Head of Educational Development
Queen Mary University of London
After graduating with a degree in Sociology I trained as a nurse so I might pursue a career that paid me to do what I loved best, communicating with and caring for others. As a cancer specialist and palliative care nurse I was an early advocate of improving the physical and psychological care of those who were dying, as well as championing support for their families and carers. I went on to gain a Masters in Palliative Care and a Doctorate in Professional Practice (Education).
For the last twenty years I have worked in higher education building a reputation as a competent, innovative and reflexive educator who empowers academic staff and improves the student experience. From 2007-2016 I played a significant role at Middlesex University as Director of Post-graduate Programmes in Education and Learning & Teaching Lead for Department of Education .
In 2015, I received the award of Principal Fellow by the Higher Education Academy as an acknowledgement of my making a sustained contribution to teaching excellence through the design, delivery and evaluation of high quality educational development programmes in the UK and overseas.
I am on the Editorial Committee of Educational Developments which is the journal for the Staff Educational Development Association, regularly reviewing and editing a range of articles and book reviews for this quarterly publication.
In June 2016 I was appointed as Head of Educational Development at Queen Mary University London. A crucial part of my role is planning and advising on educational development activities, projects and initiatives which meet the needs of the academy, students, staff, external clients, employers and professional bodies. I have become particularly interested in evaluating the impact of educational development work and the most effective ways of leading educational development teams.
My research has focused on the experiences of early career academics and in particular how they develop as educators both within the academy and their subject discipline; how intersections of gender, race , religion and class are relevant to student learning experience and the development of frameworks which enable educational developers and academics to collaborate effectively in transplinary spaces . I draw on sociological , educational and nursing theories to support best pedagogical practice and this is reflected in my work with faculty.
I am very much looking forward to being at ICED 2018 in Atlanta.