Say Hello to our New Staff

A warm welcome to Dr. Rhoda MacCrae has been appointed as a Lecturer in Dementia within the Alzheimer Scotland Policy and Practice Centre. Her role will largely be related to developing the dementia related enterprise activities. This work will include developing a programme of CPD, working on the Dementia Champions programme, working with staff associated with the centre across the school on dementia related enterprise.  Rhoda will also continue to work on the European Dementia Palliare Erasmus+ project and develop her research interests around advanced dementia and bereavement.


Rhoda has over 13 years of post doctoral research and enterprise experience with a keen interest in knowledge exchange, use of evidence in practice, qualitative methodologies and evaluation. Before joining UWS, Rhoda worked at the University of Edinburgh on an ESRC funded knowledge exchange project. She was also Independent sector lead on the Reshaping Care for Older People Programme in North Lanarkshire.  Rhoda has been commissioned as an independent research and development consultant by a variety of health and social care organisations.  Prior to this she worked at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) for 2 years and the Social Work Research Centre, University of Stirling for 4 years.  She did both her PhD (Sociology) and MSc (Applied Social Science) at the University of Stirling. This was after being awarded a Research Training Fellowship by the Chief Scientist’s Office during which time she was seconded to the University of Glasgow from her practitioner role within the NHS.

Welcome also to Jade Birkin our new School Service Delivery Administrator (Research). In this role Jade will be supporting Laura MacFarlane for the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice. She will be the primary contact for all PhD students within the School.

Jade Birkin Profile

Previously she was ‘Postgraduate Administrator’ at The University of Edinburgh within The Graduate School Office of Social and Political Science. In this role, she gained extensive knowledge of the HE sector in Scotland and throughout the rest of the UK from working with External Examiners as well as administrating online distance learning programmes and joint blended learning courses with other universities. She also administered the organisation for several Post Graduate Programmes. Overseeing the learning and progression of a variety of  students and supporting academic staff. She also participated in event organisation and was the first point of contact for queries within their graduate school. As jade says she thrives in a busy and sociable environment and is am pleased to now be part of the Institute in her new role.


Finally welcome to David Innes who joined the School in September as Project Manager for ‘My Home Life Scotland’ – the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice’s highly successful enterprise project which aims to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people through relationship-centred and evidence based practice.

David Innes Profile


His role includes being an ambassador for the My Home Life social movement, routine and special event administration, impact evaluation, management of contracts and finance, policy and procedure development, and developing a range of stakeholder communication strategies.

For more information about ‘My Home Life’ visit:

Previously he spent 7 years employed by the British Council working across a range of international education projects including the DFID funded ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme which aims to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to work in a globalised economy.

He has a have a BA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Stirling and an MSc. in Nationalism Studies from Edinburgh University.