Dr. Vicky Halliwell

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building, Room AD112.

Please email for an appointment.


Current positions

Deputy Dean


Vicky joined the University of Salford in 2001 as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy. During her time in the directorate she undertook teaching on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, the MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy, MSc Dementia: Care and Enabling Environments and the Professional Doctorate (Health and Social care). She also undertook several roles as Admissions Tutor, Year Manager and Programme leader. Having a special interest in teaching and learning and the education of health professionals she undertook a MSc in Education, Leadership and Management, then a Doctorate in Education and finally a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. In 2015 Vicky undertook the role of Associate Head Academic (Teaching and Learning) followed later that year by Associate Dean Academic in the School of Health Sciences. Vicky developed expertise in programme development and quality processes, supported the School to deliver exceptional student satisfaction and led engagement and collaboration with partners. Vicky also served a term of office on the Learning and Development Committee of the professional body the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and has served at 4 other Universities as an External Examiner.

In December 2017 Vicky took an interim Dean role in the School of Health Sciences leading the School through unification to form the current School of Health and Society. Her current role is Deputy Dean in the School of Health and Society where she leads on strategy, people, major change projects and campus developments. She line manages Directors and colleagues in School leadership roles. She is a Chair for Collaborative Partner Approval events particularly with international partners. Vicky led the Greater Manchester Allied Health Professions Council between 2018 - 2022 and leads on local and regional workforce strategies to ensure sufficient workforce supply in health and social care. She co led the development of the Greater Manchester Allied Health Strategy.

Post doctoral activity includes the supervision of health professionals undertaking MSc or Doctoral studies.


No current teaching due to role. Previous teaching includes:

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Dementia: Care and Enabling Environments
  • Professional Doctorate (Health and Social care)

Research Interests

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Identity
  • Professionalism
  • Workforce Development

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Doctorate in Education
  • Thesis Mapping Professionalism: A tale of two journeys
  • MSc Education
  • Leadership and Management Postgraduate
  • Certificate in Academic Practice
  • BSc Occupational Therapy


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • Registrant Health and Care Professions Council