Toni Schwarz

Dr Toni Schwarz RN, RSCN, RHV, RNT, BA(Hons), MSc, PhD

Dean for the College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences


I am the Dean for the College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences, and responsible for the programme of educational and research work that is undertaken across the college and for the wellbeing of our staff and students.

With over 9000 students and 537 members staff, I engage with work across all departments of the college and the wider university.

My professional background is as a nurse and educator and I have over 35 years of experience of working with industry partners across the NHS and private sector. I also have regional and national connections to professional organisations who regulate many of our courses.


I am responsible for leading the College Leadership Team, and with senior colleagues set the strategic vision for the College, aligning this with the University strategy.  I represent the college on a number of internal committees where my aim is to increase collaboration across our educational portfolio as well as our research agenda, with the aim of improving the overall student experience.

Much of my work involves working with external partners to ensure that there is a graduate workforce who excel in securing successful career trajectories once they have completed their studies with us.

I am also committed to working with colleagues across the city region to improve the health and wellbeing of the city region, be that through public health initiatives or through improving patient outcomes with our student population. This work involves meeting with colleagues from across the city region and other HEI’s.

My research interests are in relation to public health and wellbeing, particularly from a sociological viewpoint, and I am particularly interested in the health and emotional wellbeing of young people. Working with colleagues I am keen to ensure that young people are able to navigate through to adult hood developing a resilient approach to tackling todays challenges.


All of my teaching is focused on three areas:

  • Public Health
  • Children and Young People
  • Leadership & Management


Journal articles

Edwards, J., Waite-Jones, J., Schwarz, T., & Swallow, V. (2021). Digital technologies for children and parents sharing self-management in childhood chronic or long-term conditions: a scoping review. Children, 8 (12).


Clarkson, M., Cutts, K., Morley, A., Schwarz, T., & Taylor, A. (2018). Exploration of resilience in year 1 pre-registration students in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Presented at: Learning Teaching and Academic conference, Sheffield, 2018

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising two doctoral students:

Title: How do Children's nurses navigate the geography of single cubicle ward areas (draft)

Title:  Evaluation of an online intervention to support family communication in vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (draft)


I have undertaken a number of media presentations in print, radio and TV. The subject area is around the health care practitioner and what we have to offer at Sheffield Hallam University and how we can support our local, regional and national workforce challenges as well as being part of the solution to providing health research for the region.  Being one of the largest providers of health care practitioners across 14 different professions and including health care scientists we are a valuable contributor to the policy discussion.

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