Lecturer Faculty of Education and Society
I am Deputy Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Education Studies with Integrated Foundation Year and Lecturer on BA (Hons) Education Studies.
My journey into academia began as a mature student on an Access to Higher Education college course. I then went on to complete my BA (Hons) English Language and Literature degree at University of Sunderland before graduating with a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) QTLS (English Pathway).
I worked in the further education sector, where I taught functional skills, GCSE English, and A level English as well as A level drama, before returning to University of Sunderland. I became a lecturer in the School of Education on the PCET generic and English pathways and developed the enhanced mentoring model which is still delivered at Durham Sixth Form Centre.
I have now moved within the university to lecture on the undergraduate BA (Hons) Education Studies programme and develop the new BA (Hons) Education Studies with Integrated Foundation Year (IFY), where I can draw on my knowledge of further education to support the IFY students to develop their skills and knowledge to enable successful transition from level 3 to level 4 within a higher education setting.
I am passionate about inclusive education that considers the learner holistically, and I hope to encourage the future and current educationalists I encounter to consider adopting these approaches via my teaching, governorship and research.
Teaching and supervision
- I have conducted research with the aim of promoting greater student autonomy and opportunities for students to engage in meaningful assessment activity which was presented at RAISE 2022. I am currently evaluating the use of ePortfolio to promote engagement and authentic reflection with integrated foundation students and hope to share my findings at the Foundation Year Network Conference 2023. Future projects include measuring the impact on inclusivity across the curriculum when school staff engage with gender and diversity training.