Melanie is a Senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, with 25 years of experience in teaching, supervising and assessing students across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate Occupational Therapy and Vocational rehabilitation programmes and also in Inter-professional education. Melanie has been involved in some basic higher education research projects and has an interest in Employability and the personal development of students. In addition, she has considerable experience of curriculum and other academic development such as teaching, learning and assessment.
Melanie is a Senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and joined the University in 1990, achieving twenty five years of experience in teaching, supervising and assessing students across a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Occupational Therapy and Vocational rehabilitation programmes and also in Inter-professional education. She has a number of Module leader roles and teaching responsibilities including the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy research modules, Structural and Functional Anatomy and Occupational therapy modules.
Melanie has considerable experience of curriculum development at both Undergraduate level and also Postgraduate level, developing the first Occupational Therapy Masters route in the Faculty. She has extensive experience of other academic developments including teaching, learning and assessment methods and strategies. Most recently she has been involved in the successful revalidation of the BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy routes.
Melanie has clinical experience across both Musculoskeletal and Neurological areas of practice but is particularly interested in Hand Therapy and Orthotics. She is also experienced as an educationalist, being involved in developing and encouraging students in being active, reflective and enthusiastic learners and professionals.
Melanie was nominated in 2015 by students for an Inspirational Teaching Award.
Melanie has some experience mainly in educational research and has undertaken studies related to Employability and Undergraduate research learning.
Specialist areas of interest
Hand Therapy and Orthotics (Splinting)
Musculo-skeletal Injuries & Conditions
End of Life/Palliative Care
Occupation based interventions and Occupational Science Evidence based practice
Educational research and practice
Allied Health Professions
Health And Wellbeing
Occupational Therapy & Vocational Rehabilitation
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
MSc (Pre-reg) Occupational Therapy (Full time) MSc Occupational Therapy & Vocational Rehabilitation (Distance learning) Postgraduate course
CPLA/Learner Autonomy Project; Learner Autonomy within the Dissertation module (2008/09)
CPLA/E3i Employability Project; graduate employability & resource development for undergraduates (2008/09) Staff development project; Graduate Employability; a talking heads video of Occupational Therapy graduates' reflections on "gaining employment through effective interview skills" - SHU Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. (2007/08).
HALL, Nick and BRYER, Melanie (2015). Moving and handling education: educating the experienced practitioner. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53 (2), 68-75.
MASTERSON, Shirley and BRYER, Melanie (2010). Methodological issues arising from a pilot RCT investigating the effectiveness of joint protection. International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, 17 (12), 654-664.
External Examiner MSc Occupational Therapy, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff. (1998 - 2002).
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