Kerry Sorby


Programme Role: Induction/ Year 1 co-ordinator

How long have you worked at YSJU?

I qualified in 1988 as an occupational therapist from YSJ (formerly known as the College of Ripon and York St John).I started working here in 1997 as a practice -based educator, combining an academic role with a clinical role which I did until 2006.

What did you do before then?

My last clinical post was as a band 8A Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy (Lead for the Musculoskeletal team).   I have mainly worked in the Yorkshire region and in the clinical areas of trauma, orthopaedics, rheumatology and hand therapy. I particularly enjoyed working with working- aged adults in an outpatient setting.

What are your professional and academic interests?

  • Working with people with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Hand therapy and splinting
  • Maintaining and enhancing occupational performance in the workplace
  • Student engagement
  • Using technology to enhance teaching and learning

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

  • Programme: year co-ordinator for level one.
  • University: – member of the University Academic Board
  • Professional: External examiner at Sheffield Hallam university

What topics do you mainly teach on?

I teach across all 3 levels of the programme I mainly teach on anatomy (especially passionate about hand anatomy), ergonomics, splinting, self-management of long-term conditions.

What are your research interests?

My main interest focus on student engagement and students as partners.  I am currently involved with 2 Student as Researcher projects:

  1. An evaluation of the use of open badges within the curriculum. Does it promote student engagement?
  2. Use of social media to develop and promote the OT curriculum in Higher education

Outside work, what occupations do you enjoy participating in?

2010-2012,  I completed 3 tandem skydives raising money for Out of Character and SPARK- which can be found here.

I attend weekly dance classes in tap and chasamba and participated in my first- ever dance show in October 2015 tap dancing to the classic song “Singing in the Rain.”

I can occasionally  be found in the dining room on a Friday eating fish and chips.

Twitter: @KerrySorby

University Links: York St John Profile Page