Ada joined the School of Health Sciences in 2014. She has held previous positions as a researcher and lecturer in Higher Education, and as a clinical studies officer with the National Institute for Health Research. She is a sociologist and registered mental health nurse and nurse tutor, with experience of designing, teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.
Ada's research reflects her interdisciplinary background, applying sociological theories to health contexts. She specialises in working with marginalised communities, examining institutional injustice, emotional labour, role, identity and belonging.
Ada was awarded the prestigious national Mary Seacole Leadership Award 2016/2017, in recognition of her research towards improving the care and outcomes of people who use mental health services. Funding from this award was used to study The Lived Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) patients within a High Security Hospital. Ada was appointed the Royal College of Nursing Representative for Health and Social Justice and is an Honorary Researcher with the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2018, Ada was awarded a Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence by the Higher Education Academy, for her role in developing the European Junior Leadership Academy with colleagues from the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Lisbon School of Nursing (Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa), Portugal and University of Maribor Slovenia.
During the 2018/2019 academic year, Ada was seconded to the Recovery Research Team, leading the SHARE (Social, Health and Recovery Experiences) study and working on the large-scale, multi-sited NEON (Narrative Experiences Online) research study, building the world's largest collection of recovery narratives. On her return to the School, she was appointed Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research, where she leads on student mental health and wellbeing, as well as designing, organising and managing the PGR training programme. She is staff sponsor to the BME Student Network, winner of the Nursing Times Mary Seacole Award for outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion. She has core interests in health and social justice, with emphases on equality, diversity and inclusion in healthcare, education and research, towards improving experiences and outcomes.
Ada teaches and convenes modules on undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums. She has responsibilities for the design, management and leadership of the PGR training programme. and has a strong… read more
Ada is an experienced interdisciplinary researcher having worked on national, international, commercial and non-commercial studies. She began her research career examining discourses in service user… read more
HUI, A, 2017. Least Restrictive Practices: An Evaluation of Patient Experiences. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Ada teaches and convenes modules on undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums. She has responsibilities for the design, management and leadership of the PGR training programme. and has a strong emphasis on applied research within her teaching role. She supervises students undertaking dissertations on the BSc Nursing, MSc GEN, MARM and MSc QPSI taught programmes, and supervises PhD students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing) as well as Centre for Health Innovation Leadership and Learning (CHILL) Business School.
Ada has previously taught and convened modules on the MNursSci (Hons), MA Research Methods (MARM) as part of the ESRC DTC and MSc in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement (MSc QPSI) programmes.
Ada is an experienced interdisciplinary researcher having worked on national, international, commercial and non-commercial studies. She began her research career examining discourses in service user involvement and the uses of art on mental health, particularly amongst marginalised populations, including excluded school children, refugees and asylum seekers, older people and people living in rural contexts.
Ada's PhD in Sociology and Social Policy -'Coercive measures in a high secure hospital: expressions of institutional and emotion work' - was a mixed methods study, exploring the influences and effects of restrictive practice upon patients, staff and the environment. She has since successfully completed a prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award, examining The lived experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic patients within a high security hospital. She is currently leading on the 'SHARE' study, examining the social, health and recovery experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, whilst building collaborations and developing further grant applications.
Ada's current research is in sociology and mental health. She specialises in working with marginalised communities to examine:
- Health and social justice
- Emotion work
- Identity, role and belonging
Ada would welcome opportunities for collaboration, and to supervise PhD candidates in these areas.