Ally Wadey


Programme Role:

Lecturer in Occupational therapy and Level 2 Year Co-ordinator

How long have you worked at YSJU?

Since January 2015

What did you do before then?

Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1993, I have worked within the adult physical occupational therapy domain; initially focussing on traumatic brain injury, and latterly working with older adults as inpatients, within intermediate care and community rehabilitation.

I completed my MSc in Gerontology from the University of Southampton, and subsequently successfully gained an ESRC funded PhD in Gerontology, which focussed on the working patterns of the older health and social care labour force in England.

What are your professional and academic interests?

My areas of interest include:

  • The societal consequences of the ageing population
  • Active Ageing
  • The student learning experience

What roles and responsibilities have you held (e.g. University/ Academic/ Professional)?

In the last 5 years:

  • Chair of the organising committee for the 21st PopFest national conference
  • Member of the organising committee for the British Society of Gerontology national conference
  • Level 2 Year Co-ordinator for Occupational Therapy at York St John University
  • Module Leader for 2OT503 Analysing and Applying the Evidence at York St John University

What topics do you mainly teach on?

  • Modules 1OT504 Health Well-being and Participation; 2OT501 Professional Skills and Reasoning 2; 2OT503 Analysing and Applying the Evidence
  • Masters module on Active and Productive Ageing
  • Supporting students with their Level 3 Research Project

What are your research interests?

  • The older labour force within the context of the Extending Working Lives agenda
  • Later life learning
  • The student learning experience

Outside work, what occupations do you enjoy participating in?

  • Yoga
  • Being outdoors
  • Catching up with friends