Professor Graham Underwood
I am the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex, and the HEI representative on the Council of Governors. The University of Essex is a dual intensive University, with Excellence in Education (Teaching Excellence Framework GOLD award in 2017) and Research (Top 20 for Research Excellence) at its core. The Faculty of Science and Health is involved in training of mental health specialists; nurses, psychological wellbeing practitioners, clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. There is a breadth of research expertise on mental health at the University, and translation into clinical practice is supported by the UK’s only Florence Nightingale Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Clinical Practice, Professor Fiona Nolan. I have significant senior leadership experience, sitting on the University Steering Group, and working with the Natural Environment Research Council. I was previously a Governor of NEP.