Thomas Blackburn - Institute Co-ordinator
Thomas has worked at The University of Manchester since 2012 and joined HCRI in August 2018. He has taken the lead on the final set up of the LEAP programme in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) He also provides admin support for HCRI and supports the teaching and learning provision on the PGT and online programmes delivered by HCRI.
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Lucy Darowska – Senior Marketing and Communications Officer
Lucy has worked in communications since 2009, in a variety of sectors including healthcare, medical research and local government. She has a BA Hons in English Language from The University of Manchester and a CIM Diploma in Marketing Communications. Lucy joined HCRI in 2019 and leads on HCRI’s marketing and communications strategy for all programmes, and provides a key link to University wide marketing and communication activities.
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Ruth Hudson - Communications Assistant
Prior to joining HCRI, Ruth worked as a policy and advocacy intern for Malaria No More UK, whilst studying an MSc in Public Policy at University College London. In 2018, she lived in Beijing for two months as an intern for the China Britain Business Council. Ruth studied her first degree in English and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. As an undergraduate, she gained experience with BBC Radio Manchester, and UNESCO’s ‘Voices of Future Generations’ initiative in communications.
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Daniel Ellis - Administration Assistant
Daniel joined HCRI in March 2019, and provides administration support for ongoing projects such as the DFID funded programme; ‘Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare’ (RIAH) and also for day to day needs within the Institute. Daniel studied his undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University, where he gained a BA Hons in Drama in 2011.
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Stephanie Rinaldi – RIAH Programme Manager
Stephanie has a doctorate in Political Theory and joined HCRI in January 2017 to support its Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) research programmes. In Jan 2019 she became Programme Manager of the DFID-funded research project 'Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH)' working closely with HCRI Research Director, Larissa Fast.
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Gita Shaparia - Communications and Events Graduate Intern
Gita is a University of Manchester graduate with a First Class in MSc International Business and Management. Her dissertation explored India's economic potential for economic superpower status through reform of the country's higher-education system. Gita studied her undergraduate degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. As an intern, Gita currently manages HCRI’s social media accounts and plays a key role in coordinating HCRI events.
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