Responsible for the leadership and management of academic quality and standards within the College of Business, Technology and Engineering.
My current role is Head of Quality and Enhancement in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering where I have the responsibility for the leadership and management of all aspects of academic quality and standards. Prior to this I was the Head of Academic Operations for the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) where I developed and managed all operational matters across two newly formed academic departments. Following the University's restructuring of schools into departments in 2005, I was appointed to the role of Head of Programme Area for Art, Design, Media and Communications. This involved the management and leadership of a newly defined academic area comprising five subject groups, over 100 academic staff and approx. 2000 students. Having joined the University in 1996 I became the Subject Group Leader for the Centre for Design and Technology Education in 2001 and was subsequently responsible for developing the Centre into the largest training provider for Design and Technology teachers in the country, with a national and international reputation for curriculum development and innovation.
In addition to my current role I have managed the annual Creative Spark degree show since its inception, developing the exhibition from a series of independent shows to a major event with a prominent place in the University's calendar. Similarly I have managed the development of the SIA Gallery since its opening in the Cantor Building in 2008.
Before joining the University I worked as the Head of Design and Technology in the secondary school sector.
I have been involved in the teaching of all aspects of design and technology including subject study relating to graphics, electronics, CAD, designing and making. More recently my contribution to teaching has focused on the application of teaching and learning theory in the context of design and technology and the development of professional practice.
I have an interest in matters relating to management and leadership and contribute to MA teaching in this area.
Social Sciences and Arts
I am a member of the editorial board for Design and Technology Education: An International Journal and have contributed to a number of curriculum development initiatives and publications. My on-going interests include multidisciplinarity, leadership, management and assessment; particularly related to the creative disciplines.