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Academic Biography

PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds, with a lecturing career at Hull and Sheffield Hallam Universities (1999 - 2010). Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and formerly HPC registered (Health Psychology).

At Sheffield I was Programme Director for MSc Health Psychology and Principal Lecturer (PL) Business Development for Psychology. I then held two PL roles concurrently in the Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics as Business Development Lead and Markets and Recruitment Lead, responsible for student recruitment, KT and consultancy. I worked with the Food Industry in relation to healthy food choices, and was instrumental in developing Psychology Innovations, re: the psychology of creativity and innovation, and its useful impact in both commercial and social enterprise ventures.

I started as Assistant Dean in the School of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University in October 2010 to provide a strategic lead for the Marketing and Recruitment portfolio, including taught UG and PG recruitment, and building the successful marketing of the broader offer – including WFD/CPD, Research/Enterprise and Consultancy. From August 2014 I led on Portfolio Development, with a focus on the merger with Teesside University Business School. I was appointed as Associate Dean (Business) in Social Sciences, Business and Law in March 2016, and led Business during its 'virtual' relaunch in May 2016 to its decoupling from the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law in August 2017. I then briefly undertook the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) role in the new Business School as it established its initial senior team.

I returned to Social Sciences, Humanities and Law in January 2018 as AD (Learning and Teaching) leading that portfolio across four academic Departments (8 distinct subject groupings) before moving to AD (Marketing and Recruitment) in September 2019 to lead on that brief at a time of significant structural changes in the University’s approach to working in this functional area.

As ADM&R I am part of the School Executive Team with shared responsibility for the academic leadership of a dynamic portfolio of activities across a wide-ranging School. The key duties and responsibilities of the role include leading the strategic and operational actions to maximise the effective recruitment of students. The position also encompasses promoting the School more broadly (e.g. Research and Enterprise activity) and as such I work with colleagues across the University from Marketing, Corporate Communications and PR functions.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Hurst’s research and scholarly activity is related to his Knowledge Transfer work, with a primary interest in finding ways to help people engage with health enhancing behaviours, and avoid health compromising behaviours.

He has co-supervised two successful PhD students to completion, plus numerous MSc Health Psychology dissertations, and has worked as an external and internal PhD examiner.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Historically, Dr Hurst's Knowledge Transfer work was with the food industry relating to healthy food choices in collaboration with the Centre for Food Innovation (SHU), and he was instrumental in developing ‘Psychology Innovations’ – an offer about the psychology of creativity and innovation, and its useful impact in both commercial and social enterprise ventures. Latterly, he has been interested in wellbeing and performance in the work environment - as well as career decision making.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Dr Hurst has been involved in leadership roles for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience as well as Portfolio Development for more than ten years. Latterly he led a major portfolio review of provision within Teesside University Business School - and developed a 'framework' of programmes at UG/PG level capable of delivery efficient growth and excellent learner opportunities for home and international students.


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