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Neil Hanney


Associate Dean Global and Academic Partners


As Associate Dean for Global and Academic Partnerships in the College of Health Wellbeing and Lifesciences I provide strategic leadership for the College's international recruitment, TNE provision, global educational partnerships and student mobility. I am an experienced academic with extensive leadership and management experience working with professional bodies, academic institutions and awarding bodies across the world.

My professional background is surveying and construction management with specialism in the carbon and energy assessment of buildings and have provided advice and consultancy services for a range of public and private organisations.


I am responsible for the strategic leadership of global engagement and academic partnerships for the college to support and enable our ambition to be the world's leading applied university. My role is to provide a coherent and integrated approach within the college to international recruitment, improving the global dimension of the student and staff experience and to the strategic development of academic partnerships and global relations, both in the UK and internationally, in support of the University's strategic aims and operational priorities.

My four main workstreams are:

  • International recruitment to both awards physically delivered at the university and also online to students across the globe.
  • Transnational education programmes delivered in partnership with a range of partners to provide educational opportunities for those who cannot travel to the UK.
  • Educational Partnerships which include many UK based Further Education Colleges and Private Education providers as well as international organisations.
  • Student mobility for our students to engage in international educational experiences, this includes physical mobility along with virtual mobility projects.

I am committed to collaborative working and therefore engage with many colleagues across the university and with partners, not only from within the Sheffield City Region but also all continents, to create and manage mutually beneficial partnerships that provide our students with life changing opportunities. Although I have almost 30 years’ experience in Higher Education I have also run two private companies and provided consultancy services for a wide range of clients.

Specialist areas of interest

Neil's areas of interest are sustainability, energy and carbon assessment of buildings, building surveying, internationalisation and project management.

He has delivered CPD and guest lectures in England, Scotland and N. Ireland (UK) as well as Singapore, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dubai (UAE), Doha, (Qatar), Muscat (Oman) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

In addition to the above Neil has carried out many other roles, including

  • Teaching Fellow
  • Programme Leader
  • Course Leader
  • Module Tutor
  • Dissertation tutor
  • Personal Tutor
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator
  • Member of Faculty Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee
  • Member of Faculty Quality Committee
  • Member of Yorkshire and Humberside Construction Careers Group (CITB subsidiary)
  • Member of Quality Sub Committee 
  • Member of Equal Opportunities Committee

Over 20+ years I have taught a variety of subjects including: Energy and Carbon Assessment of Buildings; Consultancy; Sustainable Technology; Building Services and Environmental Issues; Energy Efficiency; Home Inspector Technical Training; Building Studies; Building Technology; Building Pathology and Surveys; Design Project; Appraisal and Management of Buildings and many others.

Over 23 years Neil has taught a variety of subjects including Energy and Carbon Assessment of Buildings: Sustainable Technology, Building Services and Environmental Issues, Energy Efficiency, Home Inspector Technical Training, Building Studies, Building Technology, Building Pathology and Surveys, Design Project, Appraisal and Management of Buildings and many others.



Other activities

External Examiner for: Napier University, Kingston University, Coventry University, Nottingham Trent University and De Montfort University.

External Panel Member for institutional reviews and approval panels for: Teesside University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, University of Greenwich and University West Of England.

Chair and panel member of CIOB Global Accreditation Board

Member of Skills for Scotland Technical Expert Groups Chair and Member of Department of Communities and Local Government SBEM Conventions Group.

Member of Department of Communities and Local Government European Directive Implementation Group.

Member of ABBE (Awarding Body for the Built Environment) Examination Panel.

Chair of NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) Domestic Energy Assessor Exam Board.

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