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|Role:||Learning Developer and Faculty link to Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Contacting me:||via email or phone|
I received my first degree, a BA Hons in English with American Studies at St Johns, York, after which I spent six years as an English teacher then teacher-trainer in Tokyo, Japan. I returned to the UK in 1996 to complete a PG Diploma in Cultural Representation at Staffordshire University and establish a new career. In 1998 I joined the education team at Stoke-on-Trent College and completed a PGCE with Manchester Metropolitan University, continuing on to lead the Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development team, designing and delivering the PGCE (Further, Adult and Higher Education) awards with Staffordshire University.
I have completed a PG Diploma in ‘Advancing Pedagogy’ with Oxford Brookes University, secured an LSIS research fellowship that allowed me to explore joint practice development as a tool for teachers’ continuing professional development and received a Master’s Research Degree with Distinction in Education from Sunderland University. I have a particular interest in holistic and integrated curriculum development, collaborative learning, action research and formative assessment.
As lecturer and tutor on the Certificate in Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Education I learned how important it is to focus on underpinning academic practices such as critical analysis/reading/reflection; developing an argument; and structuring discussion, in order to support students to engage confidently in higher level learning. I joined the Student Learning team at Keele University in January 2015, linked to the HUMSS faculty as a Learning Developer in a role that gives me the opportunity to put that learning and experience to work on a wider front.