I have worked at Sheffield Hallam since September 1999 and have held a number of different and varied academic roles during this time. A common connection between all of these roles is my passion for student learning and an appreciation of the need to understand and improve the student journey from entry through to exit and beyond. I am passionate about the holistic experience of the student and I am acutely aware of the need and responsibility of higher education to enable students to travel through their degree with confidence, resilience and enquiry. Throughout my entire time here, I have taught students at undergraduate and postgraduate level on social science modules as well as develop, lead and teach on transition modules and work placement.
My current role sees me working at College level across six academic departments on areas of curriculum design, course development, student voice and academic advising. I work closely with the Students' Union on activities concerning Course, Department and College Reps. I am involved with supporting staff undertaking research on student experience projects for their departments. I line manage the College's e-learning team and take an active interest in how technology can enhance student learning and staff teaching practice.
For the four years before this, I was the Head of Academic Development for the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics. This role saw me take strategic responsibility at Departmental level for learning, teaching and assessment and student experience, including responses to key survey metrics. I line managed the departmental Quality Lead and Employability Lead as well as developing a successful academic development leadership group, which benefited from representation from the Students Union, library services, e-learning team and key staff from the department.
I have been Subject Group Leader (Politics) for a year and a half and enjoyed line managing and work planning 7 staff and developing the course together. Before this, I was the Departmental QSME Lead for 3 years, which was my Principal Lecturer promotion. Here I got to see the connections between quality assurance and quality enhancement. I also developed, with the then College's Head of Quality, a student guide on how to avoid allegations of cheating in academic work. In July 2012, I organised and ran an HEA subject workshop at Sheffield Hallam on 'New Developments in Placement Learning (Politics)'. For the two years prior to this, I took on a new role in the College as Learning Hub Manager. This was job-shared with a professional services colleague and it was our task to develop the concept and realisation of staff and student enhanced experience of virtual and physical learning spaces.
My earliest days at Hallam saw me take on the role of course leader for the Politics degree, as well as gaining SWAP (HEA) funding for exploring aspects of internationalising student work experiences. I have a real interest in gardening and garden design, although my enthusiasm outweighs any practical ability.
Specialist areas of interest
Higher Education pedagogy