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As we are a relatively new team, we thought we should introduce ourselves ahead of the new academic year! 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.

My hobbies and interests include: I am an avid crafter; particularly enjoying crochet and jewellery making. I am currently enjoying books by Neil Gaiman. I am also a qualified nail tech – I love nail art.

A little extra about me: I have two fur-babies, Hope and Geoffrey :) 



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.



Saba Javed

Employability Administrator (Temporary)

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

My hobbies and interests include: I enjoy baking cakes (and eating them, of course) I love reading, my favourite novel is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I enjoy travelling, I love theatre, art galleries and museums.

A little extra about me: My favourite Disney movie is Aladdin!

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