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Staff clock up 100 years between them

Posted on 7 June 2023

Four members of staff from the Department will receive their long service awards tonight for 25 years service.

Professor Kate Flemming, Dr Jerome Wright, Sandi Newby and Diane Stockdale have all worked in the department since 1998 and will receive their long service awards at a ceremony tonight.

Professor Kate Flemming is Head of Department for Health Sciences and is a highly experienced academic and a Registered Nurse. Kate is internationally renowned for her methodological research in Qualitative Evidence Synthesis and work with the Cochrane Collaboration. Clinically, Kate leads by example through her pioneering leadership and research in Palliative Care within hospice and community settings, which has a particular focus on inclusion health and equity of access to services. 


Dr Jerome Wright is a registered adult and mental health nurse and lectures across the Department’s nursing and public health programmes. He has experience working in a variety of hospital and community health care settings in the UK, including as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in HIV and mental health. As a researcher Jerome has led mental health research and community health projects in Africa and South Asia, including winning Oxfam’s Susie Smith Memorial Prize for work with young people with HIV/AIDS in Malawi, and in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan examining opportunities for the integration of mental health care into non-communicable disease programmes. 

Sandi Newby started in the department as a Research Secretary supporting several researchers and their projects. She is now the Group Administrator for Health Services and Policy and PA to Professor Brian Ferguson, NIHR PHR Programme Director. Sandi also supports the Research Committee, Research Governance Committee, Honorary Sub-Group Committee, Contract Researchers Forum Committee and is also the centre administrator for CHaPS (Centre for Health and Population Sciences), Hull York Medical School.


Diane Stockdale works within the Student and Academic Support Service team. She is responsible for administering the department’s postgraduate research (PGR) programmes and the PG Cert in Health Research and Statistics, from induction through to completion. She services the Postgraduate Research Degrees Committee and the Postgraduate Student/Staff Forum. In addition, she supports the wider team and responds to enquiries from students and staff. 


Kate said: “It is an honour to receive this award alongside some fantastic colleagues and I’d like to congratulate Jerome, Sandi and Di on this great achievement and to thank them for their collegiality, friendship and support over the last 25 years.”