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Robert Appleyard MSc

Senior Lecturer


Summary

Here at Sheffield Hallam I am a senior lecturer and I have been employed at SHU since 1998 and teach physics, radiotherapy technology, imaging in radiotherapy, research methods and supervise BSc and MSc dissertation students.

I am the academic lead for simulation in education for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and have a particular interest in the role of virtual reality environments (VREs) in education – especially the impact of the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) initiative on learning and teaching. I have acted as the national lead for evaluation of the VERT initiative and am involved in ongoing research projects that continue to assess its impact. In addition to this I am also leading a research project assessing the impact of VREs on the development of spatial anatomical cognition.

Teaching

Health And Wellbeing

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Publications

Journal articles

Nightingale, J., Burton, M., Appleyard, R., Sevens, T., & Campbell, S. (2021). Retention of radiographers: A qualitative exploration of factors influencing decisions to leave or remain within the NHS. Radiography. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2020.12.008

Sheazadi, L., Appleyard, R., Foley, N., & Foran, B. (2018). A retrospective comparison of intensity-modulated arc therapy and 3-dimensional conformal approaches in the planning of grade 3 gliomas. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396918000079

Bridge, P., Giles, E., Williams, A., Boejen, A., Appleyard, R., & Kirby, M. (2017). International audit of virtual environment for radiotherapy training usage. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 16 (4), 375-382. http://doi.org/10.1017/S146039691700022X

Claxto, K., & Appleyard, R. (2017). Implementation of ultrasound bladder volume scanning for patients receiving intensity-modulated radiotherapy to the cervix or endometrium: clinical experiences from a United Kingdom radiotherapy department. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 16 (3), 232-244. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396917000231

Hubie, C., Shaw, M., Bydder, S., Lane, J., Waters, G., McNabb, M., ... Appleyard, R. (2016). A randomised comparison of three different immobilisation devices for thoracic and abdominal cancers. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, 64 (2), 90-96. http://doi.org/10.1002/jmrs.202

Barrett, S., & Appleyard, R. (2013). The reliability of quantitative thresholding methods for PET aided delineation of GTVs in Head and Neck tumours. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 12 (2), 187-194. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396912000180

Green, D., & Appleyard, R. (2011). The influence of VERT™ characteristics on the development of skills in skin apposition techniques. Radiography, 17 (3), 178-182. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2011.04.002

Bridge, P., & Appleyard, R. (2008). A comparison of electronic and paper-based assignment submission and feedback. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39 (4), 644-650. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2007.00753.x

Bridge, P., Appleyard, R.M., Ward, J.W., Philips, R., & Beavis, A.W. (2007). The development and evaluation of a virtual radiotherapy treatment machine using an immersive visualisation environment. Computers and Education, 49 (2), 481-494. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2005.10.006

Broderick, M., McJury, G., Leech, M., Coffey, M., & Appleyard, R. (2007). A comparison of kilovoltage and megavoltage cone beam CT in radiotherapy. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 6 (3), 173-178. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396907006115

Reeves, E., Bridge, P., & Appleyard, R.M. (2005). The current role of systemic therapy in the management of Malignant Melanoma of the skin: A literature review. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 4 (4), 161-175. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396905000221

Appleyard, R., Ball, K., Hughes, F.E., Kilby, W., Nicholls, R., Rabett, V., ... Thomson, E. (2005). Systematic in vivo dosimetry for quality assurance using diodes 2: Assessing radiotherapy techniques and developing an appropriate action protocol. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 4 (4), 143-154. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396905000208

Appleyard, R., Ball, K., Hughes, F.E., Kilby, W., Lassen, S., Nicholls, R., ... Thomson, E. (2003). Systematic in vivo dosimetry for quality assurance using diodes. Part 1: Experiences and results of the implementation of entrance dose measurements. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 3 (4), 185-196. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396903000542

Appleyard, R. (1999). A survey of in vivo diode dosimetry in the UK. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 1 (2), 73-82. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396999000138

Conference papers

Nightingale, J., Appleyard, R., Mcnamara, J., Posnett, J., & Stone, J. (2020). Understanding male student perspectives on therapeutic radiography as a career choice. Radiography, 26, S2. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.11.009

Beavis, A.W., Appleyard, R.M., Coleman, L., Boejen, A., & Grau, C. (2009). The Adoption of Virtual Reality Training in Radiation Oncology. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 75 (3), S138. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.07.328

Beavis, A.W., Ward, J.W., Appleyard, R.M., & Phillips, R. (2006). A virtual environment for the training and development of radiotherapy techniques. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 66 (3), S714. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2006.07.1309

Phillips, R., Ward, J.W., Bridge, P., Appleyard, R.M., & Beavis, A.W. (2006). A hybrid virtual environment for training of radiotherapy treatment of cancer. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 6055. http://doi.org/10.1117/12.650951

Beavis, A., Ward, J., Bridge, P., Appleyard, R., & Phillips, R. (2006). MO‐D‐230A‐02: An Immersive Virtual Environment for Training of Radiotherapy Students and Developing Clinical Experience. Medical Physics, 33 (6), 2164-2165. http://doi.org/10.1118/1.2241428

Bridge, P., & Appleyard, R. (2005). System failure: A comparison of electronic and paper-based assignment submission, marking, and feedback. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36 (4), 669-671. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00485.x

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