Professor Mark Hawley BSc, PhD, MIPEM, Hon. FRCSLT, CSci

Mark Hawley

Professor of Health Services Research

Acting HSR Section Director, Director of CATCH, Head of RAT Group

University of Sheffield
Regent Court
Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0682
Fax: (+44) (0)114 272 4095

Room: : 1.06, 1st Floor, The Innovation Centre


Mark Hawley is Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he leads the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group. He is also Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital, where his Assistive Technology Team provides specialist electronic assistive technology services within Yorkshire. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a clinician and researcher – providing, researching, developing and evaluating assistive technology, telehealth and telecare products and services for disabled people, older people and people with long-term conditions.

Mark is Director of the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the university. He leads a number of projects funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Technology Strategy Board, and leads the Assistive Technology theme of the Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Cooperative. In 2007, he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists for his service to speech therapy research.

Research interests

  • Assistive Technology
  • Telecare & telehealth
  • Digital Healthcare

Current Projects

  • Catalyst for Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE, £8M (2014 – 2016), Co-applicant for Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare £692,000
  • Collaboration for Leadership in Health Research and Care - Yorkshire & Humber (CLAHRC Y&H), National Institute for Health Research, £24 million (£10M grant funded with match funding from NHS/universities/industry) (2014 - 2018) Co-applicant for bid (£24M), Principal Applicant for Telehealth and Care Technologies theme £2.4 million 
  • Devices for Dignity plus (D4D+), NIHR Health Technology Co-operative, £800,000 (2013-2016) Co-applicant
  • Overcoming barriers to mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies, Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Innovations Platform (with ESRC and NIHR), £1.8M (2011–2014) Principal Applicant
  • Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid 2 (VIVOCA2), NIHR Health Technology Devices programme, £823,364, (50/50 DH grant / industrial match funding) (2010-2013) Principal Applicant

Key publications


Mark Hawley is based in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group in Health Services Research