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Great minds at Staffordshire University

Great minds don't think alike, and our academics prove that. You’ll learn from the greatest minds - world renowned in their fields they’re here to teach and support you in your academic achievement, helping open doors to successful careers.

Meet some of our academic team:

Professor Rune Todnem By

Professor Rune Todnem By

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Professor Todnem By is an internationally acknowledged leader in the fields of organisational change and leadership. He’s active in the latest research and publication as editor-in-chief of Routledge's Journal of Change Management and co-author and co-editor of books on organisational change, leadership, ethics and the public sector. Rune is one of the top published scholars on www.academia.edu.

We always ensure research and experience is fed back into the classroom and it's important that our students can interact with people who have advanced their subject area.

Professor Rune Todnem By

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Dr Caroline Sturdy-Colls

Professor Caroline Sturdy-Colls

Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation

Professor Sturdy Colls specialises in Holocaust studies and is the Research Lead at the Centre of Archaeology, teaching forensic archaeology, techniques in the identification of human remains and various aspects of crime scene investigation. As part of her research, she completed the first archaeological surveys at Treblinka in Poland. Caroline's research has gained international media attention and has featured in TV documentaries and radio in Europe and the USA.

We want to give students the chance to participate in cutting-edge practical work that’ll make them stand out to employers.

Dr Caroline Sturdy-Colls

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Karen Rodham

Dr Karen Rodham

Professor of Health Psychology 

Professor Rodham has been an academic for over 20 years, combined with seven years as a health psychologist in the NHS. She’s an expert in the field of chronic pain. Her research focus is understanding how people cope with complex and chronic health-related issues. Karen is former Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology.

Our students benefit from being taught by experts who are actively engaged in the development of their research fields.

Dr Karen Rodham

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Dr Claude Chibelushi

Dr Claude Chibelushi

Professor of Cognitive Digital Media Computing

Professor Chibelushi has worked his way to the top of his field in Electronic Engineering. He was part of a team that developed ground-breaking technology enabling computers to understand the content of pictures and videos. Rated the best technology of its kind in the world, Spectral-360 is built into monitoring software that was used by UK police forces and Transport for London.

His current work includes advanced research to produce next-generation software for self-driving motor vehicles, in collaboration with world-leading companies such as BMW.

It's important for us to be able to create knowledge, not just reuse and rehash what we already know about the world.

Dr Claude Chibelushi

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Dr Elizabeth Boath

Dr Elizabeth Boath

Professor of Health and Wellbeing

Dr Elizabeth Boath’s work has contributed to teaching excellence and academic leadership. She is the Research Lead for the School of Health and Social Care. Her research work includes perinatal mental health and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce academic stress in students

Liz’s outstanding contribution to teaching led to a National Teaching Fellow. Her innovative contribution to service user and carer involvement in healthcare and education has also won five national awards. She’s a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Liz publishes in leading journals and has co-authored a range of books and book chapters. She’s delivered presentations at many national and international conferences.

We are proud of our continuous improvement in standards of teaching at Staffordshire University and providing the support students need to meet their full potential.

Dr Elizabeth Boath

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Ian Brown

Ian Brown

Professor of Fine Art

Professor Brown is an active practitioner and his work has been reviewed in Art Monthly, The Guardian and Artforum, where it was Critics' Choice.

He curated and received critical acclaim for a touring exhibition - Trying To Cope With Things That Aren't Human (Part One). Making up one-third of the collaborative artists' group Common Culture, Ian has exhibited a range of inter-disciplinary artworks across Europe, Asia and North America.

With the University's Fine Art team, Ian has inspired many success stories including setting-up Stoke-on-Trent's first contemporary art gallery and being selected for the prestigious John Moore's Painting Prize.

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Nachiappan Chockalingam

Nachiappan Chockalingam

Professor of Clinical Biomechanics

Professor Chockalingam directs our Biomechanics facility. He’s a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and a member of various professional organisations.

Nachiappan leads several research projects in the design, manufacture and clinical interventions of using orthoses. These include a large European Union-funded research project on diabetic foot and footwear looking at the development of an integrated system for foot assessment.

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Dr Sita Bali

Dr Sita Bali

Head of Department, Humanities and Performing Arts

Dr Sita Bali's interests lie in the politics of South Asia - particularly India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Sita is also interested in the politics of international migration and refugee movements, as well as security studies - particularly migration and security issues and their impact. Her publications include articles on Indian politics and various aspects of international migration.

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Dr Mohamed Sedky

Dr Mohamed Sedky

Senior Lecturer in Computer Networks and Security

Dr Mohamed Sedky was Technical Director of Adaptive Video Analytic (AVA) Technologies Ltd, producing some of the best solutions in the world and used by police forces throughout the UK. Advancing on CCTV technologies, a system developed by Staffordshire University can track objects, analyse them and even report anything suspicious. Using a sophisticated model that can replicate the capabilities of the human eye, it is already proving valuable in law enforcement.

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Professor Wilf McSherry

Wilf McSherry

Professor in Nursing   

Professor McSherry has had a career in nursing primarily within acute hospital care. He has international recognition for his work in the areas of spirituality and dignity and has published several books and many articles addressing different aspects of the spiritual dimension such as educational issues, and spiritual assessment.

Wilf is a founding and executive member of the British Association for The Study of Spirituality (BASS) and a Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing for his unique contribution to nursing in the areas of spirituality and dignity.

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Torfeh Sadat-Shafai

Torfeh Sadat-Shafai

Professor of Physical Electronics

Professor Sadat-Shafai initially joined Staffordshire University in 1982. In 2001 he left to take up the Chair of Professor of General Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg and returned in 2003 to work as the Director of the Thin Films Laboratory. He was appointed Professor of Physical Electronics in 2008 and Elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2012. His research interests lie in investigating electrical and transport properties of thin films of organic semiconductors for device applications such as sensors, TFTs, OLEDs, and photovoltaic technology. Since the early 1980s, he has conducted various research projects concerning the characterisation of small molecule such as metal substituted Phthalocyanine, polymers and methods of device fabrications.

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Dr Abdel-Hamid Soliman

Dr Abdel-Hamid Soliman

Associate Professor in Telecommunications and Signal Processing

Dr Soliman has a multi-disciplinary academic/research experience in digital signal processing, telecommunications, data acquisition systems, wireless sensor networks (WSN) and image/video processing. As well as his research activities, he is involved in several enterprise projects and consultancy activities for national and international companies and is leading and involved in several European-funded projects.

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Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani

Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani

Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems

Professor Gohari Darabkhani has over 17 years of industrial and academic work experience in the fields of clean energy systems, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), combined heat and power (CHP) systems, gas turbine power cycles and oil & gas engineering. His PhD research work was directly related to problems currently faced by the energy and automotive industries, where elevated pressures and variable fuel and air flow rates lead to combustion instabilities and enhanced pollutant formation. He joined Staffordshire University in 2016 and became Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems in 2018. From his research projects, he has so far published over 45 journal papers, chapter books, online reports and conference papers.

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