I am Senior Lecturer in post-compulsory education and passionate about teacher education. I have significant hands-on experience, having worked in further education colleges for most of my working life. I have led teacher training at a large FE college, developing an interest in innovative approaches to teacher education and development. I have also worked for the Institute for Learning as Regional Advisor, running CPD events as well as supporting and assessing QTLS applications. This broadened my experience and I became interested in teacher development and experience across the wider post-compulsory sector. Another expansion of my interests and experiences came from working for an educational research organisation, where I specialised in research informed practice, designing and delivering programmes for supporting professional enquiry.
Widening participation is key focus for me, and I have always used my experience to help promote, manage and support national programmes, such as Access to Higher education courses, serving on awarding body committees, and setting up regional networks.
My years of work with in-service teachers has given me a broad experience of the academic and vocational demands teachers face, and I have successfully supported teachers in a wide variety of curriculum areas, ranging from construction to accounting.
I remain fascinated by how learning works in different contexts and how the experience of students and tutors can be supported, celebrated and improved. My current PhD research focuses on understanding and comparing communities of practice within a diverse range of lifelong learning settings.