Professor Mark Hawley


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Professor of Health Services Research

Director of CATCH, Head of RAT Group
+44 114 222 0682

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Professor Mark Hawley
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
1.06, 1st Floor
The Innovation Centre
217 Portobello
S1 4DP

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.

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


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

Research interests
  • Assistive technology
  • Telecare and telehealth
  • Digital healthcare

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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Hao L, Goetze S & Hawley M () Message recommendation strategies for tailoring health information to promote physical activities. HCI International: 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23–28, 2023, Proceedings. Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 July 2023 - 23 July 2023. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Judge S (2023) The Design of Voice Output Communication Aids. RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

PhD students

  • Louise Newbould
  • Jake Andrews
  • Zahra Ommani