Ada has expertise working with people who are disadvantaged and/or marginalised; examining institutional injustice, emotional labour, role, identity and belonging. She is a sociologist and registered mental health nurse with an interdisciplinary research focus on health and social justice.
The impact of Ada's research and teaching have been recognised through numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious national Mary Seacole Leadership Award, in recognition of her research towards improving the care and outcomes of people who use mental health services, and 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.
In her role as Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research, she leads on student mental health and wellbeing and PGR training. She is staff sponsor to the BME Student Network, and regularly consults with national health and policy organisations on equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly relating to mental health and education.
Ada is currently Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research, where she leads on student mental health and wellbeing and has responsibilities for the design, management and leadership of the PGR… 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 is currently Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research, where she leads on student mental health and wellbeing and has responsibilities for the design, management and leadership of the PGR training programme. Ada teaches and convenes modules on undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums 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. Ada acts as principal and co-supervisor to PhD students undertaking interdisciplinary research across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Health Sciences, Medicine, Midwifery and Nursing), Centre for Health Innovation Leadership and Learning (CHILL) Business School and School of Education.
Ada has previously 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 people who are marginalised to examine health and social justice, specifically:
- Institutional injustice
- Emotional labour
- Identity, role and belonging
Ada would welcome opportunities for collaboration, and to supervise PhD candidates in these areas.