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Academic expertise

Academic expertise

Our academic staff are essential to the ongoing success of Kingston and St George’s. They are experts in their fields, each bringing a vast amount of experience from their chosen profession to their teaching. Many of our staff are research-active, undertaking important work to improve our students’ learning experience and the outcomes of patients and service users within health, social care and education in the UK and abroad.

Each of our staff have a unique story and their own set of achievements within their specialist field. Use the drop down finder to hear about the expertise of our academics.

If you’re looking for specific information about a team member, visit our Staff page.

Tony Dennis

Tony Dennis

Diagnostic Radiography

I decided to go into academia from being in practice (I worked as a qualified radiographer for five years before I made the decision) because I felt that helping a small group of people was all well and good but I wanted to have a greater impact. I have always enjoyed teaching, and an opportunity arose and I have never looked back. Read more…

Jane Lindsay

Jane Lindsay

Social Work

I believe that as a professional, you need to practice, you need to research your practice, and you need to educate others in your practice and help them become a professional. I have a great job; I can do all those things. Read more…

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Early Years

My interest in early years education started as a children’s nurse with very young babies who were critically ill, who had so much resilience and yet desire to live and build relationships, and so I’ve had an ongoing interest across a whole range of professions. I’ve had a long professional career now in finding out how children do learn and develop, and so I’ve come into academia since 1993 when I was involved in a research project on preventing and responding to bullying in schools. Read more…

Lana Lowrey

Lana Lowrey

Therapeutic radiography

My personal interest in the field of radiography is within the patient journey. I think a good radiographer is one where the patient goes home and doesn’t remember that they’ve had radiotherapy that day; it doesn’t take over their lives and it’s about being able to do our job effectively and well, whilst maintaining control with the patient. Read more…

Paul Newcombe

Paul Newcombe

Adult nursing

My clinical background as an adult nurse is in accident and emergency, and I have interests in major trauma and acute medicine, and those are the areas which I tend to specialise in with my teaching. I’ve published some chapters on those topics as well. Read more…

Martyn Keen

Martyn Keen

Mental health nursing

The reason I came into mental health nursing is it’s a fascinating, rewarding job to be in. By coming into academia, it allowed me to have access to a larger population that will have a positive influence on changes in mental health care for the future. Read more…

Patricia Griffin

Patricia Griffin

Learning disability nursing

One of my key areas of interest is the progression of learning disability nursing students to become competent practitioners. I also enjoy working with mentors, ensuring they have the right skills and approaches to be able to adequately support the students, but competently assess them. Read more…

Ian Beith

Iain Beith

Physiotherapy

I’m passionate about developing other people, whether it be the students or staff, that’s a real special interest for me. What I enjoy most about my role is helping people to develop their skills for their future roles. Read more…

Cheryl Whiting

Cheryl Whiting

Masters of Research in clinical practice (PG)

I’m passionate about teaching students on this programme because the students themselves are passionate about the work that they do. I get a sense that they really care about their patients and they want to make a difference through the research they undertake. It’s very rewarding to see students develop and grow, and gain confidence to become very proficient researchers. Read more…

Mary Brady

Mary Brady

Children’s nursing

I have been interested in children’s ideas of the concept of the ‘good nurse’ for a long time. I think as professionals, we’ve all got our own ideas about what a good nurse should be like, but I wanted to find out what children felt, so I researched it for my masters degree. Read more…

Jayne Price

Jayne Price

Children’s nursing

My background is in children’s oncology, so I’ve cared for children with cancer for many years, and their families. This led me into my other interest which is palliative care, so those children who cannot be cured – they enter the palliative phase of illness and unfortunately some pass away which is a stark reality, and I’ve been heavily involved in this phase. Read more…

Judi Curtis

Judi Curtis

Breast screening, diagnosis and care

Within my career, I’ve been fortunate to be able to specialise in the areas I find most interesting. Breast screening is an area I’m passionate about; and I’m always pleased to receive positive feedback from students on our courses. The programmes we run here at KU SGUL are innovative – we were the first place in the country to offer foundation degree in breast imaging for assistant practitioners – and they’re supportive. Read more…

Anne-Marie Hassenkamp

Anne-Marie Hassenkamp

Applied exercise for health

I trained in physiotherapy in Germany and worked in Africa for a while, then came to Britain and worked in many different areas. I’m torn between being a physician and an academic; over the years, I’ve done quite a bit of both! Read more…

Gill Mein

Gill Mein

Rehabilitation science

One of the things I enjoy most as an academic at KU SGUL is that my work is very practical and it’s very applied; you deal with real people. I love having students, particularly the mature ones, develop and gain in confidence throughout the programme and achieve something that they might have thought at one stage they couldn’t do. Read more…

Mary Chambers

Mary Chambers

Centre for Public Engagement

The purpose of the Centre for Public Engagement is to lead, champion and develop the patient and public involvement activities within the Faculty in research, education, workforce development and service improvement. I have to say that I have found KU SGUL to be one of the most welcoming, supportive and interesting places I have ever worked. Read more…

Vari Drennan

Vari Drennan

Centre for Health and Social Care research

At KU SGUL we offer a range of research degrees; we’re particularly focused at professionals who want to further their research activities. We offer doctoral research and masters research programmes, in full and part time modes. Read more…

Yasmin Mukadam

Yasmin Mukadam

Early years education

When I left school, I was looking for a career that would excite and interest me, and I looked at becoming a teacher, so it’s been of interest from a very young age. I worked in early years settings, at schools and nurseries and I now work with students in training and development roles here at Kingston and St George’s. Read more…

Susan Watson

Susan Watson

Working with children and young people

What I most enjoy about my role is seeing the development of students from the time they come, quite anxiously and lacking in confidence to the university, to fully formed graduates who are ready to step out into the workplace or take on further study at a masters’ level. Read more…

Penny Smith

Penny Smith

Learning Disability Nursing

I see my career as having been in two parts. I spent 18 years as a community learning disability nurse and there were many highlights in that role, but I think it’s some of the work I did with service users, particularly working with families of children who had just been diagnosed, over a number of years and seeing the child develop, it was that long term work that I did that I really enjoyed. Read more…

Wilson Muleya

Wilson Muleya

Social work

The highlight of my career so far has been students coming back to me and telling me that the things I explained in the lectures didn’t make sense, but that they applied that theory in practice and it worked and they finally understood it. Read more…

Gita Ramdharry

Gita Ramdharry

Rehabilitation Sciences

I’m an associate professor on my research basis, so I research rehabilitation strategies for people with neuro-muscular conditions, I also teach the undergrad physiotherapy course, and I supervise masters and PhD research at Kingston and St George’s. Read more…

Julie Hendry

Julie Hendry

Therapeutic Radiography

I’m the course director for the undergraduate programme of therapeutic radiography at Kingston and St George’s. I think it’s important that we make the course more challenging and inspirational for students, and the way I like to think I do that is by acting as a role model to them, to be a radiographer that they inspire to be. Read more…

Rita White

Early Years Education

When I first trained to be a teacher, I trained as a primary teacher and spent my first two years of my career working with junior children. By chance, a nursery post came up and I ended up working there, which was my first opportunity to experience early years teaching. Read more…

Daryl Maisey

Daryl Maisey

Early years

I was a qualified teacher and working in schools, and became involved in working in a nursery and absolutely fell in love with working with the child and the extended family. Read more…

Carmel Blackie

Carmel Blackie

Rehabilitation Sciences

My specialist area is primary and community care and I have a big interest in child and family health. I manage specialist lecturers and we have people with experience in public health, acute adult care interfacing with the community and more. Read more…

Leontia Pillay

Leontia Pillay

Early years

My own specialist areas really relate to public health, and the impact on the woman, her family and also maternity services. Public health is very high in the government agenda and we really need to start looking at issues with regards to domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, mental health issues and obesity. Read more…

Annette Boaz

Annette Boaz

PhD co-ordinator

One of the things we would say about studying a PhD anywhere is that it’s a challenging pursuit. A PhD is not to be entered into lightly but it does bring great rewards. Read more…