Mrs Megan Thomas

Head of Academic Quality

Email address: M.P.Thomas@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 8841 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Academic Quality Areas of expertise: Academic Quality

About

Whilst I am an adult nurse by background I have worked in the HE sector for 20+ years. During this time I worked for many years in the education of pre and post registration nursing developing expertise in the development and delivery of programmes of learning which met the needs of professional partners. Whilst my ability to work collaboratively with others led to the development of many new educational partnerships, my interest in ensuring students achieved an equitable, challenging but enjoyable experience which meets national and professional standards led to my current role as Head of Academic Standards. I strongly believe that quality assurance and the equity of the student experience are fundamental to a successful and sustainable teaching and learning experience.

My leadership style is facilitative and through my enthusiasm I am able to motivate others, leading by example. This is evidenced through a variety of projects that I have led, supporting and co-ordinating others and actively participating in the process. I seek to use this opportunity to learn together, building on the expertise of individual group members to improve the quality and outcome of the project.

I have been an External Advisor for several programmes of learning from Undergraduate to Doctorate level at a range of universities providing support and advice to developmental teams.  I have also been an External Examiner at several universities for a range of Professional Undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes ensuring I have a sound knowledge and understanding of the HE sector and PSRB requirements.

 

Membership of professional bodies

Reviewer for Nurse education today

Qualifications

Doctorate in Education. How do registered nurses learn about practice- a

qualitative study. Open university

Master of Education (life-long learning) Open University.

Bachelor of Science Honours Social Sciences, Open University (2:1)

Certificate of Education (CNAA) Harrow College of F.E.

 

Publications

Thomas, M. and Westwood, N. (2016) Student evaluation of hub and spoke model of placement allocation- an evaluative study. Nurse Education Today Vol 46 p24-28

Foxall, F. and Tanner, M. (2008) Work-based Learning: Quantifying Enhancements to Healthcare Practice. http://hdl.cqu.edu.au/10018/13980

Previous professional experience

Principle lecturer Head of Awards   2009 - 2013

Quality enhancement and monitoring across the School of health and Wellbeing with responsibility for

  • Module evaluation
  • External examination
  • Collaborative links
  • Recognition of Prior learning
  • Validation activity
  • Monitoring the development and delivery of the curricula across the School
  • Research supervision
  • Moderation processes

Principal Lecturer, Post Qualifying Undergraduate Subject Leader, University of Wolverhampton with the following specific roles    2005 - 2009

  • Monitor and manage innovation and development of the curriculum of the undergraduate post qualifying portfolio.
  • Manage and develop of the work-based learning awards
  • Manage and develop activities related to the accreditation of prior learning in conjunction with external healthcare organisations
  • Work collaboratively with other teams both internal and external to the university
  • Develop effective collaborative partnerships
  • Liaise with external examiners
  • Manage a team of staff working within the post qualifying area
  • Support the development of research and consultancy within the post qualifying team

Senior Lecturer, School of Health, University of Wolverhampton with    1998 - 2005

specific roles as

  • Award leader for work based learning programmes
  • APL advisor- cross school
  • Admissions tutor for post qualifying nursing area
  • Teaching a variety of open learning and taught modules to post qualifying nurses

Senior Lecturer, University of the West of EnglandBristol. Pre- registration nursing   1996 - 1997

Nurse Tutor, BathSchool of Nursing and Midwifery, Bath. Pre-registration nursing   1994 - 1996

Senior staff nurse Care of the older person, Paulton community Hospital, Bath   1991 - 1994

Nurse tutor, pre-registration, Hertfordshire School of Health, Watford.   1984 - 1987

Senior Sister. Trauma Unit, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol    1982 - 1984

Sister. Trauma orthopaedic unit. Southampton General Hospital,   Southampton   1981 - 1982

Further information

External advisor for Professional Doctorate Keele University- current

External advisor for MSc Advancing Nursing Practice (work-based learning) - Keele University, April 2010

External advisor for MSc Nursing and Midwifery and BSc (Hons) Nursing and Midwifery - University of Cumbria, May 2009

Key Proposer for the validation/ revalidation of the following awards: BSc (Hons) Clinical and professional framework, (2008) Certificate in Palliative Care, (2008) Diploma and BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Healthcare (work based learning, 2003) MSc Professional Studies in Healthcare- work based learning (2003)

Chair of RPL committee.

Deputy Chair of FHEW Quality Enhancement Committee.

Member of periodic review panels

Chair of numerous validation events internal, collaborative and international

Chair of assessment boards

Chair of collaborative management committee

Chair of university periodic review panels