I taught in primary, secondary and residential environmental education settings before joining the University in 1994. I led the primary and early years programme for seven years before taking up the role of deputy head of department in 2011 and head of department in 2013. My PhD focused on curriculum development in geography and ICT. I was also part of a transnational team that researched professional development using e-learning, in UK and international contexts, and jointly led the Pedagogy and New Technologies Research Group. I have presented on both geographical education and e-learning at national and international conferences.
I have also played an active role in :
• Subject association networks – the Geographical Association and the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education.
• National teacher education networks facilitated by UCET, the NCTL and the DfE.
I have supported knowledge transfer through:
• Organising partnership mentor training.
• Running geography teacher networks.
• Collaboratively developing a strategy to develop teacher networking and consultancy in the teacher education department.
• Engaging in school and college governance roles across the region.
I have held specific roles in journal editing teams to promote subject knowledge transfer and engagement with school-led teacher education. I have had substantial experience leading and participating in international teacher education projects. I also played a key role in the Euroland and Modicm European Socrates and Comenius projects. I led the Ecoschool project – an ITE project in which trainee teachers in Finland, Sweden, UK and Austria collaborated to investigate their local areas. In addition, I have advised primary schools on creating their own EU-funded networks. I have over ten years’ experience working on taught international masters level e-learning courses and have taught M-level students in Germany, England and Bonaire (Netherlands) using video conferencing, wiki creation, and a range of other e-learning applications. I was appointed head of department of the combined departments of Teacher Education and Education, Childhood and Inclusion (SIoE) in September 2019, and was appointed Professor of Education in July 2021. From September 2023 I have continued to contribute to education and teacher development in my Emeritus Professor role, and my role as a director and trustee.