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Dr Tessa Watts

Dr Tessa Watts

Honorary Professor, College of Human and Health Sciences

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Tessa Watts is a researcher, qualified teacher and registered nurse (adult field) with a clinical background in palliative and end of life care in advanced cancer and an Honorary Professor at Swansea University. A London University graduate, Tessa subsequently completed the MSc in Nursing at University of Wales College of Medicine and PhD at Swansea University. Tessa is Associate Editor for the international journal, Nurse Education in Practice and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Cancer Nursing
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Chronic Illness
  • Supported self-management
  • Patient Experience
  • Qualitative Research methods

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was an Advance HE National Teaching Fellow Nominee in 2018 when still working at Swansea University. I have designed, developed, validated and led full and part time pre and post registration professional body-approved programmes in Palliative Nursing, Cancer Nursing, Undergraduate Pre-Registration Nursing (adult; mental health and child fields) and multi professional post graduate programmes: Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management and a Professional Doctorate. I now teach, supervise and examine at pre-registration undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral levels.


I have an academic grounding in the social and political sciences and nursing and am an active qualitative researcher, publishing, making conference presentations with a focus on chronic illness/conditions, most particularly advanced cancer and examining at doctoral level.

I am particularly interested in care and support for people living with advanced cancer and those approaching the very end of life. My current programme of work focuses on cancer immunotherapy from the perspectives of people who are receiving and have completed treatments and the healthcare professionals supporting them using qualitative methods and drawing on the social sciences. I also have an active and productive research collaboration with University of Notre Dame and Curtin University in Perth Western Australia. This research focuses on the development and testing of falls prevention interventions in care home settings.  

I review grant applications for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Scheme and Tenovus. In 2018 I was invited to join the Scientific Review Panel for the International Nursing Education Conference (NET/NEP). I regularly review for several journals as detailed on my publons account.

An experienced postgraduate supervisor, I have supervised students to timely completion of their dissertations at postgraduate (MSc) and doctoral level (PhD and DProf), examined internally and externally (transfer viva MPhil – PhD).  

Award Highlights

Honorary Professor, Swansea University, December 2019