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Thursday June 13th 2024 5.30-9pm, Jubilee Campus, Lecture Theatre 1 Exchange Building


This event is free. 

To reserve your place please email following this link.  Please include, name, number of tickets, and any dietary requirements. You will receive an email confirming your reservation.

Information about accommodation, also see below

Getting to the venue, travel information and Jubilee site Map see at the bottom of the page

Dr Ada Hui, Skellern Lecture 2024 - "Breaking the cycles of injustice and servitude"

Throughout history, nursing has encountered numerous challenges relating to equality, identity and career progression (Hinkley et al., 2023; WRES, 2023). More recently, challenges have been recognised for nursing research, despite research having the capacity to save lives (NHSE, 2021). This has grave implications for patients, communities and society. People with protected characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious beliefs, are disproportionately affected by health and social inequalities (NHS RHO, 2021; 2022). Multiple socioeconomic deprivations are likely to be experienced concurrently, such as education, housing employment and finances (NHS RHO, 2021; 2022). People with protected characteristics include nurses as well as patients. Nurses’ capacity to care are called into question when working in challenging environments and in spaces where rates of burnout are particularly high (Hui, 2016; 2017). Patients are labelled ‘difficult’, ‘disengaged’ and ‘difficult to reach’ when choosing not to engage with services that do not (positively) serve them (Hui et al., 2020; Hui et al., 2021). Research, education, policies and practices are each informed by evidence. However, ‘evidence’ becomes questionable when nurses and patients, and more specifically, nurses and patients with protected characteristics, are excluded or lack the opportunities to participate in meaningful ways. This lecture will explore contemporary challenges focusing on the implications, effects and outcomes for nurses and patients experiencing injustice and servitude within the very institutions that seek to employ and support them. An intra-disciplinary approach will be used to investigate how institutional injustice manifests; how cycles of injustice and servitude are created and maintained, and how these might be disrupted to enable system transformation. Using critical socio-political theories, this lecture will examine institutions, identities and practices in attempts to rebalance and address contemporary shortcomings and future directions for nursing research, education, policy and practice.

Brief bio

Dr Ada Hui is a mental health nurse, sociologist and coach. Ada’s career has spanned clinical practice, research and higher education. Most recently, she joined the Royal College of Nursing, as the UK Professional Lead for Research, where she is leading the development and implementation of the RCN’s research strategy. Ada is a renowned researcher with a drive for tackling institutional injustice in research, health, education, policy and society. She has spent her career working with disadvantaged communities to address health and social inequalities. Her work uses narratives and interdisciplinary approaches to challenge and disrupt the status quo; to raise awareness of seldom heard voices; working towards greater inclusion and representation for people who are under-served.



5.30 Guests arrive

6.00pm Evening Chair: Catherine Gamble

Welcome address: Dr Sue Elcock, Executive Medical Director, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

6.15pm Special Award: TBC

6.20pm Introduction to Skellern Lecture:

Dr Anne Aiyegbusi  


6.30pm SKELLERN LECTURE: Dr Ada Hui  


7.15 Plaque presentation: TBC  


7.20 Refreshment Break  


8.00 Introduction to Lifetime achievement Award:

Professor Mary Chambers 



8.50pm Plaque presentation:

Dr Julie Repper 


8.55pm Vote of Thanks: TBC


9.00 Close

Sean Duggan - Lifetime Achievement Award

Sean’s lifetime work focuses on  raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use services and their carers. His focus is on influencing politicians, policy makers and heads of public sector organisations and other key stakeholders to deliver evidence-based intervention with a sound economic basis. Training as a registered mental health nurse in 1979 set the scene for a career motivated by passion for the profession and for the professionals within it. Sean ensures that mental health nursing is promoted at all opportunities, with the Mental Health Network and Nurse Directors Network’s Aspiring Nurse Director Programme being his most recent project.  To ensure the continued improvement of mental health services, Sean has influenced health policy on a national level; through his membership of the Five Year Forward View oversight group, chairing of the Mental Health Act Review’s Addressing Rising Detention Rates Topic Group and NHS Long Term Plan Steering Group. Whilst at the Sainsbury’s Centre for Mental Health, Sean led on several health economic studies, many of which were eventually included in the NHS Long Term Plan and widely accepted by the Treasury. Criminal justice and prison mental health have been priorities for Sean over the past 30 years; in 2006 he joined the Sainsbury’s Centre for Mental Health as director of Criminal Justice Programme, before becoming Chief Executive. Immediately before this, Sean was Director of Health and Social Care for Criminal Justice at the London Development Centre and offender health consultant for the Department of Health.  Sean is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health and in 2013 was awarded the President’s Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

If you are looking to stay over, there is an excellent hotel on the Jubilee Campus which is 5 minutes walk from the lecture venue, and also a few minutes for the MHNA meeting on Friday. There is also the Orchard Hotel on the main campus which is a fifteen minute walk from the venue, and there are also plenty of hotels in the city centre. There are good connections to the Jubilee Campus by bus (10 minutes).  

Jubilee Campus Map PDF here

Directions to and from Jubilee Campus

Between campuses

The University operates a free Hopper Bus Service between Jubilee Campus, University Park, Sutton Bonington Campus and Royal Derby Hospital Centre. You can view the Hopper Bus timetables online. 

All our campuses have cycle parking facilities and those within the City have links to numerous cycle paths.

From Nottingham (approximately 4 miles)

By bus:

  • Nottingham City Transport, service 28  (City - Ilkeston Road - Jubilee Campus - Beechdale Baths - Bilborough)

  • Nottingham City Transport, service 30  (City - Ilkeston Road - Jubilee Campus - Wollaton Village - Wollaton Vale)

  • Nottingham City Transport, service Unilink 31  (City - Ilkeston Road - Jubilee Campus *term-time only)

  • Nottingham City Transport, service L10 (City - Ilkeston Road - Jubilee Campus - Wollaton - Bramcote - Beeston)

  • Nottingham Community Transport, service L12 (City Hospital - Basford - Hyson Green - Jubilee Campus - QMC - University Park)

  • Nottingham City Transport, service 53 (Arnold, City Hospital, Jubilee, QMC, Clifton Boulevard, Clifton) 

For a full list of available services visit the Bus Services page.

By taxi:

There are taxi ranks throughout the City Centre and immediately adjacent to the main railway and bus stations. The journey to the campus takes about 15 minutes.

From East Midlands Airport (Approximately 10 miles)

From East Midlands Airport you can take the Skylink service towards the City Centre. Buses leave from outside the Airport Arrivals hall.

Alight at Lace Street stop, which is close to the south entrance to University Park campus, and take the University's hopper bus service from University Park to Jubilee Campus.  

You can also walk to the taxi rank on the terminal forecourt and take a direct taxi to the University. The cost of a single/one way journey is approximately £20. Taxis are normally available 24 hours.

From M1 Motorway

By car:

Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 25 to join the A52 to Nottingham. After five miles turn left onto the A6514, Middleton Boulevard. Turn right at the next roundabout onto the A609 Wollaton Road. The main entrance to Jubilee Campus is clearly signposted on the right

Car Parking on campus:

Visitors to the University will be required to use the pay and display facilities.

Parking charges for are:

  • Up to 30 minutes (free)

  • 2 hours (£3.00)

  • 4 hours (£5.00)

  • All day (£7.00)

Restrictions will apply in some locations.

Using satellite navigation?

When driving to Jubilee Campus via satellite navigation, please use NG8 1BB as the postcode.

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