School Learning and Teaching Coordinator
Department of Health and Wellbeing
tel: 01905 542363
I am a Sociologist who works across the different courses in the School to support the continued development of the excellent Learning and Teaching happening in our courses. I teach primarily on the Foundation Degrees and encourage students to consider some of the theoretical underpinnings of work practice and written assessments. I make sure that every student has the opportunity to have their voice and their ideas shared as we learn together about the ways in which our practice and wider society have helped to develop each other. You can expect lectures that will challenge you, help you to explore your own personal and professional values and enable you to understand your life experiences in new ways.
2018: University of Worcester: Post Graduate Certificate in Research Enquiry
2014: University of Worcester PGCE: Higher Education Learning and Teaching
2010: Birmingham City University PGCE: Post Compulsory Education and Training
2009: University of Worcester: MA Contemporary Studies (Sociology)
2007: University of Worcester: BA (Hons) Sociology
Teaching & Research
After starting my teaching career as an academic, rather than a practitioner, I was in the unusual position in the School of Allied Health and Community, of being able to replicate the lived experiences of being a new student on their first placement. This project: “walking a mile in their shoes”, has meant undertaking the same Work Based Learning module that first year Foundation Degree students study. This has enabled me to develop reflective artefacts, create model assessments and to share relevant experiences that have encouraged and supported classroom learning.
I lead the team who teach on the 1st year Effective Communication and Ethical Practice module. Much of my teaching utilises contemporary images and interactive forums to create discussion and space to ensure that students are given a safe space in which to reflect on their value base.
I also lead a module where second year students develop the theoretical knowledge needed to support the delivery of a project of their own design, supporting Service Users in their work setting. I also teach on the 2nd year research module and aim to make complex ideas accessible through a range of approaches including consuming confectionary!
I also have the privilege of teaching academic development to students across the School, meeting Midwives, Paramedics, and Social Workers, both staff and students.
I am currently involved in a number of research projects in quite diverse areas.
Along with other Foundation Degree team members I was part of a project that examined the impact of their student experiences on our alumni. Further research is now planned on following up on their future career trajectories.
I am part of a cross-institute team that working with a local high school examining the effects of a cultural exchange programme with China. We are supporting parents, staff and pupils in the application of reflection to develop ‘cultural curiosity'.
I am also working with another cross-institute research team that are exploring the experiences of Personal Academic Tutoring here at the university.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2016 Learning & Teaching Conference presentation: The role of FDs in enabling students to achieve work place success or progression
2016 Changing professional identity in the transition from practitioner to lecturer in higher education: an interpretive phenomenological analysis Research in Post-Compulsory Education
2017 Learning & Teaching Conference presentation: The impact of the Personal Academic Tutor roles for staff