I have enjoyed a varied career, having worked in marketing, operations, and training before education. However, it is teaching that won my heart – it is the hardest, most challenging and best job I have ever had!
My first teaching experience was as an ESOL Tutor in Italy, before deciding to complete a PGCE with the University of Sunderland. From here, I began delivering Functional Skills Maths and English for a charity provider, and later joined a large FE college as Personal Tutor, Lecturer and then Curriculum Manager. In this role, I was responsible for the provision within my department of FE, HE and professional qualifications, as well as managing a team of Lecturers. I have experience as an external examiner and as an external quality assurer of vocational qualifications. Such diverse experience is invaluable for my students as it brings to life the reality of working as an educator in further, adult and vocational education. I am passionate about teaching and the life-changing opportunities education can provide for people and feel lucky every day to be an educator in this dynamic sector.
I have a Masters in Human Resource Management (MSc, Distinction) and I am a professional member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). My primary area of interest is qualitative research around mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Teaching and supervision
I am Programme Leader (and Module Leader) for the part-time, in-service PG/CE PCET courses. I am also a personal tutor and lecturer, teaching on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post-Compulsory Education and Training qualification.
My previous experience here at the University includes Dissertation Supervisor (BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management).