Dr Sue Hignett

Director of HEPSU. Studied Ergonomics at Nottingham University (MSc) and received PhD from Nottingham in 2001 entitled 'Using Qualitative Methodology in Ergonomics: Theoretical Background and Practical Examples'. Previously employed in the Healthcare Industry as a Physiotherapist and Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer. Read Sue's full profile

Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Research Unit (HEPSU)

HEPSU is based within the Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University. Our mission is to carry out high quality, international research to support the development of safe and efficient working systems, products and environments for healthcare workers and patients.

Established in 2004, HEPSU provides a focus for a wide range of expertise including physical ergonomics, product and environmental (vehicle and building) design, sociotechnical systems, and applied physiology. HEPSU enjoys excellent links with other national and international ergonomics, clinical, design and operational management centres. Find out more


Loughborough University

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Loughborough was confirmed  as one of the country’s leading research universities. Every department was assessed as undertaking research that is internationally recognized, with 18% of the University’s research  considered to be ‘world leading’.

University research has been central to recognition of our “outstanding educational achievement in areas of service and benefit to the nation”, which has resulted in the award of six  Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, unsurpassed in the UK. Find out more

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