Tai Frater



Academic (Education) Lecturer

Room: Mary Seacole Building 3rd Floor

Email: tai.frater@brunel.ac.uk

Tel: + 44 (0)1895 268677

I am an occupational therapist specialised in children’s occupational therapy and neuro-rehabilitation. My clinical work has focussed on supporting children and adults with acquired and developmental neurological disabilities to participate in their homes and community lives. In 2011 I was awarded the Elizabeth Casson Memorial Scholarship to study my MSc at Tufts University in Boston, USA and on my return in 2012 I joined the lecturing team at Brunel University London.

Currently I am employed at Brunel on an Academic (Education) contract where I champion the use of technology to enhance learning and strategies to develop resilience in students within higher education institutions. I am interested in innovative teaching and learning practices within higher education and have a special interest in teaching evidence-based practice. I am engaged in research on participation, outcome measurement tool validation and inclusive education.

MSc Occupational Therapy (Tufts University, USA, 2012)

BSc Occupational Therapy (University of East Anglia, UK, 2006)

Certificate of Advanced Professional Practice (Tufts University, USA, 2012)


BSc (Hons) and MSc Occupational Therapy Examination Panels and Boards

BSc (Hons) and MSc Occupational Therapy Boards of Studies

Administrative responsibilities (e.g. programme/module leader, library rep etc)

  • Level 2 Co-lead on BSc Occupational Therapy programme
  • Study Block Leader HH2710 Evidence Based Occupational Therapy
  • Assessment Block Leader HH2807 Evidence Based Practice (Poster and Viva)
  • Assessment Block Co-lead HH2811 Continuing Professional Development 2
  • Module Lead Practice Placement 2 and Practice Placement 3


Trustee of The Elizabeth Casson Memorial Trust aims to support the furtherance of occupational therapy primarily, but not exclusively, in the United Kingdom. http://www.elizabethcasson.org.uk

Membership and affiliation

  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
  • Member of COT Specialist Section: Children, Young People and Families (COTSS-CYPF)
  • Member of COT Specialist Section: Neurological Practice (COTSS-SSNP)


Research interests

  • Validation of outcome measurement tools
  • Evidence based practice
  • Participation patterns
  • Motivational interviewing and behaviour change
  • Academic resilience in higher education
  • Innovative teaching and learning practices
  • International occupational therapy education and practice
  • Inclusive education
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Movement and coordination disorders

Research project(s) and grant(s)

Funded research projects:

Brunel Educational Excellence Centre. (2015). £6,333. Resilience Building through Technology Assisted Learning: A Pilot Study to Support Student Transitions through University. Rajan-Rankin S (PI), McKay E, Naylor S, Frater T & Levitan N

Knowledge Exchange Partnership British Council. (2014). Developing Inclusive Education in Pakistan: a collaborative project between British and Pakistani Occupational Therapists and Teachers. Brunel Team: Kramer-Roy D (PI), Frater T, Buckingham S, Ansell N & Sajid M. Dow University and AMI School.

Widening Participation Programme, Brunel University London. (2013). £3,000. “To Stay or Go” exploring reasons why students with disabilities leave their university studies. McKay E (PI), Frater T, Kramer-Roy D, Gnanasekaran L & Beech G.



  • Responsible for roll out of the NHS Core Skills Training Programme across MSc and BSc pre-registration programmes
  • Teaching Team 2015-2016:
    • HH1705 Human Sciences
    • HH1704 Knowledge and Skills for OT
    • HH2709 Occupational for Health and Well-being
    • HH2710 Evidence Based OT
    • HH3809 Research Proposal
    • MSc Children’s Module
  • MSc Dissertation Supervisor
  • Personal and Academic Tutor BSc Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • Marketing, recruitment and selection activities
  • Reviewing submissions to the university ethics committee

Page last updated: Wednesday 18 November 2015