Dr Heike Bartel is Trustee with portfolio for research and academia and joined the board in 2019.

Heike is associate professor of German at the School of Cultures, Language and Area Studies at Nottingham University, and Leader of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) - research network: Hungry for Words: an interdisciplinary approach to articulating, communicating and understanding Male Anorexia Nervosa which First Steps ED continues to be a key partner.

Heike works across the AHRC to educate and deliver further research into the rise among boys and men impacted by eating disorders and to break the perception that eating disorders are a female only problem. 

Heike also acts as an Eating Disorder in Students Services (EDISS) Ambassador in both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham promoting the benefits of our unique approach to supporting students at both universities with a mild to moderate eating difficulty. 

This includes sign-posting EDISS to train Lecturers’ by enhancing their knowledge of and to spot the signs of general mental health and eating disorders in students through our Skills for Professionals and Continued Professional Development (CPD) packages across both universities.