Dr Val Hall

Head of Lifelong Learning Partnerships

Email address: V. Hall@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323376 Location: Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Leadership Coaching/Working with Action Learning Sets/Student Voice

About

Dr Val Hall joined the University of Wolverhampton in September 2015 to take up the post of Head of Lifelong Learning Partnerships.  Val has been a Teaching Excellence Fellow and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Val’s practice and research explores the perceptions that individuals have in relation to their personal and social identities, including self-concept and self-categorisation.  Val is particularly interested in the development of student voice and the spaces within which dialogue occurs between students and teachers.  She has explored the frameworks and layers within and around communities of practice and has a focus on ecological learning systems and the potential for these to be utilized further in student-teacher interactions.

Research interests

  • Personal and social identity
  • Self-concept
  • Communities of practice
  • Ecological Learning Systems
  • Agency
  • Student voice
  • Coaching and mentoring, and ethical implications
  • Teacher education
  • Adult and community learning
  • Mental health and wellbeing in relation to education

Qualifications

  • Post-graduate Certificate in Supervision in the Helping Professions
  • ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching
  • Doctorate of Education (Widening Participation)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management: Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Managers
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Leading Educational Practice
  • Diploma in Adult Numeracy Subject Specialist
  • Master of Education (Lifelong Learning)
  • BSc (Open): IT, Maths and Psychology
  • Cert. Ed. (Further, Adult and Higher Education)

Publications

Hall, V. J. (2017) A Tale of Two Narratives: Student Voice – What Lies Before Us? Oxford Review of Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2016.1264379

Wright, V., Loughlin, T., Hall, V. (2017) ‘Lesson observation and feedback in relation to the developing identity of student teachers’, TEAN Journal, 9(1), pp 100-112. http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620290

Hall, V. J. (2015) Exploring teacher-student interactions: communities of practice, ecological learning systems – or something else. Journal of Further and Higher Education.http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0309877X.2015.1070395

Hall, V. J. (2014) Peer Observations as a Vehicle for Engaging with the Student Voice: A Phenomenological Inquiry. SAGE Research Methods Caseshttp://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013508713

Hall, V. J. and Spiller, M. (2014) Recognising and Developing Professional Support Staff: The Emergent Staffordshire professional. Staff Development Forum, Sheffield.(ISSN 2053-745X)

Conference Presentations

Hall, V. J. (2014) The Staffordshire Professional Project. Association of University Administrators, 15th April 2014 (University of Manchester)

Conference Workshops 

Hall, V. J. and Lillie, C. (2014) Parity of Esteem for Professional Support Staff. Association of University Administrators, 15th April 2014 (University of Manchester)

Hall, V. J. (2014) Using peer observations as a platform for developing expert students and enabling student voice. Daring to make an impact: Dynamic qualitative research conference (University of Keele).

Previous professional experience

Staffordshire University

Professional Development Manager

Working in a cross-organisational role, a strong focus was given to providing support and development to individuals and teams across a variety of academic areas and professional support services.  This included professional development in relation to leadership and management, knowledge and skills development relevant to competency and behaviour based frameworks, and one-to-one coaching and coaching supervision. In addition, I have a continuing interest in research and development in relation to identity, self concept and self-efficancy, and the improvement of teaching and learning.

  • Taught on PgCHPE
  • Taught and supervised Masters
  • Guest speaker on D.Ed.
  • Ph.D second supervisor
  • Taught and IV on ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring in Management
  • Internal Reviewer for HEA Routes to Fellowship.
  • Teaching Excellence Fellow. Development of TEF Blog on Twitter.
  • Project Lead for AUA Staffordshire Professional.
  • Change management CPD.
  • Master Classes delivered on Coaching and Mentoring to external organisations

Stoke on Trent College of FE

Assistant Director for Essential Skills and Community Learning

Line management of up to 45 staff across multiple sites: monitoring of KPIs and implementation of appropriate actions; monitoring of budget; quality assurance boards; self-assessment reviews; identification of staff development requirements through appraisal system and strategies to improve staff performance; coaching and mentoring; supporting teams to manage change; mediation support. Member of cross-college graded observation team. Development of curriculum offer and flexible delivery options. Development of external networks: workplace and community-based provision.  Support for teaching staff through role as an Advanced Skills Practitioner.  Creation and monitoring of quality assurance processes.

Stoke on Trent College of FE

Manager of College in the Community

Line management of 16 staff and multiple sites: monitoring of KPIs and implementation of appropriate actions; monitoring of budget; quality assurance boards; self-assessment reviews; identification of staff development requirements; coaching and mentoring; supporting teams to manage change; lead responsibility on Learner Voice on cross-college Internal Review team. Member of cross-college graded observation team. Managing external contract with Local Authority.  Development of external community-based networks.  Leading and facilitating action-research projects.  Support for teaching staff through role as an Advanced Skills Practitioner. Creation and monitoring of quality assurance processes.

Stoke on Trent College of FE

Area Co-ordinator and Lecturer – Skills for Life

Developing and promoting innovative teaching and learning methodologies to contribute to raising standards within the Skills for Life Faculty (maths and English). Providing advice and guidance to learners, initial and diagnostic assessments. Undertaking lesson observations cross-college for mentoring, professional support and development.  Dissemination of best practice through Advanced Skills Teacher role, e-learning mentor and college lead on ICT Pathfinder project.

Further information

  • Senior Fellow of HEA
  • Fellow of the Society for Education and Training
  • Fellow of the Association of University Administrators
  • Details of current supervision:

    PhD: Exploring how far local economic context and cultural expectations affect motivation, retention and success for adults in post-compulsory education