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Christine O'Leary

Dr Christine O'Leary

Principal Lecturer And Subject Group Leader For Languages And Cultures Subject Area


I am a Principal Lecturer in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. Following my appointment at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993, I have held a number of leadership and management roles including programme leadership, Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator, and more recently Associate Director for the Centre for Excellence in Promoting Learner Autonomy (CPLA), Director of Sheffield Business School's Centre for Pedagogic Research and Innovation (CPRI) Faculty Teaching Fellow with responsibility for assessment. I am currently Subject Group Leader for the Languages and Cultures Subject Area. I serve on a number of University Committees, including the University's Academic Board and until recently the Board of Governors. I am presently Vice-chair of the Sheffield Business School's Information and Consultation Committee.

Outside the University, I am a member of a number of professional associations including the HE Academy, the British Educational Research Association and the national UK Association for Language Learning (ALL). I represent the UK/ ALL  on the Western Commission of the International Federation of French Teachers (CEO-FIPF) and was Vice-chair and Treasurer of the Commission until July 2012. I am now a trustee of the FIPF.

I am an active researcher and participant in local, national and international research networks relating to the development of learner/ teacher autonomy within formal educational contexts and assessment. I have presented papers at both national and international conferences, and published articles in refereed publications in these areas since the mid 1990s.

  • About


    • 2011: PhD in Higher Education, University of Sheffield
    • 1992: MA French Literature, University of Sheffield
    • 1980: BA French Language and Literature with Spanish, University of Sheffield

    Principal Lecturer Subject Group Leader in Languages and Cultures

    Teaching expertise

    • Applied Linguistics
    • Area Studies
    • European Studies
    • I have a wide ranging experience in teaching French and French area studies from ab-initio to undergraduate/postgraduate degree level.
    • Intercultural Competence
    • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
    • Post Graduate Research - DBA
    • Post Graduate Research - MRes
    • Post Graduate Research - PhD
    • PRME


    • Assessment for learning
    • Business Education
    • Learner and Teacher autonomy
    • PRME
    • Student engagement

    Industry Links

    • Consultancy
    • CPD/ Training

  • Teaching

    Sheffield Business School

    Languages Studies

    2015 to present: Philosophies/ research methods, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    2006 to present: Msc OB/HRM. , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    1997 to present: Module leader and tutor for French Contemporary and Professional Studies 1, 2 ad 3 (previously Business, Society and Culture 1 to 3., Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    1993 to present: University Language Scheme French 1 to 6., Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Conference Paper: O'LEARY, C. (2017), 'Fostering Learner engagement and autonomy through assessment'. Paper presented at The 18th Association of University Language Centres (AULC) Annual Conference. Belfast,UK. Queen's University. 12-13 January

    Conference Paper: O'LEARY, C. (2017), 'Le rôle de l'émotionnel et du relationnel dans le développement de l'autonomie chez des étudiants de FLE d'une université britannique'. Paper presented at International Federation Eastern European Regional Congress, Varna, Bulgaria: Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen

    Conference Paper: O'LEARY, C. (2017), 'Innovation and Challenges in researching learner autonomy in context'. Paper presented at World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Conference

    Conference Paper: O'LEARY, C. GILLIGAN, C. (2016), 'Redesigning the curriculum to Incorporate the Principles of Responsible Management Education'. Paper presented at Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Conference, Nottingham

    Conference Paper: O'LEARY, C. (2011), 'Developing autonomous language learners: insights from practitioner research'. Paper presented at The AILA’s 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics. China: Beijing. 22-28 July

    Conference Paper: MACDONALD, R. O'LEARY, C. ROSIE, A. (2005), 'Putting Learner Autonomy Into Practice - Re-Visiting Learning Experiences'. Paper presented at Higher Education Academy (HEA) Conference. 29 June - 1 July

    Conference Paper: LAMB, T. O'LEARY, C. (2005), 'Rethinking Pedagogical Model for E.learning'. Paper presented at Language World Conference. 1 - 3 July

    Conference Paper: O'LEARY, C. (2002), 'Developing Autonomy Using Portfolio-Based Assessment'. Paper presented at Language World Conference, University of York

  • Other activities

    Research funding or grant

    • 2017: Contributor to the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Evaluation-HEFCE-funded, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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