Our structure

The Faculty of Education & Health consists of 6 academic departments and 9 research centres.

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Dr Linda Burke


Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science

Morag Redfern, Head of Department
Surinder Walia, Deputy Head of Department

Education & Community Studies

Hilary Orpin, Head of Department
Gemma Mansi, Deputy Head of Department

Family Care & Mental Health

Karen Cleaver, Head of Department
Mandy Stevenson, Deputy Head of Department

Primary Education

Felicity Hilditch, Head of Department
Iain Kitchener, Deputy Head of Department

Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Russell Luyt, Head of Department
Claire Monks, Deputy Head of Department
Ian Tharp,  Deputy Head of Department

Secondary, LLTE & PE & Sport

Simon Leggatt, Head of Department
Mark Betteney, Deputy Head of Department

Research centres


Centre for the Study of Play & Recreation

Children's play, informal education and activity-based learning.

Dr Mary Clare Martin, Head of Centre

Centre for Leadership & Enterprise

A strategic interdisciplinary educational centre.

Professor Jill Jameson, Head of Centre

Literacy Research & Development Centre

International centre for excellence for the improvement of literacy practice in schools and colleges.

Professor Andrew Lambirth, Head of Centre


Centre for Applied Health Research

Informing nursing and healthcare theory, policy and practice.

Professor Pat Schofield, Head of Centre

Centre for Applied Social Research

Focussing on developing inter-professional approaches to research.

Professor Liz West, Head of Centre

Safeguarding Hub

Bringing together professionals who have a remit for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

Jan Webb, Professional Lead

Sexual Health Research & Practice Group

A centre of academic excellence in sexual health and well-being.

Dr Peter Keogh, Head of Centre


Applied Psychology Research Group

Psychological research affecting positive change in the local area and beyond.

Research Centre for Children, Schools & Families

Focussing on education, health, well-being and social issues.

Professor Pam Maras