Carole Conroy

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health

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Biography

I am a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and a member of the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre.  I have over 20 years’ experience in risk management within the private and public sector and have held or currently hold positions of esteem within external organizations including Chair of Manchester Occupational Health & Safety Group; Member of the Qualifications Working Party, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; External Academic Expert Panellist for the validation of MSc / BSc programmes and external examiner for BSc programmes.

Teaching

I currently lead masters programmes in Occupational Safety, Health and Well-being and Safety, Health and Environment, professionally orientated programmes accredited and recognized by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.  These internationally-recognised courses involve critical engagement with multi-disciplinary concepts which are of relevance to the theory and practice.  The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for professionals in the 21st century.  A feature of the courses is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study. Visiting professors and expert practitioners providing insight into leading edge practice.

I also contribute towards the teaching and delivery of modules and dissertations on the BSc Environmental Health / Management programme.

Research Interests

I have published in the fields of the scholarship of teaching and learning, the enhancement of employability skills and the promotion of well-being. My research interests particularly relate to the area of risk perception in contextual settings and public health ecology. Some of my research indicates that whilst people have positive experiences of engagement with the natural environment and that the associated risks are acceptable, anecdotal evidence indicates there is little engagement with the natural environment around their place of work.  This has important implications for public health policy.  I am presently working with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue on a Post Incident Research Programme examining the perception of risk of fire within non-fatal accidental fires in the home.

Qualifications and Memberships

Education:

Degrees (awarding body):

2007: PGCert Higher Education Practice and Research (University of Salford)

1995:  Dip In Advanced Studies Occupational Safety & Health (University of Salford)

1993: MSc Acoustics (University of Salford)

1989: BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences (University of Salford)

Professional Qualifications:

Chartered Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH)

Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CMCIEH)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Publications

Smith, J., Clark A., & Conroy C., 2013, ‘Mind Mapping: a research programme to inform fire prevention activities and target those most at risk to influence a reduction in accidental dwelling fires’.  Fire Risk Management March 2013.

Conroy, C & Weinberg, A & James, P & James, P 2011, 'Why don't you go for a walk at lunchtime when you know it's good for you?', Poster Exhibited at: British Psychological Society: Sustainable Well-Being, 10 Sept 2011, Wrexham., Wrexham, UK,

Savory, J & Berwick, D & Conroy, C 2011, Enhancing employability - an exploration of the potential of PDP to support individual professional development & employers' workforce development requirements, in: 'Education in a Changing Environment 6th International Conference. Creativity & Engagement in Higher Education', University of Salford, Salford, UK. Conference details: Education in a Changing Environment 6th International Conference. Creativity & Engagement in Higher Education. 6th-8th July 2011.

Savory, J & Conroy, C & Berwick, D 2010, 'The role of personal Development Planning (PDP) for employee sponsored students: an exploration of how PDP learning activities can support CPD and workforce development requirements ', Journal of Learning Development in HE :Special edition: researching and evaluating PDP and eportfolio

Savory, J & Berwick, D & Conroy, C 2010, How PDP provision for part-time students can best support the staff development outcomes required by sponsored employers, in: 'Centre for Recording Achievement. Researching and Evaluating PDP & e-Portfolio. The Second International Residential Seminar. 26-28 Apr 2010', Centre for Recording Achievement, Bolton, UK. Conference details: Centre for Recording Achievement. Researching and Evaluating PDP & e-Portfolio. The Second International Residential Seminar. 26-28 Apr 2010.

Rennie, D.,  Conroy, C & Griffiths, L 2009, Can Second Life offer a realistic learning environment in which students can develop real world skills, in: 'Can Second Life offer a realistic learning environment in which students can develop real world skills', University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK. Conference details: 5th Education in a changing Environment Conference. 15th-16th September 2009.