Ms Sharon Humphries

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About me

Contributing to the MSc Environmental Health Programme on campus gives me the perfect opportunity to combine my expertise in environmental health practice and teaching.  Having been in practice in both local and central government for over 26 years, I am now privileged to be able to pass on my knowledge and experiences, so that students use this to benefit their own careers.

My greatest satisfaction comes when a student I have taught successfully gains employment and embarks on their own career.

Having graduated in Environmental Health from Aston University I joined Bristol City Council as a practitioner in the Housing team.  I spent my first years in practice focusing on housing issues in the south of the city which included the large publicly owned housing estates.  This was the best experience I could wish for and I learnt much about communicating with people.  This was followed by time spent in the Food Team covering the Clifton part of the City and the Pollution Team.

I then moved into a more specialist role that was concerned with the investigation of complaints about food, port health and investigating outbreaks of communicable disease.  This helped me realise that I enjoyed being a 'detective' and the challenge of 'thinking on my feet.' From there on, I moved into management roles at Bristol City and later South Gloucestershire Council where, by chance, I found myself leading a team that dealt with health and safety. 

I was seconded to the Health and Safety Executive which enabled me to take on a liaison role between local and central government across South West England.  This was a period of development for me; I gained an insight into how the Civil Service operated at senior level and was able to make a contribution to National Health and Safety Policy.  My links with the Health and Safety Executive continue to this day as the South West representative for the National Health and Safety Practitioners' Forum.  This enables me to be up to date with UK developments in this area.

I moved to UWE as a Senior Lecturer in January 2012 and have been involved in Programme development for on-site and distance-learning.  I contribute to the on-site MSc Environmental Health programme in my specialist areas of Health and Safety and Professional Practice. In particular, I support employability for students providing support for job applications and interviews.


Area of expertise

Environmental Health Proferssional Practice, Employability in Environmental Health, Health and Safety at Work


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