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Dr Andy Pulman

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher in Social Care
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BG501, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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Dr Andy Pulman is a Post Doctoral Researcher.

Andy is the author of a number of articles on technology, health, social care and eLearning in addition to a pocket study skills book – Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts & More – published in 2009.

His current research interests include social care, health inequalities, digital health, digital professionalism, the use of technology to improve health and interesting technology related phenomena like divided attention disorder.


Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (0.1 from April 2024 - March 2025)

Working as a part of the project team converting the FACETS Digital Toolkit for people with MS to IOS and blending app based therapy within the FACETS programme.

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (0.8 from November 2022 - March 2024)

Working with two local authorities (LAs) - within the Wessex region - on a recruitment and retention research project which has tangible benefits for the LAs.

Supporting both LAs to apply for Research Champion funding to work alongside us on this project and become levers to promote research engagement and learning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Journal Articles

  • Pulman, A. and Fenge, L.A., 2024. Building capacity for social care research–ways of improving research skills for social workers. Social Work Education, 43 (1), 60-78.
  • Pulman, A. and Fenge, L.A., 2023. Building Capacity for Social Care Research - Individual-Level and Organisational Barriers Facing Practitioners. British Journal of Social Work, 53 (8), 3923-3942.
  • Mehra, R., Pulman, A., Dogan, H., Murphy, J. and Bitters, F., 2023. A Tailored mHealth App for Improving Health and Well-Being Behavioral Transformation in UK Police Workers: Usability Testing via a Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Human Factors, 10.
  • Thomas, S., Pulman, A., Dogan, H., Jiang, N., Passmore, D., Pretty, K., Fairbanks, B., Smith, A.D. and Thomas, P.W., 2021. Creating a Digital Toolkit to Reduce Fatigue and Promote Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis: Participatory Design and Usability Study. JMIR Formative Research, 5 (12).
  • Swanston, E., Pulman, A., Dogan, H., Murphy, J. and Bitters, F., 2021. Scoping the need for a tailored mhealth app to improve health and well-being behavioral transformation in the police: Exploring the views of uk police workers via web-based surveys and client meetings. JMIR Formative Research, 5 (8).
  • Annan, R.A., Aduku, L.N.E., Kyei-Boateng, S., Yuen, H.M., Pickup, T., Pulman, A., Monroy-Valle, M., Ashworth, A., Jackson, A.A. and Choi, S., 2020. Implementing effective eLearning for scaling up global capacity building: findings from the malnutrition elearning course evaluation in Ghana. Global Health Action, 13 (1).
  • Choi, S., Yuen, H.M., Annan, R., Monroy-Valle, M., Pickup, T., Aduku, N.E.L., Pulman, A., Portillo Sermeño, C.E., Jackson, A.A. and Ashworth, A., 2020. Improved care and survival in severe malnutrition through eLearning. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 105 (1), 32-39.
  • Thomas, S., Pulman, A., Passmore, D., Thomas, P., Jiang, N., Dogan, H., Pretty, K. and Smith, A.D., 2020. Enhancing engagement with fatigue management via a digital toolkit. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS JOURNAL, 26 (2_SUPPL), 53.
  • Thomas, S. et al., 2019. Digitizing a face-to-face group fatigue management program: Exploring the views of people with multiple sclerosis and health care professionals via consultation groups and interviews. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21 (5).
  • Choi, S., Pulman, A. et al., 2018. Effectiveness of the malnutrition eLearning course for global capacity building in the management of malnutrition: Cross-Country interrupted time-Series study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20 (10).
  • Murphy, J., Worswick, L., Pulman, A., Ford, G. and Jeffery, J., 2015. Translating research into practice: Evaluation of an e-learning resource for health care professionals to provide nutrition advice and support for cancer survivors. Nurse Education Today.
  • Murphy, J., worswick, L., Ford, G., Pulman, A. and Jeffrey, J., 2013. An e-learning resource for health care professionals to improve provision of nutritional advice and support for cancer survivors. eBU journal.
  • Pulman, A., Taylor, J., Galvin, K. and Masding, M., 2013. Ideas and Enhancements Related to Mobile Applications to Support Type 1 Diabetes. JMIR mhealth and uhealth, 1 (2).
  • Ahmed, O.H. and Pulman, A., 2013. Concussion Information on the Move: The Role of Mobile Technology in Concussion Management. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9 (2).
  • Pulman, A., Hill, J., Taylor, J., Galvin, K. and Masding, M.G., 2013. Innovative mobile technology alcohol education for young people with type 1 diabetes. Practical Diabetes, 30 (9), 376-379a.
  • Pulman, A., Galvin, K., Hutchings, M., Todres, L., Quinney, A., Ellis-Hill, C. and Atkins, P., 2012. Empathy and dignity through technology: Using lifeworld-led multimedia to enhance learning about the head, heart and hand. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 10 (3), 348-359.
  • Pulman, A. and Taylor, J., 2012. Munchausen by Internet (MBI): Current research and future directions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14 (4).
  • Pulman, A., Todres, L. and Galvin, K., 2010. The carer's world: An interactive reusable learning object. Dementia, 9 (4), 535-547.
  • Pulman, A., 2010. Mobile Technology as a mechanism for delivering improved Quality of Life. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 6, 111-121.
  • Pulman, A., 2010. A patient centred framework for improving LTC quality of life through Web 2.0 technology. Health Informatics Journal, 16, 15-23.
  • Pulman, A., 2010. Integrating Web 2.0 with Mental Health Care. Connect Newsletter (Mental Health Informatics Special Interest Group (MHSIG) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists), 1, 17-19.
  • Pulman, A., 2009. Twitter as a tool for delivering improved Quality of Life for people with chronic conditions. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 1, 245-252.
  • Pulman, A., Scammell, J. and Martin, M., 2009. Enabling interprofessional education: The role of technology to enhance learning. Nurse Education Today, 29, 232-239.
  • Pulman, A., 2008. On the Road to Virtual Europe - Redux. Electronic Journal of eLearning (EJEL), Volume 5, 297-304.
  • Pulman, A., 2007. Can a handheld gaming device be used as an effective assistive technology tool? British Journal of Educational Technology, 38, 532-534.
  • Pulman, A. and Sherwen, L.N., 2006. Scenes from A Virtual Europe. Journal of Allied Health, 35, 240-252.



  • Taylor, J., Pulman, A. and Tickle, O., 2023. An Exploration of Attitudes of Young People Towards Catfish Impersonating and Feigning Illness on Social Media. In: Benson, V., ed. Handbook of Social Media Use Online Relationships, Security, Privacy, and Society. Academic Press.
  • Thomas, S., Pulman, A. and Robinson, J., 2020. Exergaming in Multiple Sclerosis – Bridging the Evidence-Practice Gap. Virtual Reality in Health and Rehabilitation. Boca Raton: CRC Press.


  • Smith, A.D. et al., 2020. Multi-disciplinary approach to linking treatment and research in MS related fatigue. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS JOURNAL, 26 (2_SUPPL), 48-49.
  • Taylor, J., Pulman, A. and Tickle, O., 2018. Exploring attitudes to ‘catfish’ impersonating and feigning illness online. In: International Conference on Social Media and Society 18-20 July 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Fairbanks, B., Pulman, A., Dogan, H., Jiang, N., Pretty, K., Thomas, P. and Thomas, S., 2018. Creating a FACETS digital toolkit to promote quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis through Participatory Design. In: 2nd Workshop on Human Centred Design for Intelligent Environments (HCD4IE). The 32nd Human Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI'18) 3 July 2018 Belfast.
  • Choi, S., Yuen, H.-M., Annan, R., Valle, M.M., Pulman, A., Aduku, N.E., Kyeiboateng, S. and Pickup, T., 2017. Improving the management of severe acute malnutrition among infants and children through capacity building: findings from an evaluation study with malnutrition eLearning. In: IUNS: 21st International Congress of Nutrition 15-20 October 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina. ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM, 71, 360.
  • Pulman, A., Galvin, K.T., Hutchings, M., Todres, L., Quinney, A., Ellis-Hill, C. and Atkins, P., 2011. Using lifeworld-led multimedia to enhance learning. In: Greener, S. and Rospigliosi, A., eds. 10th European Conference on e-Learning 10-11 November 2011 University of Brighton, UK. Reading: Academic Publishing Limited.
  • Hutchings, M., Galvin, K.T., Todres, L., Pulman, A. and Quinney, A., 2011. Transforming practices through developing a transprofessional curriculum: a multi-faceted model of change. In: Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 5-6 July 2011 East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
  • Hutchings, M., Galvin, K.T., Todres, L., Quinney, A., Pulman, A. and Ellis-Hill, C., 2011. Making connections: using technology to enhance learning about the head, heart and hand. In: Second International Conference on Compassionate Care 23-24 June 2011 Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh.
  • Pulman, A., 2009. Barriers to a Virtual Europe. In: Remenyi, D.D., ed. ECEL 2009: The 8th European Conference on e-Learning 29-30 October 2009 Bari, Italy. , 466-472 Reading, England: Academic Publishing Limited.
  • Pulman, A., 2009. Mobile Technology as a mechanism for delivering improved Quality of Life. In: Handheld Learning 2009 5-7 October 2009 London.
  • Pulman, A. and Shufflebottom, M., 2009. A Virtual Infection Control Simulation – the development of a serious game in the health care sector. In: Petrovic, O. and Brand, A., eds. Serious Games on the Move 2008 Conference Proceedings. 23-24 June 2008 Cambridge. Springer.
  • Pulman, A., 2008. The Nintendo DS as an assistive technology tool for health and social care students. In: mLearn2008 Conference Proceedings 8-10 October 2008 University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and IT, England. , 256-263.
  • Pulman, A., 2008. Web 2.0 @ BU – Use of Wikis within the School of Health & Social Care. In: 3rd Plymouth e-Learning Conference 4 April 2008 University of Plymouth, UK.
  • Pulman, A., 2007. On The Road To Virtual Europe. In: 6th European Conference on e-Learning 4-5 October 2007 Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark. Reading: Academic Conferences International.
  • Pulman, A., 2007. Does a handheld gaming device make an effective assistive technology tool? In: ALT-C 2007 3-6 September 2007 University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Pulman, A. and Worth, A., 2006. Blogging @ Bournemouth University: next generation implications. In: ALT-C 2006 - the next generation 5-7 September 2006 Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Pulman, A., 2005. From a distance: relieving the pain barrier of e-learning. In: ALT-C 2005: exploring the frontiers of e-learning - borders, outposts and migration 6-8 September 2005 Manchester.
  • Pulman, A. and Scammell, J., 2004. Tales from our e-learning journey. In: Bournemouth University Learning and Teaching Conference: flexible learning - how far have we come? 5-6 July 2004 Bournemouth.
  • Pulman, A., 2004. Developing a Masters unit in managing low back pain using e-learning. In: Cohehre Conference 2004: The Role of Complementary Approaches In Health Education - The Client-Centred Practice 21-25 April 2004 Bad Elster, Germany.
  • Taylor, J., Pulman, A., Galvin, K. and Masding, M.. Designing mobile applications to support type 1 diabetes education. In: M-learn 2012 16-18 October 2012 Helsinki, Finland. M-learn.




  • PhD in Health/Technology (Bournemouth University, 2016)
  • MA in Interactive Media (Bournemouth University, 2005)
  • HND in Graphic Design (Arts University Bournemouth, 2003)
  • HNC in Graphic Design (Arts University Bournemouth, 2002)


  • Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy, 2019)
  • Co-finalist - Johnson & Johnson Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education (RCM Midwifery Awards, 2010)
  • Nominee - Special Needs - Innovation Award (Handheld Learning Awards, 2008)
  • Learning and Teaching Fellowship (Bournemouth University, 2006)

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  • We have been contributing to this area of national research by helping to generate deeper insights into the challenges of building capacity to undertake social care research across the sector and the opportunities for building research engagement and capacity across Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and the social care sector in the Wessex region,