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Aurora Alumni

Introducing our Aurora Alumni

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Dr Freya Bailes

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies/Language Centre

Professor Bee Bond

  • Professor of English for Academic Purposes
  • Areas of interest: English for Academic Purposes; international students; language in the curriculum
  • Staff profile for Bee Bond

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Professor Catherine Davies

  • Professor of Language Development and Dean for Research Culture
  • Areas of interest: Language and Cognitive Development; Early Years Education
  • Staff profile for Catherine Davies

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Professor Melanie Prideaux

  • Pro Dean for Student Education, AHC
  • Areas of interest: Student education; students as researchers; religion in Britain, particularly interfaith relations.
  • Staff profile for Melanie Prideaux

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Bioimaging and Flow Cytometry Research Facility

Dr Ruth Hughes

School of Biology

Dr Elizabeth Duncan

Jennie Hibbard

  • Lead Technician (School of Biology) & Technician Lead for the Technician Commitment
  • Areas of interest: Technical Services

School of Biological Sciences

Dr Jessica Kwok

  • Associate Professor
  • Areas of interest: Nervous system pathologies (e.g. dementia, memory, regeneration), extracellular matrix (e.g. carbohydrates)
  • Staff profile for Jessica Kwok

School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Sarah Astill

Faculty of Business

Leeds University Business School

Accounting and Finance

Patricia Grant

Alice Shepherd

  • Associate Professor
  • Areas of interest: Innovative teaching approaches, Year in Industry, digital learning, scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Staff profile for Alice Shepherd


Professor Effie Kesidou

  • Professor of Economics of Innovation & Sustainability, Head of Graduate School (Business Faculty)
  • Areas of interest: Economics of Innovation; Sustainability; Green/Eco-Innovation; Economic Development; Systems of Innovation; CSR; Economic Geography
  • Profile for Effie Kesidou


Stacey Mottershaw

Dr Anna Viragos


Sally Chan

  • Senior Teaching Fellow in Marketing
  • Areas of interest: representations in advertising, sustainability in advertising, carbon literacy training, advertising archives, marketing communications
  • Staff profile for Sally Chan

Dr Vita Kadile

  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Marketing / Programme Director
  • Areas of interest: Research and pedagogical expertise in cognitive and behavioural entrepreneurship, marketing strategy
  • Staff profile for Vita Kadile

Research and Innovation Office

Sarah Shaw

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

School of Civil Engineering

Professor Charisma Choudhury (also Transport Studies)

Dr Cynthia Okoro-Shekwaga

Associate Professor Ornella Iuorio

Dr Carolina Montoya Pachongo

Professor Gehan Selim

School of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Louise Jennings

  • Professor of Medical Engineering
  • Areas of interest: Bioengineering; biomaterials; biotribology: orthopaedics; cardiovascular; equality, diversity & inclusion
  • Staff profile for Louise Jennings

School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Mamatha Nagaraj

Professor Samantha Pugh

Faculty of Environment

School of Earth and Environment

Dr Fiona Gill

  • Associate Professor in Palaeontology and Geochemistry and Academic Lead for Gender Equality

School of Geography

Dr Julie Peacock

  • Associate Professor in Ecology
  • Areas of interest: Plant Ecology; Pedagogic Research; Teaching in the Field; Global Citizenship in Education.
  • Staff profile for Julie Peacock

Professor Clare Woulds

  • Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry
  • Areas of interest: Sediment biogeochemistry, including current projects concerning Blue Carbon storage and deep sea mining. I also have experience of senior leadership at school level (deputy head of school and director of student education), as well as faculty level Athena Swan leadership.
  • Staff profile for Clare Woulds

Dr Pazit Ziv

  • Research Support and Impact Manager
  • Areas of interest: Academic Development Consultant, Impact Management, Project Management, Coaching, Scientific Editor
  • Staff profile for Pazit Ziv

Institute for Transport Studies

Professor Charisma Choudhury (Also EPS)

  • Chair in Behaviour Modelling
  • Areas of interest: Travel Behaviour Modelling, Global South, Emerging big data

Faculty of Medicine and Health

School of Dentistry

Professor Sue Pavitt

  • Professor of Translation & Applied Health Research; Director of Dental Translation & Clinical Research Unit; NIHR RDN National Speciality Lead; NIHR Leeds CRF Dental Hub lead.
  • Areas of interest: Clinical Trial/Study Research Design and Delivery; Patient Public Involvement & Engagement; NIHR Oral & Dental Strategic Leadership.
  • Staff profile for Sue Pavitt

School of Healthcare

Dr Helen Convey

  • Director of Student Education
  • Areas of interest: Leading and influencing change, empowering others, conduct and ethical practice
  • Staff profile for Helen Convey

Rowena Dixon

Dr Angela Graves

School of Medicine

Professor Louise Bryant

  • Professor in Psychological and Social Medicine; Dean EDI
  • Areas of interest: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; psychosocial aspects of healthcare
  • Staff profile for Louise Bryant

Michelle Ellwood

Mana Golsorkhi

Dr Wendy Harrison

  • Lecturer in Biostatistics
  • Areas of interest: Biostatistics, quantitative research methods, Undergraduate and Postgraduate student education
  • Staff profile for Wendy Harrison

Dr Ai Lyn Tan

  • Associate Professor, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Director of Research and Innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Areas of interest: Rheumatology, Imaging
  • Staff profile for Ai Lyn Tan

Clinical Trials Research

Michelle Collinson

Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Dr Amy M Russell

Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Dr Sarah Kingsbury

  • Associate Professor and Musculoskeletal Strategic Lead
  • Areas of interest: Musculoskeletal conditions, health services, applied health research, clinical trials, intervention development
  • Staff profile for Sarah Kingsbury


Alisa Shah

Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

Dr Rebecca King

  • Associate Professor in International Health
  • Areas of interest: Community Engagement, Antimicrobial Resistance, Applied Qualitative Health Research
  • Staff profile for Rebecca King

School of Psychology

Dr Judith Johnson


Faculty of Social Sciences

School of Education

Dr Yen Dang

  • Lecturer in Language Education
  • Areas of interest: Applied Linguistics/TESOL (vocabulary studies; corpus linguistics; English for Academic Purposes)
  • Staff profile for Yen Dang

Leeds Social Sciences Institute

Cheryl Harris

School of Law

Dr Jill Dickinson

  • Associate Professor in Law
  • Areas of interest: Student Education (particularly Learning Spaces and Belonging)' Land Law; Tort Law
  • Staff profile for Jill Dickinson

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Sahla Aroussi

Professor Cristina Stefan


Alumni and Supporter Engagement

Sarah Wilson


Liz Wilmshurst

  • Head of student communications and engagement
  • Areas of interest: Mentoring, change leadership, coaching, communications.

Digital Education Service

Rachel Hartshorne (Arts, Humanities & Cultures)

Dr Megan Kime

  • Interim Director of Digital Education Service
  • Areas of interest: Strategic management, Team leadership, Online learning, Student education, Service design and delivery, Evaluation and continuous improvement

Hayley Whitefoot (Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences)

Catherine Wilkinson (Leeds University Business School)

  • Digital Education Enhancement Manager (Business)
  • Areas of interest: Digital education, digital capabilities, education

Facilities Directorate

Louise Newsham

  • Senior Residences Manager
  • Areas of interest: Health and Safety is my main area of expertise in terms of my career up until this point. However, my areas of interest lie in wellbeing, safety and health. And how we need to develop our wellbeing strategies and processes so they are the same as how we approach health and safety.


Sally Hall

  • Head of Finance
  • Areas of interest: Commercial Leadership, Finance Business Partnering, Planning and Forecasting, Performance Monitoring, Developing high performance teams

Dionne Walker

Finance/Research and Innovation Service

Kiara Barker

Clair Webster

Human Resources

Heather Swinsco

International Office

Julia Wang

  • Head of International Market Development
  • Areas of interest: Overseas market development


Bex Cattran

  • IT Operational Lead
  • Areas of interest: Career development, creativity, networking

Bhavani Darjipati

Monica Jones

Louise Marr

Andrea Rylands

  • IT Governance Manager for Leeds Institute of Data Analytics
  • Areas of interest: IT Security

Polly Spooner

Jenny Tompflitt


Sally Dalton

Maddy Mossman

Dr Lianne Stennett

  • Research Metrics Adviser
  • Areas of interest: Responsible use of research metrics, data analysis and interpretation, data visualisation, open research, management and leadership, library support and teaching

Organisational Development & Professional Learning

Katie Leeman

Dr Kate Richardson

  • Academic Development Consultant
  • Areas of interest: Student education, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), PedR, assessment, mentoring and coaching
  • Staff profile for Kate Richardson

Quality Assurance

Monica Facchinello

Research and Innovation Service

Kate Langton

  • Research & Innovation Development Manager
  • Areas of interest: Impact, knowledge exchange, innovation, commercialisation

Gaynor Miller

  • Research Culture Manager
  • Areas of interest: researcher development and research culture

Faye Robinson

  • Head of Research Development
  • Areas of interest: Research and innovation funding and development

Dr Shona Smith

  • Research and Innovation Development Manager, Priestley International Centre for Climate
  • Areas of interest: Climate research and innovation development
  • Staff profile for Shona Smith


Catherine Cho

  • Head of Governance Support
  • Areas of interest: Corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance, institutional policies and procedures

Katie Engel

Student Education Service

Kate Bainbridge (Careers Service)

  • Work Placement Manager
  • Areas of interest: Experiential Learning, Business Development, Employer Engagement, Team management, coaching.

Lisa Beare (Global Opportunities)

Laura Clarke

Rachael McConville-Darwin (Admissions)

Claire Smith (Faculties of Biological Sciences and Medicine and Health)

  • Faculty Education Service Manager
  • Areas of interest: Management, leadership especially around people and change and service delivery

Louise Thornhill (LUBS)

  • Service Delivery Manager
  • Areas of interest: Professional service career development, Continuous Improvement, Change Management, Communications

Wellbeing, Safety and Health

Claire Copley

Katherine Wilson