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The Employability Team is made up of Devina, Kevin, Debra, Mohammed, Ruth, Marian, Miranda, Jodie, Vanessa, and Luke. Scroll down to find out a little bit more about us - our roles and what we do in our spare time! 



Devina Whitwell

Employability Services Manager

My hobbies and interests include: Singing as loudly as I can, I absolutely love musical theatre and if I could have had another career it would have been to perform for a living.

A little extra about me: I have worked for the SU for 5 years now and I am really committed to helping all students articulate the skills and experiences they have gained during their time at Coventry.


Kevin Coyne

Assistant Employability Manager

My hobbies and interests include: I enjoy travelling, cooking, history, and theatre, interior design/decorating, and looking after my pugs.

A little extra about me: my 4 pugs are named Hilda, Betty, Pearl and Mabel.


Debra Jackson

Employability Lecturer

My responsibilities in the team are anything to do with schools' placements, including teaching across 5 modules and co-ordinating school placement programmes.

On evening and weekends I spend a lotof time making acrylic and resin jewellery and homewares. I also enjoy reading, binge watching TV, and eating out.


Mohammed Abdullahi

Employability Lecturer

I teach volunteering in the community modules and I manage the SU work placements.

My hobbies and interests include: My research is located broadly within labour market transitions, unemployment, worklessness and the role of social capital in the labour market. I enjoy travelling and visiting museums. I am also learning to crochet – Deb is coaching me.

A little extra about me: I have two little children named Amirah and Abdul. I love spending time with my children, who enjoy nothing more than causing chaos!



Ruth Randell

BSL Employability Lecturer

I am one of the Employability BSL lecturers in CUSU.  I teach university students British Sign Language and employability skills.

My hobbies and interests include: Hiking, watching films, caravanning, camping, swimming, and meeting up with friends or family. If I have time, I would do sewing and some crafts.

A little extra about me: I have 2 moggies, Daffy and Teaorro. I also look after a Border collie dog Lucy who thinks that she is a hearing dog for the deaf!


Marian White

BSL Employability Lecturer

My hobbies and interests include: Family time, chill- out at home, cooking with organic food. Watch classic TV Drama programmes such as Poirot. I enjoy going to deaf – led theatres along with the provision of BSL Interpreters. Being active within the deaf community as British Deaf Association mentor and Job coach, I like to keep abreast of latest benefits and training opportunities within the labour market for deaf and hard of hearing people who are unfortunately, remotely isolated.

A little extra about me: Wow… I can’t believe how the time flies. I have been with the employability team for two years. It has been lovely to see how the students developed their signing skills by working hard on their modules.


Miranda Somers

Employability Administrator

I look after all of the background business of our department. This involves all of the administartive elements for the team, which include Moodle, student queries, alongside maintaining our social presence.

My hobbies and interests are mainly playing football and keeping active. I currently play for Rugby Town FC and coach on Saturday mornings. I love getting away for city breaks and going to the theatre.

A little bit extra about me: I have worked for CUSU since February 2020.


Jodie Brown

Employability Project Coordinator

I help to teach first year Volunteering in the Community and help to coordinate placements. As well, I help to deliver the Leadership Award and prestigious CUSU Awards.

I like to spend time with my friends and family, shopping and travelling. I also have a lovely Russian Blue cat called Luna.


Vanessa Enebi

Add+Vantage Lecturer

I'm Vanessa and my job role is an Add+Vantage Module Lecturer and this entails teaching and supporting students to cahieve their best on the 'Volunteering in the Community' Add+Vantage Module

My hobbies include reading non-fiction books on minimalism and productivity, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with those closest to me. I am a big lover of sweet treats and will always choose to start rather than end a meal with desserts!


Luke Allen

Add+Vantage Lecturer

Hi, my name's Luke, I have been with the Students' Union for 3 years now. I previously worked as a HR Reporting Assistantfor Arconic and prior to that, I graduated from De Montford University with a degree in Computer Games Programming.

I am a big supporter for Birmingham City Football Club. I enjoy playing video games of a huge variety from owning consoles such as Atari to PS4, from playing games such as Pokemon and Fifa.

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