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I am a Professor of Higher Education in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. My expertise is in doctoral education, particularly professional doctorates and mental health and wellbeing. I was Principal Investigator on a funded project Postgraduate Research Student Mental Health and Wellbeing (supported by £150,000 from the Office for Students Catalyst Fund) which was completed in January 2020. I became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016 and a National Teaching Fellow in 2019. I currently Chair the Vitae Working Group on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Research Interests

My broad area of research interest is higher education and my current research projects focus on PGR mental health and wellbeing, the impact of professional doctorates in the workplace and leadership and management in higher education. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to the Graduate School Development Programme and supervisor training programme. I am currently supervising six doctoral students.

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 SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Senior Education Officer, General Council of the Bar

1 Jun 199731 Dec 2001

Research Officer, University of Oxford

1 Apr 199431 Dec 1996


  • LB2300 Higher Education


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