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Principal Lecturer Independent Distance Learning

I am the Principal Lecturer for IDL within the Faculty of Education and Society.  Having lead the PGCE Education (IDL), a world-leading distance learning PGCE programme for several years my role is to now lead on IDL across the School. 
My experience in education is wide and varied. Having studied Professional Education Studies and History as an undergraduate, I began my career with Northumbria Probation Service before moving into education to work with those who found mainstream schooling unsuitable.

My work as a Curriculum Area Coordinator, led to me working with a variety of groups including Family Learning, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Youth Choices and GCSE English and Maths. This led to my involvement in staff development and teacher education.

In 2011, I moved to the University of Sunderland to take up a role on the PGCE PCET English pathway and delivered the Additional Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy) for those who were already qualified teachers but who wished to specialise in English or Literacy teaching.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching includes Approaches to Meeting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, English and Society, Advancing Pedagogy in English Teaching and Subject Studies.

The underpinning themes of all areas I work in is empowering learners to succeed and equipping teachers of the future with the skills in order to help students to succeed.


My MA dissertation: Impact of professionalisation on “person-making”. Are the values of the practitioner changing? This continued my interest in empowering both teachers and students to progress.

I am currently investigating the development of bilingual teacher education to meet the demands of changing landscapes across Asia.


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Conference or Workshop Item

Duffy, Kate and Ross, Dionne (2016) Recognising Character Development In Our Learning Autobiographies. In: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 4-6th Jul 2016, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)

Duffy, Kate and Ross, Dionne (2016) RECOGNISING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN OUR LEARNING AUTOBIOGRAPHIES. In: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 4-6 Jul 2016, Barcelona.

This list was generated on Sun Sep 27 04:41:32 2020 BST.
  • Distance Learning
  • Teacher Education
  • Literacy Education

The PGCE Education (IDL) is increasing and developing with the introduction of the offer to the UK market as well as international school based teachers. The programme works with over 500 schools internationally ranging from the UK and Jersey to Hong Kong and Vietnam. We work with early years kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. 

I was elected as a member of the Institute for Learning Advisory Council 2013 and was Vice Chair of Governors at St Mary’s Primary School, Sunderland, 2012-2016.

Last updated 26 June 2020

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