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Keele University celebrates academic promotions
Congratulations to the following members of staff who have recently received esteemed promotions:
Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Dr Bernadette Bartlam has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS), in recognition of her track record of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration across research, learning and teaching, and professional, organisational and managerial activities.
A nurse by professional background, with a PhD in Social Policy (Counselling) from Keele, Bernadette’s work focuses on health inequalities, multi-morbidity and ageing across the life-course, in particular emphasising mental health. She has been a successful co-applicant on a number of research projects around healthy ageing and access to care and support, including exploring the feasibility of non-traditional providers providing support to older people living with anxiety and depression, and most recently a reward from Arthritis Research UK to explore patients’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences of direct access to NHS musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Bernadette is lead social scientist on two National Institute for Health Research funded grants on stratified primary care for musculoskeletal conditions. Engagement with users of research is consistent through Bernadette’s work, including her former leadership role in developing a strategy for user engagement for the Centre for Social Gerontology at Keele, and current contribution to the development of a Diversity and Equality policy for the Research User Group in the iPCHS.
Bernadette has taught on a wide range of courses, and as previous Course Director for the MSc in Geriatric Medicine, strengthened cross-Faculty interdisciplinary collaboration and learning and teaching by developing with colleagues a number of modules shared with the MA in Gerontology. She helped design and deliver the current cross-School Research Methods in Health module in the Faculty of Health, and currently supervises four doctoral students.
Bernadette has also served in a variety of organisation roles within the University including membership of a number of ethical review panels, at school and cross-Faculty level. She is on the Executive Board of the British Society of Gerontology and currently chairs the Publications sub-group. She also sits on the Editorial Board of Ageing and Society.
Dr Ed de Quincey has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing and Mathematics. Ed has worked in the area of online human behaviour for 15 years, looking into the usability and impact of websites, as well as uses of the information that they collect. His research into detecting disease outbreaks such as Swine Flu via posts on social media has received international press coverage including The Telegraph and The Times of India, and has been presented at a number of international conferences.
Ed has been a member of the Organising Committee for the International ACM Digital Health Conference, and has worked on projects funded by the EPSRC, KTP and British Academy. He has a national profile in Learning & Teaching, recognised through the award of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Editorial Board membership of Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching and over 20 publications in Learning & Teaching Journals/Conferences.
Ed is also an external examiner at Glasgow Caledonian University, and has previously worked as a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and a Researcher at City University. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a HEFCE Catalyst funded project on Learning Analytics, and will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Academic Practice and Technology conference in London.
Dr Julie Green has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Julie qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1990 and worked in a variety of roles within both primary and secondary care prior to joining Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2003 as a Lecturer in the Adult Field. Julie is now Director of Postgraduate Programmes and also leads the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) programmes.
Julie’s post-doctoral research focuses on person centred consultations, which builds on her PhD study where she developed and implemented a consultation template for patients with chronic venous leg ulcers. This is now being used across a number of NHS Trusts. Julie is also exploring the development of assertiveness within Specialist Practice cohorts, and is undertaking a study across 12 HEIs with 135 student District Nurse participants.
Julie has a particular interest in community nursing practice and holds an honorary contract with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust. Julie is a Queen’s Nurse, an active member of the Association of District Nurse Educators, and Chair of the Royal College of Nursing District Nurse Forum.
Dr Lindsay Hamilton has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within Keele Management School (KMS). Lindsay is currently Undergraduate Director of KMS, and in this and previous capacities she has made a significant contribution to the delivery and design of the School’s research-led curricula and exceptional levels of student satisfaction. In terms of research, Lindsay is one of the first organisational scholars to capture the importance of animals in business using ethnography, publishing extensively in the field of human-animal relationships including two monographs; Animals at Work (2013) and Ethnography beyond Humanism (due April, 2017). Her UG and PG teaching is shaped by her expertise in the field of research methods and, in particular, the social, cultural and co-creative aspects of organisational life.
Dr Jan Herman Kuiper has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM). Jan trained as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Twente and received a PhD in Medical Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, both in the Netherlands. In 2001, Jan was appointed as Lecturer at Keele, where he teaches Biomechanics and Applied Statistics for Postgraduates.
Within ISTM, Jan’s research focuses on skeletal tissue healing and orthopaedic procedures, and has led to a wide range of peer-reviewed publications. It is truly interdisciplinary research, in which he collaborates with clinicians, biologists, engineers, chemists and mathematicians. To do this research, he has attracted funding from Research Councils, charities and industry, most recently from the MRC. Much of the research takes place at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, the research of which forms part of ISTM.
Dr Kim Mather has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within Keele Management School (KMS). Since joining Keele in 2011, Kim has taught and led modules across KMS’s portfolio of UG, PG and CPD in the area of Human Resource Management (HRM).
Kim is committed to widening participation, and since assuming Course Director Responsibilities for the PT industrial relations and HRM courses she has maximised the learning opportunities for these post-experience students.
Kim is also the Senior Tutor within KMS, providing support to personal tutors to further enhance the student experience. She is also an active researcher in the field of public sector labour management and labour process changes, with publications and service impacts in this field. More recently she has acknowledged expertise in the area of HRM and employment relations in the emergency services.
Dr Teresa Oultram has been promoted to Senior Lecturer within Keele Management School (KMS).Teresa is KMS’s Director of Learning and Teaching and has recently helped to re-shape the KMS portfolio as part of PCD, reducing the number of KMS degrees from 358 to 45. Her teaching is within the fields of Management, International Supply Chain and Operations. She has recently developed an innovative module for first year students that incorporates a live company project with a Multinational Enterprise. In July 2016, she was awarded the Keele Excellence (early career) Award for her innovative teaching approaches.
Promotion to Senior Research Fellow
Dr Annette Bishop has been promoted to Senior Research Fellow within the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences (iPCHS). Annette has worked in iPCHS since 2003, following 20 years as a clinical physiotherapist. Her first Keele post was as a research physiotherapist and following completion of her PhD she was a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal Intervention Studies.
Annette has contributed to the successful delivery of large pragmatic clinical trials in physiotherapy telephone assessment and advice (PhysioDirect trial) and vocational advice in primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (SWAP trial). She led the first phase of a feasibility and pilot trial investigating acupuncture for pregnancy related back pain (EASE Back study) and was the principal investigator for a large pilot trial of patient direct access to physiotherapy in the NHS (STEMS trial).
Annette has served on a number of committees and held roles within the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and is currently a member of the CSP’s Primary Care Reference panel. She is a member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit West Midlands Regional Advisory Panel and is associate editor of the primary physiotherapy journal in the UK ‘Physiotherapy’.
Annette leads the Health Services and Outcomes research group within the iPCHS, bringing together staff and PhD students whose work focuses on, or includes, this topic. The research group has been particularly active in generating new PhD proposals and supporting new PhD students. Annette will lead the iPCHS’s research portfolio in health services research and specifically the role of inter-disciplinary working in primary and community care. She has recently been awarded a £210,000 grant from Arthritis Research UK to continue this research.
Dr Emma Healey has been promoted to Senior Research Fellow within the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences (iPCHS). Emma joined iPCHS in 2009. With a background in exercise science and PhD in spinal mechanics she worked on a NIHR programme grant to optimise osteoarthritis care in line with national guidelines, focusing on the role of physical activity as a key component of self-management.
In 2014 Emma was appointed Principal Investigator for two pilot randomised controlled trials funded by Arthritis Research UK and the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM). In this role she leads multidisciplinary teams to design and evaluate complex interventions in primary care. She is also Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Medicine and Health, supporting postgraduate research capacity building and recruitment and retention of high calibre students.
As a Senior Research Fellow Emma aims to secure grant income for and deliver two full scale randomised control trials testing new primary care consultation models. She aims to further embed strategies for increasing and supporting physical activity in trials in order to improve outcomes for people with osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and long term conditions in primary care.
Dr Sara Muller has been promoted to Senior Research Fellow within the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences (iPCHS). Sara joined Keele in 2005 as a Research Assistant after completing a master’s degree in Biometry at the University of Reading. She completed her PhD in the epidemiology of locomotor disability in 2010 and went to work at Manchester University as a statistician on a project utilising ‘big data’. She then returned to Keele as a Research Associate, working with Professor Christian Mallen to set up his Inflammatory Research Programme, and was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research in 2011. In 2013 she was made Research Fellow.
Sara has been promoted to Senior Research Fellow on the basis of her work in the Inflammatory Arthritis Programme within iPCHS. She leads the first inception cohort into polymyalgia rheumatica in primary care and has also had a leading role in the RI’s utilisation of routinely collected healthcare data. Sara has over 35 publications and is now planning to further develop her work into polymyalgia rheumatica.
Promotion to Senior Teaching Fellow
Russell Clark has been promoted to Senior Teaching Fellow within The Language Centre at Keele. Russell joined Keele University in 2003. One of his first initiatives at Keele was the establishment of the Trinity College (London) Certificate in TESOL that allows Keele students to gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification as part of their Electives Programme.
As Programme Director for Academic English Russell is responsible for the range of language support available to international students at all levels of university study, and regularly advises colleagues across the University on supporting international students’ language development. He has delivered staff training sessions via the LPDC, contributed to, and chaired, Task/Finish groups and committees focusing on various aspects of internationalisation, and is deeply involved in the University’s drive to reduce the attainment gap between home and international students.
Russell co-authored the University’s proofreading guidelines and has worked extensively to develop international students’ understanding of academic conduct. He has presented on this topic at international conferences in Thailand and Japan, and trained staff at universities in both countries. He has also secured substantial funding for three Teaching Innovation Projects, all aimed at improving learner independence among international students.
The quality of Russell’s leadership and organisational skills were highlighted in the British Council’s 2014 re-accreditation report, and by the Language Centre being named in 2016 as a Centre for Excellence by the EL Gazette. His excellence in teaching has been acknowledged by several student nominations for Keele Teaching Excellence Awards. Russell’s expertise in the fields of Academic English and in TESOL teacher training has led to consultancies for Trinity College (London), Pearson Educational Publishers, and several UK universities.