Vicki is a Development Manager responsible for various cross-university initiatives, broadly concerning health and social care. She supports the department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies and is also Business Lead for the university’s unit for Health and Social Care Evaluations (HASCE), which delivers a range of commissioned research and scoping studies to external partners.

Her multifaceted role involves working with university staff, whilst also working closely with external partners (third, public and private sector). The overarching aim of these activities is to ensure that, as a university, we meet the needs of our partners and locality, whilst continuing to grow, innovate and challenge - as is the broad role of the higher education sector in the UK.

Vicki has worked in other universities including Northumbria and Newcastle, and also as a consultant. These roles have tended to be research-led and heavily client focussed, working directly with the British government, police forces, local authorities, NHS and a number of other organisations.

Vicki was programme evaluator for an international ESF funded project (Reports found here)looking at graduate employability, and also held roles in the third sector and newspaper industry.  

Aside from remunerated roles, Vicki has held a number of voluntary board positions with organisations including Nightstop and Grace Rape Crisis Northumberland.

Qualifications and memberships

MPhil, Newcastle University, funded by the ESRC to consider the role of learning (including Higher Education) on socio-economic development in a spatial area (the North East region).

First Class BSc (Combined Hons) Sociology & Philosophy of Education, Northumbria University

National Council for the Training of Journalists



Academic and research interests

Sociology of knowledge

Spatialised effects of learning

The role of HE in regional development

Social exclusion and marginalisation

Innovative research methodologies