Sealey Associates


Higher Education Innovation and Collaboration

We are a network of trusted higher education and innovation practitioners who offer specialist experience supporting innovation and collaboration.

Higher education policy knowledge

Sector-specific experience and networks

Online workshop support and facilitation

Proposal and business case writing skills

Research knowledge exchange capabilities

Higher education programme development expertise




Zibah’s career spans 30 years of experience in both academia and industry. She worked at the British Council and the London Borough of Croydon before starting her own business, TOP Kids, co- ordinating nurseries and out-of-school clubs. Subsequently, she established AFFIRM Consulting, Training and Coaching, a women’s professional and personal development organisation. She is a freelance trainer and consultant, as well as a postdoctoral researcher exploring the welfare and wellbeing of female students in African universities and colleges.

Qualifications and positions:

Senior Research Associate, School of Education, University of Bristol
Licensed trainer, Springboard Women’s Development Programme and Sprint Development Programme
PhD and MEd Educational Leadership, Policy and Development (University of Bristol); BA Foreign Languages (University of Benin)
Certificated Life Coach
Diploma in Childcare and Playwork
Trustee for the Professor Festus Nwako Foundation

Key skills

Bridging gaps between research theory and praxis
Managing interdisciplinary projects to ensure sustainability, knowledge exchange and public engagement
Research fieldwork using participatory methodologies and creative methods
Training and consultancy on African women's development, life skills and youth entrepreneurship 

Sealey Associates projects

Knowledge Exchange on Decolonisation in Public and Community Arts, Culture and Heritage - University of Exeter



Emily is a public and policy engagement expert, specialising in engagement strategy, community coproduction and training. She is former Partnerships Director at Sense about Science, where she developed the researcher-led public engagement programme, and led the quality and peer review programme for a UK-wide network of early career researchers.

Emily has a background in scientific publishing, including as managing editor of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where she developed expertise in research culture including evidence standards and peer review. Emily has designed and delivered specialist coaching and training for early and mid-career researchers in public, patient, policy and media engagement; including for Exeter University, University of Central Lancashire and the ESRC postdoctoral fellowship.

Qualifications and positions:

Associate, Sense About Science
BSc Biological Science (UMIST)
Advisory Board of Campbell UK & Ireland
Science Committee member, British Nutrition Foundation

Key skills

Public engagement
Media engagement
Scholarly publishing, evidence standards and peer review

Sealey Associates projects

ESRC Professional Development Programme UCLan policy engagement mentoring UPEN: Investing in policy engagement capacity



Rebecca is a policy and public engagement expert, specialising in engagement strategy, delivery and training. She has collaborated with researchers from numerous institutions on public and policy engagement projects spanning science, social science and the humanities, as well as providing tailored training and coaching. She is the former Deputy Director of Sense about Science, a charity that champions evidence in public discussion and policy making. She has a background in news and current affairs, at the BBC and ITV, and began her career at Westminster. Rebecca has written two books on social policy for Penguin Random House: Shattered and Man Up.

Qualifications and positions:

Associate, Sense About Science  Learning Associate, Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE)
Trustee, Coram Family and Childcare

Key skills

Policy engagement
Public engagement
Strategy development

Sealey Associates projects

ESRC Professional Development Programme
UCLan policy engagement mentoring
UPEN: Investing in policy engagement capacity

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