The MAHSE administrative core is made up of a Director, two Deputy Directors, administrators and eLearning Technologists.  You can contact an individual member of the team by telephone or e-mail (see below) or our postal address is available in the footer of each webpage.

Please note that due to Covid-19 staff are currently working remotely and are uncontactable by telephone.

Carol Ainley, MAHSE Director

E-mail: / Telephone: 0161 2471210

Carol has over 15 years’ experience in higher education in the UK, preceded by 15 years in the NHS as a healthcare scientist. As Head of Division, Carol has considerable experience in both PGTE & UGTE and was appointed to the role of MAHSE Deputy Director on 1 July 2014 and promoted to the position of Director in May 2018.

Phil Macdonald, MAHSE Deputy Director (STP)


Phil has been involved with MAHSE since 2014 when he became MSc Clinical Science (Blood Sciences) Programme Director. He has previously worked as a Senior Clinical Scientist within the NHS. Phil was appointed Deputy Director of MAHSE in October 2018 and leads on STP provision within MAHSE.

Karen Kirkby, MAHSE Deputy Director (HSST)


Karen was appointed Deputy Director of MAHSE in September 2020 and leads on Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) provision within MAHSE. She is also a Director for the Medical Physics HSST pathway.

Kate Smith, MAHSE Manager

Email: 0161 3064580

Kate has been MAHSE Manager since May 2017. She is responsible for ensuring that contracts are in place for teaching on Healthcare Science (HCS) programmes as well as setting up funding models to ensure the fair distribution of resources across MAHSE. She joined MAHSE in June 2015 as the STP administrator having previously worked in undergraduate admissions and administration including the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) which is a pathway of the undergraduate Practioner Training Programme (PTP) in Modernising Scientific Careers.

MAHSE HSST Administrator

This post is currently vacant. Please contact for all enquiries.

Jenni Jackson, MAHSE STP Administrator


Jenni joined the MAHSE team in November 2020 and provides administrative support for the STP programme. Prior to joining MAHSE, Jenni worked in undergraduate programme administration for History and Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in the University of Manchester. She also spent some time at King’s College London as a Student Support Officer.

MAHSE eLearning Technologist: Ewan Chamings


Ewan has been working within eLearning at the University of Manchester for over 10 years and works closely with learning technologists and academic programme staff. He is primarily responsible for supporting the academic community in the development and maintenance of electronically delivered, creative materials that support and enhance learning and teaching on the range of MAHSE programmes.

The eLearning post at Manchester Metropolitan University is currently vacant.