Dawne Irving-Bell


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    Dawne Irving-Bell, PhD, is a Reader and Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow with extensive experience of working in secondary, further and Higher Education settings.

    As a teacher, Dawne is passionate about inspiring students, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Dawne’s experiences shape her values, and she believes that effective learning is cultivated from positive relationships with students, which starts with excellent teaching. With students at the heart of her practice she creates ‘conversational’ environments where mutual respect nurtures the spirit as well as the mind, engaging learning opportunities that help all students to reach their potential.

    Dawne is dedicated to raising the profile of SoTL and passionate about creating opportunities for others. She established and leads The National Teaching Repository, a platform where colleagues can share interventions that lead to real improvements in teaching and learning in a way that secures recognition for their practice, making it citable, sharable and discoverable.

    Dawne is a member of The Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation at Lancaster University, and her research interests include the formation of learner identity, with a particular focus on STEM subject disciplines. The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL), and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching, including the use of technology (and social media) to engage and enhance learning. She also enjoys lecturing on visual thinking and advocates for technology and design education, for which she received a National Award sponsored by The James Dyson Foundation and The Royal Academy of Engineers from her subject association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to re-shaping design and technology teacher education.  

    Dawne is a member of The Staff and Educational Development Association’s (SEDA) Conference and Events Committee, the Scientific Committee for EuroSoTL, and Network Lead for the AdvanceHE Connect Social Media for Learning Group. She edits the Journal of Social Media for Learning and following an invitation from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning's (ISSOTL) Dawne was appointed to the Recognition Committee where she overseas developments of the associations Special Interest Groups (SIGs). In 2021 selected from a field of International academic scholars Dawne was appointed to lead ISSOTL's International Teaching Fellows in the delivery of a global pedagogy and scholarship project. 

    At her institution Dawne leads on her University’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching in Higher Education Programme, and the PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education Developing Practice through Pedagogic Research Module. Dawne is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and proud recipient of a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE2020).

    As an experienced External Examiner Dawne is accredited to deliver Advance HE's Professional Development Course (PDC) for external examiners and in her current position chairs institutional validations and leads on university-wide strategies to enhance the student learning experience, including Personal Tutoring. 


    ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8943-9559

    Email: belld@edgehill.ac.uk 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Educational Research, PhD, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2018

    Teaching and Learning in Higher Education , PGCert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

    Pre-Doctoral Studies, PGCert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2010

    Technology and Design Education, MA, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2007

    Design and Technology Education , BSc, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 31 Jul 1994

    Other positions

    International Teaching Fellowship Pedagogy and Scholarship Project Lead., International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    1 Sep 202130 Sep 2023

    Research Groups

    • Narrative Research Network (Education)
    • Higher Education Research Group


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