My first Degree was in Fine Art and Education Studies which heightened my interest in art and design education and the history of art education provision in Britain and Europe. ON completion of my degree I successfully applied for a bursary funded PhD 'The impact of Educational Reform on the Wolverhampton School of Art and Design'. During my PhD I became further drawn into local history and was a founding member of the Wolverhampton History and Heritage Society (now known as the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society).
During my PhD I became a Visiting Lecturer in Contextual Studies and Fine Art as well as running modules in Product Design Research.
I was part of a team of colleagues who developed a coherent study support strategy for the School of Art and Design, culminating in a designated leaning centre which was part of a successful CELT Bid from the Higher Education Academy. My experience in the area of learning skills and specific educational needs has been further developed through my role as Faculty Enabling Tutor which I have held for almost ten years.