Dr Gareth Davies


Scheme Co-ordinator: PGT Tertiary & Higher Education Scheme. Programme Leader: MEd Tertiary & Higher Education; MEd Digital Pedagogy; PgCert Research Methods.

Ph.D. Health Psychology, M.Sc. Rural Resources Management, B.A. Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, BPS Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

UHI Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinator: PGT Tertiary & Higher Education Scheme
  • Programme Leader
    • M.Ed. Tertiary & Highr Education
    • M.Ed. Digital Pedagogy
    • PgCert Research Methods
  • Lecturer
    • M.Ed. THE
    • M.Ed. DP
    • PgCert Research Methods
    • M.A. Health and Wellbeing
    • B.Sc. Psychology
    • B.A. Child and Youth Studies

email: gareth.davies@uhi.ac.uk

tel: 01851 770247

Research interests

  • Online learning and learning communities
  • Health helpseeking behaviour

Successful Ph.D. Supervision

  • Wilson G. "To what extent can a problem-solving approach to teaching computer programming provide a better learning experience for teacher and students than current approaches?"
  • Bowyer S. “Participatory Mapping of Health Indicators and Services as a Tool for Anticipatory Co-Planning”
  • Coker H. “An Investigation of the factors which affect student’s effective collaboration in online environments”

Current Ph.D. Supervision

  • Director of Studies: Wiseman A. “How socialisation affects the ability of 16-18 year old High School students on Lewis and Harris to innovate?”
  • Director of Studies: Moreland J. “Patient Online Health Information Seeking (OHIS) and the Health Professional in the context of primary care.”
  • Second Supervisor: Campbell J. “What are the key factors which promote resilience in Community Land Trusts?”
  • Additional Supervisor: Currie A. “

Current Research Projects

External interests, member of associations, advisor etc

  • Reviewer for Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
  • Book reviewer for Psychology Learning & Teaching
  • Reviewer for Cengage Publishing: “Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology”
  • Northern Periphery Programme: Recruit and Retain. Strategic Management Group Member. October 2012-June 2014.

Internal UHI Interests

  • UHI Internal Panel Member; validation of the Humanities Programmes, Orkney (2012)
  • UHI Internal Panel Member; validation of the academic area of Socio-legal Studies for postgraduate research degrees, Perth (2012)
  • UHI Internal Advisor: Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Algal Biotechnology, SAMS, Oban (2013)
  • UHI Internal Advisor: Mlitt Island Studies, Orkney (2013)
  • UHI Internal Panel Member; validation of the MA Fine Art, Moray (2013)
  • UHI Internal Panel Member; revalidation of the academic area of Archaeology programme area (research degree), Orkney (2013)


  • CHORTENS: Creating Helpful Open Research Tools for Engaging New Staff. UHI and the Royal University of Bhutan 2017-20201
  • Strategic Management Group Representative for the Recruit and Retain project: Northern Periphery Programme (European Union). 
  • AToM: Access To Masters. Erasmus. 2017-2019


Smith, K., Davies, G., Dolighan, T. & S. Clyde. (2021). Supports teachers need to successfully transition to remote learning. Presented to, The Belize Symposium on International Education. University of Belize, Central America.

Smyth S, Rennie F, Davies G and Tobgay S. (2020) Transnational collaboration in building educational research capacity in a new university: An applied phenomenographic investigation. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 8(2) DOI: https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v8i2.460

Davies GR. (2020) Digital Learning: Evolution to revolution. Journal of Teaching & Learning. DOI: HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.22329/JTL.V14I1.6298

Davies GR, Proops, H, Carolan CM. (2020) The Development and Use of a Multiple-Choice Question Assessment to Foster Deeper Learning: An exploratory web-based qualitative investigation. Journal of Teaching & Learning. DOI: HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.22329/JTL.V14I1.6300

Rennie F, Smyth K, Davies G, Connor S, Patterson L. (2017) Exploring the University as an e-Textbook Provider of Scholarly Work. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 5(3) DOI: https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v5i3.246

Carolan CM, Smith A, Davies GR, Forbat L. Seeking, accepting and declining help for emotional distress in cancer: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative evidence. Eur J Cancer Care. 2017;00:e12720. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12720

Smith, K., Rennie, F, Davies, G., Sillars, M., Woolvin, A., Longmuir, M., & Connor, S. (2016) Undertaking Your Research Project: Essential Guidance for Undergraduates and Postgraduates. eTIPS eTextbook Institutional Publishing Services.

Davies, G. Online MCQ Assessment Anxiety Amongst 1st Year Psychology Students. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, North America, 3, may. 2015. Available at: http://jpaap.napier.ac.uk/index.php/JPAAP/article/view/143

Davies, G. (2014) Help-seeking Behaviour Amongst Self-Referring Patients: Views of healthcare professionals. Poster Abstract: Scottish School of Primary Care Annual Conference.

Davies, G. and Fazey, D. (2014) Measuring patients’ help-seeking decisions: results of a pilot-scale survey using a newly developed tool. Primary Health Care Research & Development. 15(02); 213 – 219.

Davies, G. (2014) Evolutionary Research into the Nature of Language in Hoeksema, S., Fredrickson, B.L., Loftus, G.R. & Lutz C. (Eds) Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology (16th Edition). Cengage Learning. Hampshire. Pp 329.

Davies, G. (2006) Patient consultation targeting effectiveness with a self-referral healthcare professional. Poster Abstract: The British Psychological Society Annual Conference.

Davies, G. (2009) Health service users’ help-seeking decisions in primary healthcare: A health psychology approach. PhD Thesis.

Davies, G. (2013) Book Review: Professional Ethics: education for a humane society (Feng Su & Bart McGettrick, Eds).  Psychology Learning & Teaching. 12(3); 305-306.

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