Tessa Parkes is Research Director of the newly formed Salvation Army Centre for Addictions Services and Research at the University of Stirling. She is also a member of the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland (PADS) Ministerial Group (which oversees policy and practice on harm reduction, the quality of drug services, and stigma) and represents researchers in Scotland on the SIGN Committee on Early Diagnosis and Support of Children with FAS and FASD. As a member of the Alcohol Brief Interventions Expert Group, she recently contributed to the Scottish Government’s ‘refresh' of the National Alcohol Strategy.
From 2013 to 2016, Tessa was seconded to the University of Edinburgh to undertake the role of Deputy Director for the ESRC’s Scottish Doctoral Training Centre, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. In this role she developed excellent relationships with many national organisations, including the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, working across all twenty-four disciplinary/ interdisciplinary pathways to advance the needs of doctoral students studying in Scotland. She started a network of Graduate School Directors to create opportunities for the sixteen social science institutions in Scotland to work more proactively together in the provision of advanced training for doctoral students. With a continuing interest in postgraduate careers, Tessa is now involved with the UK Council of Graduate Education’s Working Group on the Diversity and Sustainability of Organisational Structures for Doctoral Provision.
As institutional Dean for Equality and Diversity, Tessa works across the University to ensure active engagement with the equality and diversity agenda for learning, teaching and research. She chairs the Strategic Committee for Preventing and Tackling Sexual Violence and Misconduct, the institutional Equality Action Forum, and the Athena SWAN Institutional Committee. She is also a member of the University Senior Management Team and sits on Academic Council, the University Academic Quality Committee, the Education and Student Experience Committee, and the Equality Steering Group. A key aspect of her role at present is to ensure that REF planning processes recognise individual and collective excellence fairly and transparently.
An experienced teacher and academic administrator, Tessa understands the importance of embedding equalities work within curricula, policies and practices to ensure individuals are actively supported to realise their potential. She has been a role model for and an avid supporter of the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme and served as a panellist for the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)’s Athena SWAN awards.
A highly motivated leader in both healthcare and academia, Tessa has worked across various sectors, disciplines and institutions in three different countries. Her current research interests are:
Dr Tessa Parkes
Dean for Equality and Diversity
Professor Samantha Punch
Dean of Graduate Studies
With a Master’s degree and a PhD from Loughborough University, Leigh is an expert in organisational performance management and investigates the principles of management that make sport organisations more effective. She has an international reputation for her research into the capacity of Olympic sport organisations and has a specialist research profile in the area of the effectiveness of National Federations and National Olympic Committees in developing sport systems. She works extensively with Olympic sport organisations throughout the world and since 2004 has been an advisor to the Olympic Solidarity Commission of the International Olympic Committee on their two global Sports Administration Programmes.
She has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and book chapters and has spoken on the topic at numerous national and international conferences. Leigh is Editor of Managing Leisure: An International Journal and is on the editorial board of the European Sport Management Quarterly, Leisure Studies and Sport Management Review. She is Director of Governance and Compliance for Commonwealth Games Scotland.
Professor Leigh Robinson
Dean of Internationalisation
Professor Leigh Robinson, Dean of the Faculty of Sport
Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research Impact at the University of Stirling. She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence covering 13 Universities. In August 2014 she also took on the role of Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention champion (the CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention). This involves a part-time secondment to CRUK to lead their new cancer prevention initiative.
Linda is a social scientist with a PhD in social policy. Her research focuses on two main areas: the evaluation of complex public health interventions; and the use of evidence to inform health policy. She has conducted studies on drug and alcohol use, inequalities in health and, most notably, on smoking cessation and tobacco control. She undertook the first study of the UK’s national (NHS) stop smoking services when they were established in 1999. She has also played a significant role in the monitoring and evaluation of a range of tobacco control policies, and served as the UK government's scientific adviser on tobacco control from 2006 to 2010. Examples of recent work include: authoring the 3 year review of smokefree legislation in England (published by the Department of Health in 2011); playing a key role in developing smoking cessation in pregnancy guidance in England (2010) and for the World Health Organisation (2013-14); coordinating the development of an independent alcohol strategy for the UK ('Health First', published in March 2013); leading a national review of smoking cessation services for the Scottish government (2013-2014); and chairing the NICE programme development group on tobacco harm reduction (2011-2013). This latter role has led to a particular current interest in research and policy on harm reduction and electronic cigarettes in the UK, Europe and further afield.
As Dean of Research Impact, Linda works with academics to help plan and prioritise research activity that will make a practical difference to individuals, communities and societies. She also supports staff to integrate research with impact into learning and teaching activities so that students are, as far as possible, actively involved in this work and gain an understanding of the positive contribution the University makes to society. Liaising on the national and international stage with policy makers, practitioners, and other potential end-users of Stirling-led research, is an important function of the role. She also helps to develop new initiatives and mechanisms which will encourage and support staff to maximise their potential to carry out publically-engaged research. Linda works closely with the Deputy Principal for Research and the University’s Research and Enterprise Office.
Professor Linda Bauld
Dean of Research Impact
Professor Tim Whalley
Dean of Student Affairs