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Associate Professor and Head of Department, and Deputy Dean (UOW)
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine (Wellington)
Research summary
Breast and Gynaecological Pathology


Diane has worked for the University of Otago for over twenty years in a number of roles associated with teaching and learning. She is an anatomic pathologist with a research interest in student engagement with technology. Diane has several key positions within the Otago Medical School. She is Head of Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at the University of Otago, Wellington and co-Chair of the Science, Research and Scholarship Curriculum Domain group.

Diane believes learning is a journey that students and teachers take together. To be successful it must have a clear endpoint, use methods that are effective, be interesting, and provide useful skills and knowledge to the travellers. How to do this is the focus of her research. She explores how students use and are motivated by technology, and how to best use it when teaching pathology. She applies evidence based learning design to the courses that she teaches; innovating, reflecting and adapting to meet the learning needs of the students.

She is also a practising anatomic pathologist. Her areas of special interest are gynaecological and eye pathology. Her registrar teaching empowers learners to make good choices about what they learn and uses evidence based effective methods. She designs learning situations and tools that meet the wider professional goals of a registrar training programme, quality, safety, scholarship and leadership.

In her role as head of department she aims to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the workplace each day. She brings enthusiasm, diligence, and warmth to her job in the hope that she can inspire and encourage such traits in others as well. She upholds the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by aiming to take care of her students in a way that supports and acknowledges and protects their culture, and aims to work with her Maori colleagues in partnership in a way that respects their tikanga.


Townsley, H., Sumner, B., O'Neill, A., Kenwright, D., Wilkinson, T., & Grainger, R. (2024). Student perspectives on health informatics in a medical curriculum: A case study. Focus on Health Professional Education, 25(1), 17-36. doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v25i1.764 Journal - Research Other

Kenwright, D., Kuruppu, N., Cornwall, J., Print, C., Lindt, T., Grainger, R., & Thunders, M. (2023). A Delphi consensus exercise to determine a genetics and genomics curriculum for primary medical degree in Aotearoa New Zealand. Focus on Health Professional Education, 24(4), 24-36. doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v24i4.653 Journal - Research Article

Jones, B. D., Wilkins, J. L. M., Schram, Á. B., Gladman, T., Kenwright, D., & Lucio-Ramírez, C. A. (2023). Validating a measure of motivational climate in health science courses. BMC Medical Education, 23, 548. doi: 10.1186/s12909-023-04311-3 Journal - Research Article

Gladman, T., Liu, Q., Kenwright, D., & Grainger, R. (2023). Student perspectives on the facilitators and inhibitors of learning autonomy supportive teaching practices. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Festival. 39. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

He, Z., Wilson, A., Rich, F., Kenwright, D., Stevens, A., Low, Y. S., & Thunders, M. (2023). Chromosomal instability and its effect on cell lines. Cancer Reports, e1822. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/cnr2.1822 Journal - Research Other

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