Labour MEP for the South East
Anneliese was born and brought up in Scotland, but moved to the South East of England in 1996, where she has been based since. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Aston University. She moved to Aston primarily because of its record on promoting access for local Black and Minority ethnic and working class students. Previous to this Anneliese was Acting Director of the National Institute for Health Research Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre at King's College, London, and before that, an Economic and Social Research Council postgraduate fellow at the London School of Economics. At Aston, Anneliese has been responsible for Community Engagement for her School, organising regular events for local children to experience university life and continuing the work on access to higher education which began when she served as President of Oxford University Student Union, for which she was nominated for the Cosmopolitan 'Woman of the Year' award.
Anneliese's research focuses on what Britain can learn from other European countries to improve the safety and quality of health care, to combat social exclusion, and to make regulation more effective. She is the author of over twenty peer-reviewed articles and books. Anneliese has served as an invited Professor at universities in formerly war-torn Kosovo, where she has also been engaged in research on electricity supply- essential in a region where extreme energy poverty is normal. If you have visited this page in relation to Anneliese's research work, please click here to access her official work webpage.
Anneliese is also engaged in activism with the Labour party, having campaigned in over thirty constituencies and served in a variety of roles including as a parliamentary candidate in two high-profile seats. She is founder and convenor of 'Universities for Labour', a network of Labour-supporting academics and higher education staff. For more information about 'Universities for Labour', please check out its website here.
Anneliese is an active trade unionist as a member of both Unite and UCU, has represented poorly-paid fixed-term staff, and is a member of the Cooperative Party. She is Chair of Trustees and website manager for an advice centre which helped over 1,600 people in 2011-12 with debt and benefit problems- problems which are becoming more acute with the Coalition's punitive policies against the poor and vulnerable.