Sharon Doherty

Sharon Doherty

Healthy University Co-ordinator

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB327

+44 (0) 1772 89 3761

Sharon works as the Healthy University Co-ordinator and is based in the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit, her role focuses on the development and co-ordination of an Action Plan that includes a range of public health work taking place across UCLan.

Full Profile

Healthy University is a university wide initiative that uses a public health approach and a range of activities to addressing health and wellbeing topics identified by students and staff. Supporting individuals towards a healthy lifestyle is a part of the HU, in addition UCLan recognises that organisational aspects such as policy development, staff support and training, health campaigns, services developments, research and curriculum links are also crucial.

The HU compliments and works alongside other strategies. The HU is a member of the Healthy & Sustainable University Group, chaired by Michael Ahern, UCLan Chief Operating Officer. This aims to connect the universities strategic plans related to health and sustainability. Linked to the Campus Masterplan Framework this group has written a set of Design Principles for consultants, architects and design teams to use to create healthy, safe, active and sustainable campus.    

She has a background in the public health/health promotion field for twenty five years. Her work has focused on sexual health, young people and the education setting. She has developed two Healthy Schools Programmes in partnership with Education and Health colleagues. Previous posts she has held include, Sexual Health Lead for Preston Primary Care Trust, Healthy School Co-ordinator and Health Promotion Specialist for Young People and Sexual Health. She has also worked as an FE lecturer in Communication/Media Studies and as an Arts Administrator/Project Manager with a community based theatre company that specialized in health work.

  • Communication Studies BA (Homs), Sheffield Hallam University 1987
  • Health Promotion MA, University of Central Lancashire, 2000.


Dooris, Mark, Doherty, Sharon, Cawood, Jennie and Powell, Sue (2011) The Healthy Universities Approach: Adding Value to the Higher Education Sector. In: Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice. Sage Publications Ltd, pp. 153-169. ISBN 978-0857025456

Doherty, Sharon, Cawood, Jennie and Dooris, Mark (2011) Applying the whole-system settings approach to food within universities. Perspectives in Public Health, 131 (5). pp. 217-224. ISSN 1757-9139

More publications


Implementation of the UCLan Healthy University Action Plan

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Healthy and Sustainable Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice in Applied Public Health MSc and Sustainability and Health MSc

Teaching sessions within Sexual Health Studies and Nutrition and Exercise Sciences degrees


2005 Invited presentation, Healthy University Network, Germany

2007 Invited presentation, Place Based Sex/Sexuality and Relationships Education Conference, London

2007 Invited presentation, Healthy College Conference, Leeds

2007 Invited presentation Healthy College Conference, Bolton

2008 Offered paper, IUHPE International Conference, Turin

2008 Invited presentation, Healthy University Conference, Leeds

2008 Invited presentation, AMOSSHE conference, Edinburgh

2009 Invited presentation, AMHEC conference, Chester

2015 Conference organiser and presentation, International Healthy Promoting Universities and Colleges Conference, Okanagan, Canada