Carole Conroy

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building Room G29

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Current positions

Reader, Occupational Safety, Health, & Wellbeing


Carole is committed to advancing best practice in learning and teaching both within the University and in the wider, global academic and industrial community. A Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, she first graduated as an Environmental Health Officer. With 14 years of industry experience, her values, purpose, and passion for the work environment’s contribution to protecting and sustaining health led her to seek career opportunities within higher education.  

Joining Salford in 2003, she is the programme leader for the suite of MSc Environment and Health programmes accredited by IOSH and IEMA in the School of Science, Engineering & Environment (GEM).

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, her contribution to practice in learning, teaching, and assessment, is situated in the interface of academia, professional, statutory, and regulatory bodies, and industry. She led significant globally impactful programme and curriculum design as part of her work on the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Professional Standards Committee, appeal panels, and education working parties enhancing global standards, ensuring that systems used globally by the professional body were fair and transparent, and importantly, in keeping with the most up to date practice on diversity and inclusion. IOSH is the only chartered professional body for occupational safety and health, working in over 130 countries worldwide, with a membership of around 49,000 members.

Carole is an experienced, prominent external examiner and validation panel member, nationally and internationally.  In collaboration with SPD, she chairs our annual health and safety conference, an influential attraction within the H&S events calendar.  Now sitting on the University Senate Learning & Teaching Committee, Carole has previously served on School learning, teaching, enhancement committees; teaching development groups; employability; and technology-enhanced learning working groups. Carole is passionate about advancing academic excellence and instigated and led a school-wide programme leader (PL) mentoring scheme to the development of new programme leaders.

In recognition of her contribution to and innovation of teaching and learning Carole was proposed for, and greatly honoured to receive, the prestigious Institute of Occupational Safety and Health President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2017, one of only a few such awarded in any one year. 

Areas of research

Hand-Arm Vibration, Risk Perception


I have led MSc programmes in Safety, Health and Environment Management for 13 years at the University of Salford.   These are professionally orientated programmes accredited and recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.  Internationally recognised, these 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 contribute towards the teaching and delivery of modules and supervision of dissertations on the BSc Environmental Management programme and other programmes across the School where specialist input on Occupational Safety & Health is required.

I am also the license holder on behalf of the University for IOSH accredited training, working with colleagues in HR to deliver courses to those with responsibility for managing aspects of safety across the University.

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.  

Research interests particularly relate to hand-arm vibration in an occupational setting and the area of risk perception in contextual settings and public health ecology. 

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PG Cert Higher Education Practice and Research (University of Salford)
  • Dip In Advanced Studies Occupational Safety & Health (University of Salford)
  • MSc Acoustics (University of Salford)
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences (University of Salford)
Professional Qualifications
  • Institute of Acoustics, Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement
  • Institute of Acoustics, Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment


  • Chartered Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH)
  • Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CMCIEH)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)