Neil joined the University of Salford in March 2017 as Dean of Students. In this role he will work across both academic and professional services on initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience. Neil will seek to build upon the work already started and facilitate further enhancements in learning and assessment as well as student support and guidance. In addition, as Dean of Students, Neil will lead on the relationship between the University and Students' Union to support the holistic student experience and harness the collaborative and co-creative energy of our students.
Before joining the University of Salford, Neil held the role of Head of Exercise and Sport Science and Associate Dean Learning Teaching and Quality Enhancement at Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Cheshire campus.
Neil worked at MMU for 24 years, becoming Head of Exercise and Sport Science in 2006 and serving as Acting Dean in 2014-15. He took a leading role in shaping university policy and practice across a wide range of areas affecting student experience and quality enhancement and has a clear passion for ensuring all students achieve their full potential.
A graduate of the Liverpool Polytechnic / John Moores University, where he also gained his PhD, Neil researches in the area of Spinal Mechanics and Pain Management and has published extensively on this subject. In addition, he conducts research into the biomechanics of jumping and the energetics of wheelchair propulsion and Paralympic sport.
Neil is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and former Chair of its Biomechanics Section and Education and Training Committee. He also holds governance roles with both the local NHS Foundation Hospital and University Technical College.
A life-long athlete, Neil still competes as well as working as a volunteer coach with his local athletics club in Crewe.