Meet the team

Hello, we’re Student Wellbeing, here to offer confidential support and advice for personal and emotional issues that are having an impact on your studies, work and life. The service comprises wellbeing practitioners and inclusive support staff. Wellbeing practitioners are qualified in a range of disciplines and bring their expertise to deliver Wellbeing Group Sessions and appointments, as well as promoting wellbeing throughout the University and selecting self-help materials to support students and staff. Inclusive support staff provide practical support for students who identify as being on the autism spectrum or have mental health difficulties.

The Student Wellbeing Team

Alvan Brooks

Alvan Brooks

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Alvena Hanson



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Andi Baker

Andi Baker

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I am one of the Senior Student Wellbeing Practitioners in the Student Wellbeing Service, and I am an Occupational Therapist registered with the HCPC (Healthcare Professions Council). My background is in mental health, having previously worked as an Occupational Therapist within a Community Mental Health Team. I have worked within The Student Wellbeing Team since 2015.

Andrea Waller

Andrea Waller

(she/her)

I am a Senior Wellbeing Practitioner (Mental Health) and I am also a qualified Sexual Violence Liaison Officer working as part of a small team within the Wellbeing Service supporting students who have experienced sexual violence, sexual harassment or hate crime. My background is in the field of mental health working in both voluntary and statutory sectors. I have worked at SHU for 16 years, originally as a Student Mental Health Coordinator in the Disabled Student Support Team.

Anna Hayman

Anna Hayman

(she/her)

I am one of the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners. I offer Wellbeing interventions and I’m also a qualified Sexual Violence Liaison Officer, supporting students who have experienced sexual abuse or hate crime. I have started my practice here in October 2017. I have Masters in Psychology and in Social Work (HCPC registered). Previously I worked in mental health Social Work and as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis

(she/her)

I am the Lead for Wellbeing Promotion and Early Intervention within the Student Wellbeing Service. I make students and staff aware of the support services available within the Wellbeing Service and across the University. I also offer support to our named contacts for students who have experienced social care, students who are estranged from families and those who have caring responsibilities. I have worked in several training and clinical roles prior to joining the Student Wellbeing Team.

Annie Kemball

Annie Kemball

(she/her)

I am a Lead Wellbeing Practitioner working with students who already have or are seeking a diagnosis in relation to mental health difficulties. I am passionate in my belief that students with difficulties should be supported to realise their full learning potential.

Catherine Peppit

Catherine Peppit

(she/her)

I am a Wellbeing Inclusive Support Advisor in the Inclusive Support Team. My main role is to develop transition and orientation activities for autistic students (such as the peer mentoring scheme) to help students to settle in to University life. I started working at Sheffield Hallam in March 2019. Before this, I worked as a Social Worker in both Sheffield and Derbyshire mainly in mental health services.

Christine Laycock

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Delroy Hall

Delroy Hall


I am one of the Wellbeing Practitioners at Student Wellbeing and have worked at SHU for many years. In my previous jobs I worked as a BT telephone engineer before embarking on counselling and psychotherapy.

Emily Marsh

Emily Marsh

(she/her)

I work in the Inclusive Support Service as a Wellbeing Inclusive Support Coordinator. I work alongside my colleague Robin as the named contact at SHU for students who are care leavers, estranged from family and students with caring responsibilities. Our role as named contacts is to support students throughout their time at SHU in a number of ways. For example, by being a point of contact for any queries, helping students navigate and access support at SHU and providing information about opportunities and events to make the most of being a student.

Emily Wheeler

Emily Wheeler

(she/her)

I am a qualified counsellor who has worked in a variety of NHS, healthcare, cancer and charity settings over the last 15 years. I offer therapeutic support to students both on a one-to-one basis as well as in specialist group workshops.

Fiona Eccleston

Fiona Eccleston

(she/her)

I am one of the Senior Wellbeing Practitioner's in the team and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors). I have worked in many different settings including the NHS (IPAT) and Staff counselling, the charity sector and private practice and have a wide range of experience working with a diverse and varied client group.

Jan Gurung

Jan Gurung

(she/her)
I am a Wellbeing Practitioner in the team and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have worked at SHU in the Counselling Service and now Student Wellbeing since 2009. As well as face-to-face counselling, I am a trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a business Coach .

Emily Wheeler

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I am a Wellbeing Practitioner in the team and a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have worked at SHU in the Counselling Service and now Student Wellbeing since 2001. As well as face-to-face counselling, I deliver email counselling.

Jozef Sen

Jozef Sen

(he/him)

I am Lead Wellbeing Practitioner for Therapeutic Interventions. I am a Registered and accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have been involved in lecturing/teaching and supporting learners in further & higher education for a number of years and I have worked as a counsellor within a number of different settings including the NHS, Universities, charitable organisations, forensic/secure settings, and within private practice. I have worked at SHU since 2008 as a Lecturer, Supporter of Learning, and most recently the Student Wellbeing Team.

Katheryn Ellerby

Kathryn Ellerby

(she/her)

I am one of the Wellbeing Inclusive Support Facilitators, and my main role is supporting students who identify as having a mental health difficulty, or as being on the Autism Spectrum. This practical support takes place in one-to-one meetings, to help students get the most out of their time at SHU. I have worked at SHU since September 2009, when I joined the Disability Support worker team, principally as a manual note-taker and later as a specialist mentor.

Laura Mella

Laura Mella

(she/her)

I am the manager of the Inclusive Support Service within Student Wellbeing – a new service for students who identify has having a mental health difficulty or as being on the autism spectrum. I have worked at SHU since 2011 and before starting this role, I worked in Disabled Student Support as a disability adviser.

Liz Breeze

Liz Breeze

(she/her)

I am the Wellbeing Inclusive Support Coordinator and my main role is to support students who identify as having a mental health difficulty or as being on the autism spectrum during practical support sessions on a one-to-one basis. Prior to this role I was a study skills tutor and enjoy working in an academic setting supporting students to reach their potential.

Lucy Davies

Lucy Davies

(she/her)

I job share as a wellbeing inclusive support adviser. My role involves co-ordinating the Autism Social, which is a place for meeting other students, relaxing and doing optional activities. I also co-ordinate other events and activities for autistic students. I have also worked as a disability adviser at the university since 2009 so I have quite a bit of experience of working with disabled students. I have worked on various design projects both inside and outside of the university, always with inclusivity in mind. This includes working with Estates on the recent refurbishment of the multi-faith chaplaincy.

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Matt Lowe

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I’m one of the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners in the team. I am a qualified Social Worker registered with the HCPC (Healthcare Professions Council). I am qualified as Sexual Violence Liaison Officer, supporting student who have experienced sexual violence, harassment or hate crime. I have previously worked in Children and Families and Youth Justice settings and in the Disabled Student Support team within SHU before joining Student Wellbeing.

Mary McCabe

Mary McCabe

(she/her)

I am a Senior Wellbeing Practitioner offering wellbeing and mental health appointments for students, plus staff counselling (as an accredited BACP counsellor). I have worked in the Student Wellbeing service since 2012 and previously in SHU Disability Service, plus had past careers in teaching, research, the NHS and voluntary sectors.

Miriam Grace

Miriam Grace



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Naomi Saxton

Naomi Saxton

(she/her)

I’m Naomi; I’ve been part of the Hallam Student Wellbeing Team since November 2017. My lead role is supporting students and staff who have experienced sexual violence, harassment and hate crime, and I am responsible for the reports that come in via our Report and Support System. I also deliver wellbeing appointments, and I’m interested in solution focussed interventions. I was a police officer in Sheffield prior to talking this role; and so I can bring that experience and knowledge in relation to reporting and experiencing the criminal justice system. I’m also a yoga teacher, and over the years, I have learnt to use yoga to support my own mental health and wellbeing. I teach yoga for wellbeing to staff and students here at Hallam.

Niamh Terry

Niamh Terry

(she/her)

I am one of the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners in the Student Wellbeing team and I am a registered and accredited Counsellor with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have worked in a range of services and settings over the years having started out in the homeless sector before moving into residential rehab working with addiction and eating disorders. I began working in Higher Education as a counsellor in 2016 before joining SHU in 2019.

Rachel Bailey

Rachel Bailey



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Rachel Dering

Rachel Dering



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Robin Kerr

Robin Kerr



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Sophia Warhurst

Sophia Warhurst

(she/her)

I am an Inclusive Support Facilitator. I work with students on a one to one basis, providing practical support and advice to help individuals engage with and enjoy University life, whilst maintaining their mental health and sustaining their studies. I have been working in this role since 2018. Prior to this, I worked to provide education to vulnerable young people who had been out of Education, Employment or Training for an organization called The Really NEET Project.

Ursula Klingel

Ursula Klingel

(she/her)

I am the Head of Student Wellbeing and manage the team. My background is in mental health social work and management and I have worked at SHU since 2009. I helped to set up the Student Wellbeing team in 2011 and have really enjoyed working with the team to make the service what it is today. We are continually improving and finding ways to offer support that is relevant, useful and practical to give students skills for making the most of their time at SHU and beyond!

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