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Susan graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic in 1988, developing Occupational Therapy services in the fields of rheumatology and orthopaedics. She moved into Higher Education in 2010 taking up the post of Occupational Therapy Lecturer and Practice Placement Co-ordinator at the University of Bradford, expanding and developing placement provision. In 2019 she completed the  MS(c) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care with a dissertation titled - An exploration into the relationships between academic and placement achievement, primary language and the support strategies used by undergraduate Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students. Current responsibilities include scoping and developing an Occupational Therapy service to be based on campus to meet the needs of the local population whilst increasing placement capacity.