As Head of Educational Partnerships and Skills in the Directorate of Business Engagement Skills and Employability (BESE) I am responsible for leading and managing SHU’s portfolio of UK partnerships – including relationships with Further Education colleges. The role includes working with a range of regional and national stakeholders to ensure the delivery of the University’s strategic priorities associated with education and skills development including franchised/ validated provision, higher and degree apprenticeships and learner pathways.
My previous roles included that of Head of Quality and Enhancement in the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences where I was responsible 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.
As Head of Programme Area for Art, Design, Media and Communications I was responsible for 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 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 this role I was involved in UG/ PG teaching in of all aspects of design and technology education including professional practice, graphics, electronics, CADCAM, designing and making.
Before joining the University, I worked as a 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.