Lezley-Anne Hanna


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    United Kingdom


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After graduating from Queen's University Belfast (QUB) with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Pharmacy, Lezley-Anne worked as a consultant pharmacist for a multinational company (Boots the Chemists). She returned to QUB to take up the post of Lecturer (Education) in September 2004 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Education) in 2013 and Professor (Education) in 2019. She teaches across the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme and contributes to postgraduate courses. Her teaching centres on pharmacy practice and evidence-based healthcare. She has won five university educational accolades in relation to her teaching. Furthermore, Lezley-Anne was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (now part of Advance HE) in 2017 followed by Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. She received national recognition by being awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2018. She sits on various educational committees within the university and is also an External Examiner.

In 2006, she undertook a part-time PhD in Pharmacy Practice under the supervision of Professor Carmel Hughes relating to evidence-based practice and decision-making about over-the-counter medicines, and graduated in 2010. Her research interests include community pharmacy, evidence-based practice and over-the-counter consultations. Lezley-Anne has insight into this subject area from the perspectives of public, pharmacists, pre-registration tutors, pre-registration trainees, and undergraduate pharmacy students. In addition to international journal and conference contributions, she has also published an app in this area.

She has also published pedagogical work in internationally recognised journals on various topics including: assessment and feedback, goal orientations and academic performance, empathy, mental health, professionalism, moral reasoning, the transition from secondary to tertiary education and factors affecting career choice of pharmacy. She has disseminated numerous educational initiatives via national and international conferences and been an invited peer reviewer for over 30 internationally recognised journals.

Lezley-Anne is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society NI and a Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She is an associate of the General Pharmaceutical Council and writes and reviews questions for their registration assessment (the examination that determines professional membership). Lezley-Anne has also been a Registration Examination Committee member for the Pharmaceutical Society of NI and regularly works with the NI Centre for Pharmacy Learning & Development to develop and deliver eLearning resources and other types of professional training.  She further contributes to the profession's development strategy, including professional guidance and policies, through her work on the NI Pharmacy Forum Education and Research Committee. She has delivered training for the NI Medical and Dental Agency and sat on a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Herbal Working Group which produced a report making recommendations to the Government to influence policy.


PGDip Community Pharmacy (83%) (2002)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET) (2006)

PhD (Pharmacy Practice; 2010)

Students’ Union Education Award; outstanding feedback (student nominated category, 2013)

University Teaching Award; authenticity of teaching approach (team category, 2013)

University Teaching Award; exemplary feedback, inspiring and engaging learners (student nominated category, 2013)

International teaching award; entrepreneurialism (shortlisted, 2015)

Students’ Union Education Award; most inspiring (shortlisted, 2016)

University Teaching Award; development of peer mentoring scheme (student nominated category, 2016) 

Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2016)

External funding awarded to develop an app relating to over-the-counter consultations (2016 and 2018)

Higher Education Academy (now part of Advance HE) Senior Fellowship (2017)

QUB Centre for Educational Development (CED) conference, poster prize (2017)

eHealth and Innovation in Pharmacy Practice Award, Pharmacy in Focus (2018)

University Teaching Award; app development (team category, 2018)

Higher Education Academy (part of Advance HE) National Teaching Fellow (2018)

Higher Education Academy (part of Advance HE) Principal Fellowship (2019)

Shaping Change in an Educational Setting, Learning and Teaching Conference, poster prize (2019)


Undergraduate; MPharm programme:

PMY4002: Business, Government and Industry

PMY4003: Pharmacy Practice 2: Responding to Symptoms (joint module co-ordinator)

PMY4108: Advancement of Practice through Evidence

PMY4005: Project

PMY4050: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (Level 4)

PMY3178: Pharmacy Practice: Proprietary Dispensing (joint module co-ordinator)

PMY3050: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (Level 3)

PMY2050: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and Criterion Referenced Assessments (Level 2)

PMY1017: Practising as a Pharmacist

Postgraduate; Diploma/Certificate and MSc

PMY7036: Research Methods (Part 1)

PMY7090: Research Project

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Research Output

Final year pharmacy students' opinions on teamwork: A questionnaire-based study from a UK School of Pharmacy

Hanna, L-A., McReynolds, M., Hall, M. & Hanna, A., 10 Mar 2020, In : Pharmacy Education. 20, p. 56-66

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A questionnaire-based study to investigate future pharmacists' attitudes towards team work

McReynolds, M., Hanna, L-A. & Hall, M., 24 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Content Analysis of UK Pharmacy Fitness to Practise Cases

Jose, J., Hanna, L-A. & Hall, M., 15 Oct 2019, p. 62. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access

Gender-biased assessments: do negatively marked true-false MCQs favour males?

Kernohan, A., Hall, M. & Hanna, L-A., 15 Oct 2019, p. 84. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access


e-Health and Innovation in Pharmacy Practice Award (Pharmacy in Focus Awards, 2018)

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Recipient) & Maurice Hall (Recipient), 27 Jan 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Embedding Digital Literacies in the Curriculum Conference Poster Prize

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Recipient), Maurice Hall (Recipient) & Alan Hanna (Recipient), 12 Apr 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

External funding to enhance the app (OTC Consult)

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Recipient) & Maurice Hall (Recipient), May 2018

Prize: Other distinction

National Teaching Fellow

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Recipient), 30 Aug 2018

Prize: National/international honour


Ballyclare High School

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Presenter)
30 Jan 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting a School

School of Pharmacy Recruitment Event

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Contributor)
07 Mar 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

Northern Ireland UCAS Higher Education Exhibition

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Participant)
27 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

School of Pharmacy Recruitment Event

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Contributor)
12 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (Journal)

Lezley-Anne Hanna (Peer reviewer)
20 Feb 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review