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Dean Whitcombe is the Hydra Simulation and Immersive Learning Development Officer for the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice here at the University of South Wales. Dean has worked in Higher Education as a technical and academic member of staff for over 10 years and has taught and assessed at levels 4, 5, 6 and 7.

He is currently developing immersive learning material for simulated exercises in various subject areas throughout the University of South Wales. To date, subject areas include; Police Sciences, Public Services, Cyber–security, Health and Social Care Management, Social Work and Nursing. He has also designed and contributed to the delivery of simulated events for partner colleges and external organisations such as South Wales Police, the British Transport Police and the College of Policing.

He is also supporting staff in designing simulated events that are intended to address specific research questions/ hypotheses and has also acquired grant funding to enhance the student learning experience. Finally, he provides pedagogic advice, guidance, encouragement and support on the use of technology to staff involved in teaching and research.


Testing an All Wales Family Resilience Assessment Instrument (FRAIT) for Health Visiting Using Hydra Minerva Suite Simulation Technology. Chief Nursing Officer for Wales 2016 Showcase Conference (25th May, Cardiff).

Retallick, C.J., Whitcombe, D.M., Davies, B., Hullin, D.A., McDonnell, B., Munnery, M., Cockcroft, J.R. and S.R.P. Williams. Elevations in alanine aminotransferase are associated with insulin resistance, overweight and obesity and low aerobic fitness levels in children and adolescents. Diabetes and Obesity. Association for the Study of Obesity Conference, University College London, November 2011 and Appetite (2012).

Cunniffe B, Hore AJ, Whitcombe DM, Jones KP, Davies B, Baker JS. Immuno-endocrine responses over a three-week international rugby union series. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2011 Jun;51(2):329-38.

Cunniffe B, Hore AJ, Whitcombe DM, Jones KP, Baker JS, Davies B. Time course of changes in immune-endocrine markers following an international rugby game. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2009.

Retallick CJ, Baker JS, Williams SRP, Whitcombe D and Davies B. Plasma volume response to 30s cycle ergometry: influence on lipid and lipoprotein. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (2007) 39 (9): 1579–1586.

DM Whitcombe, CJ Retallick, B Cunniffe, G Dunseath, SD Luzio, H Blundell, S Darlington, W Evans, B Davies and SRP Williams. Effect of aerobic exercise training on visceral adipose tissue, liver fat and glucose tolerance in previously sedentary, overweight, non-diabetic men. 2nd International Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, Barcelona, Spain, April 25-28th 2007.

DM Whitcombe, CJ Retallick, B Cunniffe, G Dunseath, SD Luzio, B Davies and SRP Williams. Augmentation index decreases during an oral glucose tolerance test in obese men. Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference 2006 29-31 March 2006 – ICC & NIA, Birmingham.

Whitcombe DM, Taylor J, James P, Frenneaux MP and SRP Williams. Serum adiponectin in relation to multiple measures of total and regional adiposity and liver fat in obese men. 1st International Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, Berlin, April 13th-16th 2005.


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