action research project to empower staff and students to maximise learning opportunities. Poster presented at the UCLan CELT conference June 2018

Rouse K, Buller V, Groves S, Magee A, Tagiyeva-Milne N. Do the entry qualifications and skills of successful applicants to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree course predict performance during the degree? Poster and oral presentation at the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, August 2017

Rouse K, Kelly A, Kuroski J, Magee A, Tagiyeva-Milne N, Stewardson D, Welbury R. Do the dental primary care settings at UCLan meet student training needs? Poster presented at the UCLan CELT conference June 2017

Rouse K, Mumberson P, Wilcox J. Engaging clinicians in a directorate-wide audit of record keeping, in order to provide evidence of attainment of national standards 2008-2009. Poster presented at the Clinical Audit and Improvement Conference 2010

Campbell B, Rouse K, Betts S, Gardner J. An audit of outcomes for chronic kidney disease in GP practices across North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust 2007-2008. Abstract accepted for oral presentation by Gardner J and Campbell B at the Clinical Audit and Improvement Conference 2009 


Kuroski, Jennifer , Rouse, Karen Ann , Cook, Neil , Magee, Angela Patricia and Welbury, Richard (2019) In real life: evaluating primary care based undergraduate dental education in Northwest England. British Dental Journal, 226 . pp. 605-610. ISSN 0007-0610


  • Flipped Learning Action Research Project – how effective is flipped learning for students and staff?
  • BDS Admissions – do A level grades influence performance throughout undergraduate dental training?
  • Dental Education Centres – looking at the impact of the unique UCLan model on the students and staff 

Teaching activities

  • Areas of teaching – Research Methods, Research Ethics, Systematic Review, Clinical Audit
  • Dissertation Module Lead – MSc courses, BSc Dental Studies and BSc Dental Therapy
  • Vice-Chair, NW Preston Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee (REC)

Research Activities

  • Member of dental education research steering group and principal investigator for three dental education research projects