Gemma Burke

Mrs Gemma Burke MSc, PgCLTHE, Bsc ( Hons)

Senior Lecturer


Gemma has been a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University for 9 years and is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

Gemma qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2000 and completed her Masters and PgC in Learning and teaching in Higher education in 2010. Her specialist areas are in gynaecological cancer, brachytherapy and the management of radiotherapy induced skin reactions. She was part of the core team who developed the 2015 SCoR Skin care advice for patients undergoing radical external beam megavoltage radiotherapy guidelines. Gemma is currently part of the trailblazer for the development of an Apprenticeship standard for Therapeutic Radiographers


Gemma qualified as a Therapeutic radiographer in 2000 and took up a radiographer post at Leeds teaching hospitals. NHS trust. She became a senior radiographer and then specialised in Brachytherapy where she became a Specialist practitioner. Gemma joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 and has taught a wide range of subjects across both the undergraduate and post graduate curriculum. Gemma's particular expertise is in Brachytherapy and she is currently the co-chair of the National Brachytherapy radiographer's special interest group. Gemma leads a post graduate module in Brachytherapy: Principles to practice.

Gynaecological cancers and screening barriers for Cervical Cancer
The management of Skin reactions for patients undergoing radical megavoltage radiotherapy.
Healthcare Apprenticeships


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Gemma has previously been the course leader PgD radiotherapy and Oncology In Practice and pre-registration MSc radiotherapy and Oncology in practice.

Gemma is the Assessment Lead for Radiotherapy and Oncology and has been in this role for the last 8 years.

Gemma is registered with SCoR as an external examiner. She sits on a number of faculty panels including fitness to practise, academic misconduct and assessment.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice

Gemma is also a member of the trailblazer for the development of a Therapeutic Radiographer Apprenticeship standard and sits on a faculty Apprenticeship task group.

Radiotherapy and Oncology

BSc( Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
PgD Radiotherapy an Oncology in Practice
Pre reg MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice
MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology

Teach on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.


Conference papers

Harris, R., Beardmore, C., Probst, H., Burke, G., James, S., & Bolderston, A. (2015). Radiotherapy skin care guidance. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, 24, 32.


Probst, H., & Burke, G. (2020). Radiation Dermatitis Guidelines for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals. College of Radiographers.

Internet Publications

Harris, R., Beardmore, C., Bolderston, A., Burke, G., James, S., & Probst, H. (2015). Skin care advice for patients undergoing radical external beam megavoltage radiotherapy.

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