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International Women’s Day 2019

We are extremely proud to have an institution full of inspirational people! To celebrate our 180 year anniversary and International Women’s Day, we have recreated a photo from 180 years ago with current inspirational staff and students and have listed the reasons below.

1. Dr Lucie Clements

Senior Lecturer for Psychology

Lucy primarily lectures in psychology, but also teaches on the Dance Science degree. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has published in Journal of Dance Education.

2. Natasha Kerven

Employer Opportunities Coordinator

Natasha works in the Careers and Employability team, and has supported the relaunch of the Careers Centre. Her role has meant increased opportunities for students and more access to careers services. Natasha helps bring employers onto campus to work with students through one to one meetings and careers fairs. She has climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and will be tackling Toubkal in Morocco this year.

3. Alison Woodward

Deputy Head of Music, Senior Lecturer

Alison is the Deputy Head of Music with a focus on the quality of student experience in the Music department. She regularly performs in a variety of orchestral and chamber ensembles and has recorded for several films, including one which won the Caligari Prize in the Berlin Film Festival.

4. Dr Margaret Guise

  • Associate Lecturer in Theology
  • Quality Officer for the Institute of Humanities and Arts, and the Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences
  • Research Associate for the Iris Murdoch Research Centre

Margaret was the first student to receive a PhD awarded by the University of Chichester. She now teaches modules on ‘Salution, Trinity and Church’ on our Theology degree, and is the course tutor in Doctrine for Ministerial formation programme run under by Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

5. Dr Esther Burkitt

Reader in Developmental Psychology (Lifespan Development)

Esther has conducted research into emotional development, as well as exploring the benefits of non-verbal expression. You can find out more about her research on children’s drawings at children.chi.ac.uk.

6. Emma Button

Associate Lecturer and Instrumental Tutor

Alumna Emma has been conducting the University brass band for 7 years after graduating in 2012 in BA (Hons) Music. She helped the University Brass Band win the UniBrass 2019 Shield, winning catagories in Best March, Best Section (Basses), Best Soloist (Trombone) and Overall.

7. Vanessa Church

Enhanced Student Experience Team Coordinator

Vanessa works as part of the dedicated student support team. She has worked at the university for 6 six years and her job includes supporting the SAM system and data protection with student support. Vanessa has helped Students’ Union Officer Sandy Newman create mature and part-time student coffee mornings.

8. Dr Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Reader in Social Policy and Social Work, Head of Social Work

Kish has a research focus on social work, race and racism with particular interest in ethnically sensitive research methodologies and theories.  This has led to a number of publications which have questioned professional ideologies and beliefs, responses to child abuse within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families, cultural racism, anti-Muslim racism and Islamophobia.

9. Dr Lucy Piggott

Research Fellow (Women and Sport)

Lucy is the coordinator of the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy and is a member of the Operational Management Group of the Anita White Foundation. She led on the development and launch of the Women and Sport: The ChangeMakers project which is an online resource that celebrates the lives and work of women and sport activist. Lucy is currently studying a PhD in gender equality in sports leadership at Chichester.

10. Dr. Jordan Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Business and Coaching

Jordan has an expertise focus on women and sport, and gained his PhD at Chichester. He was an expert consultant on two global research projects commissioned by the International Working Group on Women and Sport from 2012-2014 and 2016-2018. Jordan is the coordinator and strategy group member of the Anita White Foundation, chair of the local organising committee for the annual Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) and founder of the Women and Sport timeline.

11. Isabel Ashdown

Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Isabel’s writing career was first launched when she won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition in 2008, with judges describing her work as ‘magnificent.’  The completed novel, Glasshopper (Myriad Editions), went on to be named among the Best Books of 2009 by both the Observer and the London Evening Standard.  She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chichester, where she previously studied as a mature student, gaining a First Class BA (Hons) English followed by a Masters in Creative Writing with Distinction.

12. Anne Elliott

Students’ Union General Manager

The Students’ Union has a close working relationship with the University and helps provide an exceptional student experience. Anne works tirelessly to support students and always has an open door policy. She helps with the day to day running of the Students’ Union to put on daily events and provide academic and welfare support to all students.

13. Sandy Newman

Mature and Part-Time Student Representative

Sandy is currently in her third year of BA (Hons) Philosophy and Ethic alongside being a mum of five. Within her role she liaises between the Students’ Union and the University to represent the unique needs of mature and part-time students. Sandy works closely with Vanessa Church to set up a weekly mature and part-time students coffee morning.

14. Liz George

Head of Employability

Liz has transformed our Employability team and relaunched the Careers Centre in February 2019. She introduced the Careers hot desk on both campuses to allow students to have maximised access to careers services. Her team regularly puts on career fairs to help students engage with businesses on campus recruiting for part-time, summer and graduate jobs.

15. Lissie Whitaker

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lissie feels very fortunate to be leading HR Services and the areas of professional and organisational development, occupational health and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusivity. Throughout her career within and outside of the education sector she has been able to lead on the areas of environment and sustainable development, occupational health and safety, staff training, reward and people strategies and to advise on complex HR issues including employment law.

“Caring and compassionate people make up our workforce and my role enables me to be in contact with interesting,  talented and engaged people occupying many different roles across the University.  It really is the best role to have!”

16. Professor Jane Longmore


Professor Longmore is Chair of the Sussex Learning Network, Director of the University Vocational Awards Council and Co-Convenor of the HE Employer Apprenticeship trailblazer, a national consortium of over 100 higher education institutions and related organisations.

Her keen interest in pedagogy is reflected in her active engagement with the Higher Education Academy and her membership of the Expert Group advising on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, as well as co-chairmanship of the most recent QAA Subject Benchmarking Group for History. She also serves as a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers.

Professor Longmore has an established record of research and scholarship. She is a Professor of Urban History, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Historical Association for her ‘outstanding’ contribution to history.

17. Dr Sarah Needham-Beck

Research Fellow – Occupational Performance Research Group

Sarah currently serves as a reservist as a communications operator with 71 (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment. She received MSc and PhD in Dance Science from Trinity Laban, and teaches on the Dance Science degree. Within her role within OPRG she is currently working on a research project with the British Army. Sarah currently serves on the Promotion Committee and as advisor to the Student Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

18. Professor Catherine Harper

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Catherine’s chief responsibilities include the development, promotion and championship of the distinctiveness, quality and profile of the University, and overall academic leadership and active management of the University and its academic departments, staff and resources. She is the University’s Prevent Lead, the Senior Institutional Contact for both HEFCE and Senior QAA, as well as Authorising Officer for the University’s Tier 2/4/5 licenses, and has been Institutional Lead for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Year 2. Catherine holds a PhD in Composite Textile Engineering (supported by Ford Motors), is Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge journal TEXTILE: Cloth & Culture, and author/edited the four volume Textiles: Critical and Primary Sources for Bloomsbury (2012). Catherine’s sculpture, performance and public arts practice has been exhibited in UK and Ireland, the US and Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Finland and Japan.

19. Sophie Egleton

University Secretary

Sophie’s role is to safeguard the University’s reputation for good governance practice, as well as ensuring the timely and effective flow of information between the Chief Executive’s Team, the Academic Board and the Board of Governors and their respective sub-committees. She is currently completing a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Governance and Law at University of Portsmouth whilst working full-time at the University.

20. Kiera Smitheram

BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance student and University Blogger

Kiera regularly posts blogs to showcase her student experience and help give advice to prospective students on Chi Life. She is the Vice President of the Chichester Young Rotary Club and an Apprentice Lecturer in Opera Studies. Kiera will soon be performing in four operas in four months as part of her course.

21. Rebecca Harte

BA (Hons) Fine Art student

Rebecca is in her third year of BA (Hons) Fine Art and successfully runs the social media account for the Fine Art department. Her art work includes performance based art practice ‘The Everyday’ and ‘Cultural Experience’.

22. Dr Antonina Perreira

Head of Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences

Reader in Psychology (Research Methods, Cognition and Neuroscience)

Antonina has been published in the journal Neuropsychology for research surrounding failing prospective memory and early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. She has published a book and several articles in high impact, internationally excellent peer reviewed journals. Antonina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

23. Shirley Chubb

Reader in Interdisciplinary Art

Shirley is the BA and MA Programme Coordinator in Fine Art. Her research focuses on broadening the reach and communicative potential of visual art. Shirley has contributed papers and presentations to a range of conferences within the visual arts research environment as well as to the fields of walking based research, photography and archive research, museum studies, narrative research and the philosophy and history of science.

24. Professor Fiona Price

Professor of English Literature

Fiona has written widely on historical fiction, women’s writing, and the aesthetics of political change. She is the author of two monographs:

  • Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott (Edinburgh, 2016)
  • Revolutions in Taste 1773 – 1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism (Ashgate, 2009)

Fiona is the founding member of the Chichester Romantiscm and 18th Century Seminar Series, which aims to provide a dynamic research environment for staff and postgraduates working in the long eighteenth century. She co-ordinates the undergraduate modules ‘Restoration to Romanticism’, ‘Genre Prose Fiction’, and ‘Gothic, Romanticism and Women’s Writing’, as well as ‘Visions of the Real’ on our MA.

25. Lee Powers

General Manager – Elior Group

Lee is the General Manager for the Elior Group, who provide all of our catering across both campuses. As part of her managerial role, she manages six units with a total of 80 staff. Under her leadership Elior have introduced theme days, specialist meals and grown their social media channels to promote their products.

 26. Holly Hart

Apprenticeship Manager

Holly has developed and manages a growing portfolio of 12 apprenticeships at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She supports local businesses to utilise apprenticeships for recruitment and retention, and acts as a mentor to other HEIs looking to develop apprenticeships within their institutions. She has previously worked on sports events, including Rugby World Cup, Netball World Cup and Athletics World Championships.

27. Jennie White

  • Programme Co-ordinator for BA Marketing, BSc Digital Marketing and MSc Digital Marketing
  • Senior Lecturer, Marketing. Programme Coordinator BA Marketing, BSc Digital Marketing (full time and apprenticeship routes, MSc Digital Marketing)

Jennie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is an award winning – outstanding contribution to student learning, Lecturer of the Year 2017 and Innovation in Teaching 2018. Jennie has previously spoken at a European conference about her pioneering use of video-streaming software Panopto to enhance her students’ learning experience.

28. Edel Quin

Programme Leader for Dance Science

Edel is a long-standing member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), where she founded the Student Committee.  Her co-authored book, Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective, was published in 2015 by Human Kinetics and has been adopted as a key text on dance courses around the world. She is on the editorial panels for peer-reviewed journals such as Frontiers in Psychology and Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. In recent years she has also taught at institutions such the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Hong Kong), University of Wyoming (USA), University of Bern (Switzerland), Beijing Dance Academy (China) and University of Limerick (Ireland). Edel is one of three people in the UK that has competed the Empowering DanceTM tutor training programme.

29. Laura Ritchie

Professor of Learning and Teaching

Laura facilitated University of Chichester to become the first UK Educational Affliate of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. She has composed, performed and recorded film score for the documentary ‘Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay’. Laura has recently returned from performing in a small club in Hollywood with two students and Head of Jazz Nick Reynolds.

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Date published

07 Mar 2019

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