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Leeds Beckett Staff

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Jane South is Professor of Healthy Communities at the School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University, where she leads a research programme that links research, education and public engagement around the theme of community health and active citizenship with a focus on lay health workers and volunteer roles in public health. Jane started her professional life as a nurse, before moving into health promotion research. She has built a portfolio of community health research and publications, along with evaluation and planning frameworks for public health practice. Jane leads the development of the CommUNIty initiative.
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Mark Gamsu is a Professor at Leeds Beckett University and has a strong interest in the relationship between citizenship, inequality and wellbeing. He is also on the board of a number of voluntary organisations in Sheffield and is a Director of Citizens Advice. Mark has many years’ experience in health and social care at community, district, regional and national levels, including leading on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments policy when working for the Department of Health. Mark runs a regular blog on citizenship and health – ( Mark leads the development of the policy and practice workshops.
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Sally Foster is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Leeds Beckett University, with an interest in health and health promotion. As well as having many years of teaching experience in higher education, Sally has also worked in the voluntary sector as an ante-natal teacher and breastfeeding counsellor. She is currently developing links with Hamara around student involvement through volunteering and placements.

Susan Coan is a Research Officer in health promotion research in the School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University. Susan began her career in the biomedical sciences before spending many years as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages and then moving into social research. Susan leads on community engagement and widening participation for the CommUNIty initiative and leads the Community Learning Course. Susan works on a wide range of research projects connected to improving the health and wellbeing of marginalised communities and promotes learning opportunities for groups who are under-represented in higher education.

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