Ms Vivienne Hinks

Senior lecturer Health and Wellbeing

Email address: Phone number: 01902 321144 Location: Wolverhampton City Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Aromatherapy Complementary Therapies Holistic approaches to healthcare


As a practising aromatherapist and educator for over 25 years I have contributed to several conferences, including the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine keynote speaker in 2007, and in 2013 Key note speaker at the 2nd IFPA conference in Osaka.

I am an active IFPA member and past chair of accreditation and education. In 2016 I completed a 12 years term, the maximum term as a member of 'HMAC' the Herbal Medicines Advisory Comittee, which is a cmmitee within the MHRA , the purpose of the committee is to safeguard the public by providing information and advice on herbal medicines.


Current appoitment:

Senior Lecturer Health & Well being, University of Wolverhampton (Part-time)

Summary of main repsonsibilities- Module leadership, personal tutor, project/dissertation supervison and teaching.

Current main teaching areas:

Holsitic approaches to Health

Anatomy and physiology

Volunteering and employability skills

Membership of professional bodies

  • Book reviewer; Journal of Herbal Medicine: Elsevier –last published review  JHM 4 (2014) 172-173 also available on line Science Direct
  • (IFPA) International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists ‘In Essence’ professional journal online
  • Various professional qualifications including diplomas in massage and aromatherapy, Bowen technique, and  acupuncture
  • IFEAT (International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades)


  • Post graduate diploma in acupuncture, Coventry University    (2013)
  • Post graduate Diploma in Perfumery                                     (2008)
  • MA Education-Teaching and Learning in HE                           (2004)                 
  • BSc Hons Health Studies                                                      (1994)
  • Various professional qualifications including diplomas in massage and aromatherapy, Bowen technique, and  acupuncture
  • IFEAT (International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Accupuncture, Coventry Univeristy


Conference Presentations

  • 2nd IFPA Conference Japan  Osaka, (2012), ‘Aromatherapy and the Mind Body Connection’            
  • Abu Dhabi UAE Conference: Complementary healthcare, (2011), ‘Aromatherapy in Integrated healthcare’
  • IFPA Annual UK Conference, 2011, ‘Aromatherapy in a Hospice setting’
  • The Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu and the Indian Council of Aromatherapy  Research and Development new Delhi. International Workshop on Aromatherapy,
  • ‘Aromatherapy, practice, safety and delivery in the UK’, September (2007).
  • RCN conference Aintree, Training and Education in Complementary Therapies, September (2006)
  • Sandwell Hospital Oncology Conference
  • Integrating Complementary Therapies into Cancer Care, November (2005)
  • IFPA Annual Conference, Regulation and Complementary therapies, September (2005).
  • University of Wolverhampton, Health and Spirituality Conference, September 2004.
  • Network Training Event, ‘Progression routes FE to HE’, March 2002 and 2004
  • RQA spring Seminar, ‘Aromatherapy in Eastern Europe’, 1999


Previous professional experience

  • Lecturer to medical practitioners in Bulgaria, on specialised health project for Eastern Europe.
  • Principal lecturer/ aromatherapy trainer for Neals Yard Remedies
  • Moderator, examiner for the International Federation of Aromatherapists.
  • Practising Aromatherapist and Aromatherapy Consultant
  • Acupuncturist
  • Holistic Stress Management Practitioner
  • Hospice at home therapist
  • Management of Therapy Clinics  and therapy retreats

Further information

  • Involved in various professional aromatherapy programmes throughout the UK and internationally. 
  • Participation in workshops and training events at Bristol cancer help centre including Holistic assessment, The Bristol approach cancer care, and the introduction of complementary therapies in to a healthcare organisation.
  • Panel member for validation of Thames Valley University Foundation Degree in complimentary therapies.
  • Reviewer and adviser to several subject related modules throughout the UK.
  • Provision of therapeutic retreats in Snowdonia, providing treatments and workshops for participants.