Professional Biography

Teaching Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer Community studies


Prior to joining the University I worked in Further Education on various Health and Social Studies courses (including Access, B.Tec and GNVQ). Prior to that I was a nurse/senior sister both in the (North West) community and in various Accident and Emergency Departments in London.

As part of my professional and academic development, I studied part time and gained a Social Policy, M Ed in Health and Social Studies, and gained various post Registered qualifications in nursing in addition to my R.G.N. I have also project managed a European funded research project (value £85,000) which looked at the barriers to progression for Modern Apprentices who want to study in Higher Education.

Currently I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and I have gained my Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and work as a volunteer therapist in the Bolton area. I am also a founder member of Breast Cancer Care’s (London) User Research Partnership. I am currently Personal Tutoring Champion for the Department and have worked with the Academic lead for Student Enhancement and Experience on developing the University Personal Tutoring strategy and policy.

My research interests, both topics and supervision, cover a wide range of community studies and health including health inequalities, social aspects of breast cancer, Social Capital, social theory and gender.


Recent Publications:

Hepworth, C and Stitt, S (2007) Social Capital and Faith Based Organisations. The Heythrop Journal. Vol 48 no 6

Hepworth, C (2004) Gender in Flux - foreword to book edited by A. Boran. Chester Academic Press

Hepworth, C (2004) Advanced Modern Apprenticeship students into higher education in Greater Manchester - barriers to progression. Greater Manchester Learning and Skills Council.

Recent Conference Papers:

Gillibrand, E Hepworth, C and Seacombe, G (2013) Collaborative Assessment for Active Citizenship. Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Bolton

Hepworth, C and Wray, J ( 2012 ) Breast Cancer care (UK) Service User research Forum. Poster delivered at :Involve conference Nov 2012 “Breast cancer Care – Service User research Partnership – a case study”

Social capital and Street Ambassadors in Bury. (2008) Paper presented at Bolton University School Research forum (With Ged Seacombe)

Hepworth, C and Stitt, S (2005) Social Capital and Faith Based Organisations. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association annual conference. York University