Miss Samantha McCormack


Technical Manager: Skills Acquisition & Simulation


I am an accomplished and high achieving professional with over 15 years of experience working in education. I Lead a team of technicians, who support approximately 1700 students in the Psychology, Simulation and Performance areas across the Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Uxbridge campuses each week. Since taking up employment at Buckinghamshire New University in 2011, I have progressed from Laboratory technician to Technical Manager Skills Acquisition & Simulation.

I have an MSc in Medical and Healthcare Simulation, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I am also a Chartered Scientist with The Science Council, and I volunteer with The Science Council as an Applicant Assessor.

I am an innovative individual making significant contribution to University wide initiatives and I manage competing priorities relating to teaching support and facilities management within 18 simulation laboratories. I take a leading role to design and implement specific skills training to support the needs of the academic programmes within these areas, ensuring curriculum needs are identified in advance.

I introduced Moulage* to the University in 2011, adding another layer to skills and simulation sessions, and I have experience as an Associate Lecturer for the Sculpting and Prosthetics MA programme.

I was the brains behind the award winning Dementia simulation, which went on to win teaching innovation of the year at The Student Nursing Times Awards.

I have been nominated for, and won numerous awards and accolades at both local and national level for Innovation, Moulage, Simulation and Dementia.

I have been a Judge for the Student Nursing Times Awards (Innovation in teaching category). I represent the university at Health Education England meetings relating to Simulation Based Education and I am a National Executive Committee member with the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH).

I have and continue to contribute to publications relating to simulation based education and moulage.

*Moulage - The art of apply wounds for training purposes