Sarah Hollely

Sarah Hollely

The University of Sheffield
NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Section of Public Health
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  Room 2030, 2nd Floor, Regent Court

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0741
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749



I joined ScHARR in May 2015 as Communications Officer for the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR), a £20m five year funded programme in partnership with eight academic institutions, which launched in April 2012.

I have worked for the University of Sheffield's Department of Materials Science and Engineering since 2011 as Marketing and Administration Officer at the Mercury Centre for Innovative Materials and Manufacturing, a position I continue to fulfill alongside my role at the NIHR SPHR.

Current Activities

My role at the NIHR SPHR is to implement and evaluate the school's Communications Strategy, liaising with a broad range of stakeholders across the school's partner institutions and external partners, to promote the work of the school.

My main duties are:

  • Developing and maintaining key communication channels within the School and external stakeholders, including newsletters, website and social media.
  • Working with colleagues to generate ideas, collate, organise and develop material for inclusion in a range of external and internal communications campaigns.
  • Identifying opportunities to maximise the School's exposure including drafting press releases and working with press officers.
  • Responsibility for creating and managing content on the SPHR website ensuring continuous review and updating of content.
  • Working with web developers and SPHR colleagues to create websites for the School's three major research programmes.
  • Working with SPHR colleagues to develop and manage the School's social media profile.
  • Leading communications activity around the SPHR Annual Scientific Meeting and other events.
  • Co-ordinating and chairing a SPHR Communications Working Group with counterparts from across the School, providing a forum to share information and ensure consistency of approach.
  • Acting as a point of contact to the wider SPHR network, providing communications advice, guidance and support.
  • Liaison with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Department of Health R & D Communications Team around adherence to identity guidelines and attending cross-NIHR communications leads teleconferences.