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As a Lecturer on the pre-registration BSc Nursing Programme, Beth supports students with learning, teaching and assessment activities and is based at the St Helena’s campus, Chesterfield. Beth qualified as an adult nurse in 2005 and joined

I currently lecture across both the Joint Honours and Foundation Degree pathways in Sports Coaching at the Buxton Campus. I am the module leader for Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology, Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology and Introduction to

Adam is Associate Professor of Electroacoustics.

Adela is a lecturer in Design within the College of Arts, Humanities and Education.

Adem Peach is a qualified Art Psychotherapist who works across the Creative Expressive Therapies Bachelors programme and MA Art Psychotherapy programme at the University of Derby.

Adetutu is a postgraduate research student within the College od Business, Law and Social Sciences.

Martin Adlington is the Head of Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Programme Leader, Senior Lecturer, Assessor and External Examiner with significant experience in all aspects of learning, development and education

Adrian Buckner is a Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing.

Adrian is a Senior Lecturer in Geology and the Study Abroad Coordinator for Geology.

Farhan Ahmad is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Derby, United Kingdom. His current research focuses on Cyber Security, Trust Management and Blockchain within Internet-of-Things and Intelligent Transport

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David Shaerf

David Shaerf is the coordinator of the screenwriting specialization in the Creative Writing program. He has written, directed and produced a number of award winning short films and plays in both New Zealand, where he attended Victoria University of Wellington as well as in the UK where he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Exeter.

His area of research outside of screenwriting is the study of narrative structures of documentary films focusing on community groups.

Shaerf’s debut feature documentary, Call Us Ishmael, is a film that investigates the community of artists, authors and performers who have devoted their artistic endeavor to Moby-Dick. The film is distributed by Gravitas Ventures.

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Mercy grew up in Chadds Ford, PA, earned her BA in English from Brown University in 1992, where she played Varsity Squash, studied Literary Theory, Literature and Art, and wrote her honors thesis titled, “The Implications of Language in Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays: A Personal Essay in Feminist Criticism.” Mercy holds a Masters’ in Education from Stanford University where she specialized in teaching writing using the “Harkness” method developed at Phillips Exeter Academy and studied alternative forms of Assessment for Student Writing and Curricular Design.

As a member of the English faculty at Phillips Exeter from 1993-1996 & 2000-present, she has regularly taught the Advanced Senior Creative Writing Workshop as well as writing workshops for Parents of the Academy, Saturday Class on Writing for members of the community and Alumni. Mercy has developed writing workshops for student speakers for the annual MLK, Jr. Day Assembly, directed and co-authored the 25th Anniversary of Title IX Assembly, submitted Art combining Text and Image for the Faculty Installation in the Gallery and has delivered six Meditations to the Academy Community in Phillips Church, one of which was published in Book of Meditations II. From 1997-2000 she taught English and Creative Writing, coached Varsity Field Hockey, Girls’ Squash and Girls’ Lacrosse at Milton Academy in MA. At Phillips Exeter, Mercy is co-Chair of the MLK, Jr. Day Committee, co-Advisor for The Council on Social Justice & Equity and Assistant Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey and Girls’ Squash Coach. She is now working as an Assistant Coach for Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse at Portsmouth High School. In 2017, Mercy rejoined the Exeter Summer Program as a Creative Writing Teacher, Mentor Teacher and Coordinator for Harkness Workshops.

In July, she often teams up with poet Sarah Anderson to lead writing workshops in the Anderson’s Word Barn in Exeter. In recent years, Mercy served on the Board at Seacoast Outright and still volunteers for Portsmouth Pride. In 2016-2017, she was on Sabbatical in San Francisco where she was doing research on Students in Social Justice Activism, writing and volunteer teaching/tutoring at 826 Valencia Writing Spaces. In 2019, Mercy joined the Advisory Committee at Robinwood Center in Stratham, NH, a farm and non-profit organization to further sustainability, justice, healing and community in the seacoast of NH and Maine.