Dr Diane RobertsPhD


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  • Research Associate and Trial Manager for PACT Feasibility Study (Peer Support for Psychological Wellbeing in Advanced Cancer)
  • Previously Research Associate for GM CLAHRC End of Life Care workstream
  • Day to day operation of Psychological Wellbeing in Advanced Cancer study including data collection and analysis (2012 - 2014).
  • Member of review panel for Ageing and Society
  • Reviewer for journal Manual Therapy


After over two decades in the finance industry, redundancy in 1997 allowed me to discover the delights of academia and to adopt other ways of pursuing my long interest in equality, previously underpinning and evolving through a long-standing, active trade union involvement.  As a mature student with a young child I chose to attend Keele University which is near my home and where I was fortunate to study in departments rated excellent by successive research excellence assessments.

During the time I was studying (full and later part-time) from BA to PhD I also held a variety of positions including: administrator and event organiser for a small professional organisation; volunteer trainer for OXFAM retail outlets; tutor and module leader on undergraduate courses for both Keele and MMU; supervisor for UG dissertations; a pastoral post as year 2 tutor; research associate on a project producing a broad range of research briefings for the Social Care Institute of Excellence; a split post as research associate in primary care sciences (arthritis) and as qualitative advisor for the West Midlands Research Design Service.

Spring 2014 will see the conclusion of the Psychological Wellbeing in Advanced Cancer study which has demonstrated how knowledge of Gerontology and Disability Studies can transfer to considerations at end of life and in palliative care.


PhD (2010) Social Gerontology: Recollections of a Working Lifecourse, growing older with long-term physical or sensory disabilities.

Associate Level Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme (2004)

MRes, Social Science (2003)

BA(Dual Hons) Applied Social Studies & Business Administration (2002)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Palliative Care Research Society

British Society of Gerontology (BSG)

British Sociological Association (BSA)

BSA Body & Society Group

BSA Auto/Biography and Narrative Group

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Lifecourse, Qualitative, End of Life, Resilience, Quality of Life

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