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    My current post as Faculty Learning and Teaching Development Lead involves working across the Faculty to introduce new initiatives to enhance learning and teaching within both OfS and ITE programmes. Previous to this I had led PGCE Business programmes, which had developed from my experiences of teaching Business and Economics within a local sixth form college.

    In addition, I work across the University on key priorities, disseminating outwards the good and excellent practice that exists within the Faculty as well as bringing good practice and policy into the Faculty.  Facilitating this role has been my membership of the Institutional Learning and Teaching Fellowship scheme as Faculty Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow and Learning and Teaching Fellow.  As a result of this I led a University-wide working group regarding the experience of and support for Commuter Students.  

    A key aspect of my current role ismy role as Chair of the Faculty Employability Sub-Committee, reflecting and enhancing my current research interest of employability and the interplay between social justice/ social mobility within a neo-liberal agenda where success is measured by government definitions of highly-skilled and well-paid employment. 

    Whilst a PGCE  Business programme leader I undertook research into the development of pedagogy that supports the delivery of the Business curriculum such as problem based learning, BTEC delivery, and the place of Business Links to deliver an outstanding learning experience for business students within 11-19 educational contexts.  

    And previous to all of this, I was a Senior Investment Manager (i.e stockbroker) with Wise Speke & Co, which became part of Brewin Dolphin plc.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Education (Educational Leadership), , MA, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 26 Jul 2013

    PGCE Economics (11-18) , Other, Coventry University

    Award Date: 23 Jul 1993

    Theology, BA, London School of Theology

    Award Date: 21 Jul 1989

    Management and Business Studies, BA

    Award Date: 10 Jun 1983

    Other positions

    External Consultant, North Manchester ITT Teaching Partnership

    26 Apr 202131 Aug 2021

    External Examiner, Education Programme, Liverpool John Moores University

    1 Sep 202031 Aug 2024

    Governor, Bishop David Sheppard Church of England Primary School

    1 Sep 201531 Aug 2023

    Chief External Examiner, PGCE Secondar Programme, University of Portsmouth

    1 Sep 201231 Aug 2014

    External Examiner, PGCE Business, University of Portsmouth

    1 Sep 200931 Aug 2014


    • L Education
    • Employability
    • Social Justice
    • ITE
    • Problem Based Learning


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