Dr Hazel Mccullough
MA (Ed), PhD
Education Advisor - Research Capacity Development
15-17 Tavistock Place
I have diverse experience of working in health and higher education in the UK and Africa; and I am a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Following a long career in nursing in the NHS, and an academic career in health and higher education, I completed a PhD in using Personal Development Planning (PDP) to support African doctoral and postdoctoral malaria researchers with their career development. I have subsequently spent the past twelve years working with African researchers, universities and institutions to build and strengthen context and needs-specific research capacity.
I am currently the Lead for Education and Capacity Building on the GCRF RECAP programme. Previous posts held were with the DELTAS funded Malaria Research Capacity Development (MARCAD) programme and with the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC) – where a key element of capacity strengthening involved working with the MCDC African partner institutions to embed sustainable career development support, training and mentorship for researchers and faculty staff within their institutional policies and practices.
I have experience of teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum development and programme management in Higher Education. I currently run workshops and seminars for consortium partner universities in Research Career Management, Personal Development Planning, Mentorship, and Becoming an Effective Researcher – and work with African partner universities to strengthen systems and processes to enhance their educational and research programmes.
In addition, I work on the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) programme based at the MRC in The Gambia. I co-facilitate on the annual “Essential Skills for Grant Writing" workshop, and lead the themes on: The Effective Researcher and Organisational Engagement for the AREF Excell Health Researcher Excellence and Leadership programme
My research interests are in education and educational research methods, change theory, research capacity development in LIMCs, and using developmental strategies such as PDP, mentoring and reflective practice, to support individual learning and personal and professional development.