Tania Wiseman

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20042018
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Scholarly biography

Tania Wiseman is a senior Lecturer and Course leader for the Two year accelerated MSc/PgDip Occupational Therapy (pre-registration). Tania qualified as an occupational therapist in 1996 at the University of Brighton, after successfully completing a degree in biological sciences at the University of Sussex. Her work in the fields of physical and mental health with adults of all ages was complemented by a Masters degree in occupational therapy in 1999.

She is course leader for the accelerated MSc/PgDip Occupational Therapy (pre-registration), enjoys her role as a problem-based learning tutor, and teacher of therapeutic use of gardening. Tania leads an intensive modules focused on developing advanced client-centered treatment planning. Tania teaches the gardening skills option undertaken by course participants, and facilitates a small community gardening group on the university site. She has also created a community volunteering opportunity in partnership with Active Student.

Research interests are focused on the occupation of gardening, and leisure in later life. Tania leads a leisure in later life research group, with several Masters students presenting at national conferences and some peer reviewed publications. She is currently studying for a PhD exploring leisure in 21st century later life. In addition to this she is active in the health sciences sustainability specialist interest group.

Approach to teaching

Tania is intensely engaged in the development of learning, asking questions that encourage enquiring minds. Always challenging, always with humour, she really cares about how understanding develops. She has a passion for assessments that teach rather than test, and is therefore extremely lucky that she mainly teach on a course underpinned by evidence based learning theory, that fully practices Problem Based Learning, with high quality interactive small group tutorials at the core of teaching, working on real life problems together, and learning as part of a team.

Tania also uses blended learning approaches to support this ‘in the room’ time, both within tutorials, and in support of tutorials e.g. ‘You-Tube’ videos to facilitate discussion, sharing theoretical knowledge via ‘subject expert’ sessions and Camtasia presentations and guiding reading with digital reading lists. Through a Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grant, awarded to the Occupational Therapy team, digital learning resources have been developed to stimulate emotional engagement in learning.  She believes that compassion and love of learning are essential for a rewarding career, and aim to create space for these attributes to develop.

Research interests

The world of therapy where we meet only the ‘frail and vulnerable’ can have a devastating effect on how later life is viewed, and the consequences of this for learners about later life can be tragic. The aspirations for those people whose lives are temporarily interrupted by illness or disability are very low if based in a view of later life as a time of disability, poverty and loneliness. This view is helpful to society, it encourages people to care for each other, and save for a rainy day. However new ageing populations are emerging in the UK, and all over the world, people are surviving into later life in greater numbers than ever before and many of those people are healthy, which is a new phenomenon.

Tania’s research considers theory and research from subjects that often consider later life to be problematic, but reads them from a more optimistic perspective. Leisure research and theory, occupational science, gerontology, sociology, public health, epidemiology, and UK office for National Statistics reports all contribute to creating a new perspective on later life. As we all tiptoe towards later life it is time to start looking for another story, one of hope and fun and occupational fulfilment.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

PhD, University of Brighton

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Research Output 2004 2018

exclusion
participation
cultural event
narrative
work environment

Blowing the lid off cultural exclusion: Possibilities of the Mass Observation Project

Wiseman, T., Church, A. & Ravenscroft, N. 27 Mar 2018 p. 1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

exclusion
cultural event
narrative
work environment
inclusion

Leisure in 21st century later life

Wiseman, T., Ravenscroft, N. & Church, A. 19 Jul 2018 p. 1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
everyday life
narrative
leisure research
gerontology
epidemiology

Leisure in 21st century later life: Working with the Mass Observation Project

Wiseman, T., Church, A. & Ravenscroft, N. 11 Jul 2017 p. 1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

working life
everyday life
leisure research
gerontology
epidemiology

Leisure in 21st century later life: Early findings

Wiseman, T., Ravenscroft, N. & Church, A. 5 Jul 2017 p. 1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

everyday life
narrative
leisure research
gerontology
epidemiology

Activities 1994 2018

  • 3 Conference
  • 3 Membership of professional body

Sustainability Symposium

Wiseman, T. (Organiser), Mills, J. (Organiser), Baid, H. (Organiser), Taylor, A. (Organiser)
27 Apr 2018

Activity: Conference

Sustainability symposium 2016

Wiseman, T. (Organiser), Mills, J. (Organiser), Baid, H. (Organiser), Taylor, A. (Organiser)
22 Jun 2016

Activity: Conference

Sustainability symposium 2015

Wiseman, T. (Organiser), Mills, J. (Organiser), Baid, H. (Organiser), Taylor, A. (Organiser)
15 Jun 2015

Activity: Conference

Health and Care Professions Council, London, UK (External organisation)

Wiseman, T. (Member)
1 Jan 2003

Activity: Membership of professional body

Higher Education Academy, UK (External organisation)

Wiseman, T. (Fellow)
1 Feb 2002

Activity: Membership of professional body