Head of the School of Allied Health and Community
Head of School
tel: 01905 542279
Liz Davies-Ward is the Head of the School of Allied Health and Community. Liz is an experienced academic with a broad interest in curriculum development, partnership working and enhancing the student experience through innovative and imaginative curriculum design. Liz has a proven track record in building strong teams and is very committed to authentic leadership and the development of staff and students through a strengths based approach to leadership and management.
Since becoming a member of the University in 2007 Liz has occupied a number of strategic roles including: Curriculum Lead with the Lifelong Learning Network, Management of the Practice Development Team in Health, Associate Head of Institute with responsibility for Quality, Partnerships and Student Experience within the Institute of Health and Society and Interim Head of the Institute of Science and the Environment.
Liz is a keen sportswoman and will represent Great Britain at the 2018 ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in Ibiza in September.
Registered General Nurse, Manchester NHS Trust
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Wales
BA Hons Social Science, Manchester Metropolitan University
MSc Medical/ Social Anthropology, University of Keele
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership, University of Worcester
Diploma in Management Studies, Herefordshire College of Technology
Currently undertaking Professional Doctorate (Education), University of Worcester
Teaching & Research
Understanding Health and Well being
Professional Practice and Work based Learning
Service Improvement and Quality Enhancement in Health and Social Care
Achieving excellence in learning and teaching
Modelling the relationship between work readiness and work based learning for students on Foundation Degree programmes
The relationship between formal and tacit knowledge and the extent to which work based learning programmes contribute to this debate.
The impact of work based learning curricula from the perspective of the learner, the work based provider and the academic.
The contribution of Work based learning curricula to the Political/Policy debate in education
Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, current and active
Davies-Ward, E., Shepherd, R., and Baxter, S. (2010) The Journey: Implementing the West Midlands Scheme in Practice. Forward, Issue 21 pp40-44
Tilmouth, T., Davies-Ward, E. and Williams, B. (2011) Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care. London. Hodder.
Paper presented at the NET 2012 as a symposium at Cambridge University titled: The Changing Emphasis of the Role of HEIs in Monitoring and Assuring Care Standards. Incorporating three academic papers.
Member of the Royal College of Nursing Quality Improvement Network
Member of the Council of Deans which represents the UK’s university faculties/Institutes engaged in education and research for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
Contributor to the development of a West Midlands Framework for the Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care
External panel member for the validation of FD Health and Social Care Oxford Brookes University and at the University of Staffordshire
External examiner for the FD Health and Social Care and Leap programme at the University of Wolverhampton
External Examiner for the BSc Health and Social Care at Derby University
External Examiner BSC Health and Social Care University of West London