Academic Expert Profiles

Experts in the faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Our Health, Education and Life Sciences faculty has an abundance of academics with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching. Our experts range from healthcare professionals to sports coaches, all of whom have experience working in the industry they teach.

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Nicola Clarke

Nicola is a registered mental health nurse and is currently a senior lecturer with over two decades experience of learning and teaching at BCU, teaching reflection and reflective practice, academic skills, and mental health nursing.

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Jennie Carter

Jennie is a Performance Nutrition Practitioner who is passionate about applying sports nutrition knowledge into practice. She has 10 years’ experience of working within professional sport.

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Olatunde Aremu

Dr Aremu specialises in Health Economics and Management and Population health. Dr. Aremu completed doctoral training at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. He has more than 15 years of experience spanning MedTech consulting, Public Health, clinical practice and academia. 

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Tina Collins

Tina is a Senior Lecturer in Education. She is joint course lead of the Masters in Education (taught) programme.

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Jodie Bryant

Jodie has been a HCPC registered Physiotherapist since 2006 after graduating from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked predominantly in NHS settings, completing the majority of her clinical work in London at Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. 

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George Oguntala

Dr George Oguntala is a Course Leader and Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at Birmingham City University. He is the Leader of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster for Healthcare, Technology and Diseases

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Ayazullah Safi

Dr Ayazullah Safi holds research expertise and industry experience in education, public health, sports and exercise science and coaching, personal businesses, and an exceptional national and international media profile.

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Research Centres


The Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) is an inclusive research collective consisting of staff from the School of Education and Social Work, faculty and University colleagues and the Doctoral Research College.

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The Centre for Life and Sport Science (C-LaSS) is dedicated to interdisciplinary research between life sciences, biomedicine, sport physiology, psychology and performance.

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C-SCHaRR is a community of health and social care professionals, scholars and students who work together to identify, examine and implement evidence-based high-quality health and social care.

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