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Sithandazile (Star) Ncube

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Sithandazile (Star) Ncube

Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health

What area does your research focus on?

My research is focused on the experiences of custody diversion nurses. Within this research, I explore the meaning attached to experiences of working in a police environment. I am also undertaking joint research with social work colleagues to explore acculturation and how this is perceived by academics who identify as African. I also have interests in self harm and staff attitudes related to this.

What are the other key aspects of your role?

I am actively involved in local (BSc and MSc) and international curriculum writing and delivery. In addition to this,  the following are also key aspects of my role:

  • Co-program Lead for BSc Year 2 and 3 mental health
  • Module lead on an MSc mental health module and an international module (Kaplan University, Singapore).
  • Admissions lead for MSc Mental Health
  • MSc Mental Health Subject lead
  • EDI working group member
  • Interprofessional Education Mental Health lead
  • Personal Tutor and Academic Assessor (MSc Mental Health)
What do you like to do outside of work?

I like gardening and travelling. I was born in Zimbabwe so I always look forward to summer time. During warmer months, I spend a lot of time walking with my partner. Despite years working in forensics, I still find myself watching crime related documentaries and films.

What do you think you could particularly offer mentoring support with?

I found it particularly challenging switching from clinical practice to academia. I underestimated the differences in working culture and expectations. It has taken me a few years to finally understand where I fit into all this. I am still in the midst of my PhD journey and I have found this challenging too on many levels. Besides focusing on my PhD, I have also been involved in numerous other research projects with colleagues. The opportunity to co-produce work has enriched my research knowledge and experience. I noted after a few years that I could work on my leadership portfolio too while still undertaking my PhD. This led me to apply for the HE Diversifying Leadership course which was an eye opener, my only regret is that I should have done this sooner. The knowledge gained from this course has given me an insight into the challenges I have experienced as a Black African woman and has given me the direction and tools to continuously work on the challenges and ultimately attain a better version of myself. The experiences listed above would give any new academic invaluable insight related to academia and development of self.