James Harcus

James Harcus BHSc (Hons), MSc, PGCert, FHEA

Senior Lecturer In Diagnostic Radiography


James Harcus is a Senior Lecturer in the Diagnostic Imaging team. He teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and his main roles are as course leader for MSc Diagnostic Imaging and as admissions tutor for the BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programmes. James's experience and expertise relate to radiographic image interpretation and musculoskeletal ultrasound. His current main research interest is in the development of preliminary clinical evaluations within the clinical setting.


James Harcus is a Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. He teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and acts as a research supervisor across both levels.

James is an experienced Diagnostic Radiographer, having qualified in 2002. He completed his MSc in 2011, specialising in radiographic image interpretation of the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal systems. His previously clinical roles were in a large teaching hospital and then managing an imaging department in primary care, where a significant part of his role was as a reporting radiographer. In addition, James specialises in musculoskeletal ultrasound, completing his PgCert in 2012. As a state-registered Radiographer with the HCPC, he is also registered on the College of Radiographer's Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers, and is still involved in clinical practice.

James is course leader for the MSc Diagnostic Imaging programme and manages a team of senior lecturers in the delivery of the course, which was developed and validated in 2015. This programme is entirely distance learning and allows a truly internationalised and multi-disciplinary cohort. James is a keen advocate of developing the pedagogy of distance learning in higher education and image interpretation.

James is module leader on a range of modules across three undergraduate and postgraduate modules. His other roles on the BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging programme include as admissions tutor and as visiting lecturer to two hospital placement sites, acting as a link between the university and the clinical sites.

James's main research interests relate to image interpretation; specifically in the development of the preliminary clinical evaluation and the use of distance learning in image interpretation. Specifically, James has developed the 'What, Where, How' system of structuring preliminary clinical evaluations, and has embedded its use both in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Specialist areas of interest

Radiographic image interpretation (chest, musculoskeletal, and abdominal)
Musculoskeletal ultrasound
Radiation protection
Distance learning in higher education


Diagnostic Imaging

BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
MSc Diagnostic Imaging
MSc Medical Ultrasound


Journal articles

Harcus, J., & Snaith, B. (2019). Expanding training capacity for radiographer reporting using simulation: Evaluation of a pilot academy project. Radiography, 25 (4), 288-293. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.05.010

Naylor, S., Harcus, J., & Elkington, M. (2015). An exploration of service user involvement in the assessmentof students. Radiography, 21 (3), 269-272. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2015.01.004

Conference papers

Harcus, J. (2008). Taking it to the patient: radiology in a GP surgery. In United Kingdom Radiological Congress, Birmingham, UK, 2 June 2008.

Harcus, J. (2004). An investigation into the infection risk of a radiology department: what lurks beneath? In United Kingdom Radiological Congress, Manchester, UK, 7 June 2004.


Dobson, S., & Harcus, J. (2016). The use of needle guidance software within interventional radiology. Presented at: United Kingdom Radiological Congress, Liverpool, 2016

Doona, D., Wright, C., & Harcus, J. (2016). Preliminary clinical evaluation (PCE): Perceptions and barriers to implementation. Presented at: United Kingdom Radiological Congress (UKRC)2016, Liverpool, 2016

Akimoto, T., Wright, C., Reeves, P., & Harcus, J. (2016). Preliminary clinical evaluation: The What/Where/How (WWH) approach to scoring. Presented at: United Kingdom Radiological Congress, Liverpool, 2016

Harcus, J., & Wright, C. (2014). What, where, and how : a proposal for structuring preliminary clinical evaluations. Presented at: UKRC, Manchester, 2014

Other activities

External examiner University of Bangor
BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Cert HE Diagnostic Imaging for Assistant Practitioners

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