As Head of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion I lead and develop our, staff, students, courses, research profile and business consultancy.
I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 1992 in various academic roles. As the programme leader for the applied social sciences programme, I developed new courses and introduced new student support systems. I developed and implemented the first cross-university postgraduate forensic studies programme in accounting, psychology, criminology and science.
Since 2005 I have had a senior academic leadership role. From 2005–07 I led on the student experience and the development of our courses. I then became head of markets and recruitment (2008–10). In this role I was tasked with ensuring we met the needs of students in a changing higher education market. In 2011, my role expanded to include international students as well as those from the UK.
My current role is leading the Department of Education, Childhood & Inclusion which brings me back to a closer working relationship with staff and students on the delivery of excellent courses and high-quality academic research. This role also includes positioning the department externally to ensure the department gains the recognition and esteem for the excellent work it does.
I'm an academic representative on the University Strategic Marketing Development Group, and a chief academic for university graduation ceremonies. I also help manage the recruitment of students who declare criminal convictions.