Advanced Care Research Centre

The Team: The Academy for Leadership and Training in Advanced Care

Meet the Team: Workpackage Two

Academy Project Manager - Kate Morris

Kate Morris

Kate Morris is the Project Manager for the ACRC Academy. Prior to this, she was Project Manager for ThermaSMART, an international research project with 18 partners on five continents. She also worked as Project Manager on the teaching response to Covid in the School of Engineering. She has a background in publishing, where she was a non-fiction editor for firms including HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, and was Publications Manager for the Basic Skills Agency, a national educational charity. 

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Academy Director - Professor Ian Underwood

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Ian Underwood is Professor of Electronic Displays in the School of Engineering where he is Deputy Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement, reflecting his current research focus on miniature sensor systems in a range of applications including biomedical and healthcare.

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Deputy Director - Professor Heather Wilkinson

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Heather Wilkinson is Professor of Dementia Practice and Participation and the director of the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia. She has a longstanding involvement in qualitative dementia research and activism and is also a trainee psychotherapist.

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Deputy Director - Professor Susan Shenkin

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Susan Shenkin is University of Edinburgh Reader, and NHS Lothian Consultant, in Geriatric Medicine. She is NRS Ageing Specialty Lead and co-chair of ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes), and her research focusses on the causes and impacts of ageing, particularly for people with dementia or delirium, and those who live in care homes.

She is an academic lead for New Models of Care and deputy director of the ACRC Academy.

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Academy Administrator - Rooney Smyth

Rooney Smyth

Rooney Smyth is the Academy Administrator for the ACRC. Rooney previously worked in communications for Australian Parliament House and administration for Body Safety Australia, gaining an interest in systems and process management. He later completed a research degree in English Literature at Deakin University and moved into freelance virtual administration and research assistance before coming to work for the ACRC.

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