My first degree is in Philosophy, from the University of London’s Heythrop College. I have an MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Essex and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. While at Sheffield, I also gained a PCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education). I recently successfully completed an MBA with The Open University (OU).
I currently have a dual role at the OU: Senior Faculty Manager (SFM), as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), and Senior Manager, Student Success (SMSS), a member of the FASS Student Support Team (SST) Senior Management Group. As SFM, I am responsible for the selection, induction and ongoing professional development of Associate Lecturers (ALs). Managing a team of ALs distributed across the East Midlands, I monitor and evaluate their performance against learning and teaching objectives, thereby ensuring continuous improvement across the team as well as students’ high quality learning experience. As SMSS, I share responsibility with the Director of the SST for the development of the service’s strategy and its translation into operational delivery. I make recommendations to the Director of the SST relating to the criteria used with Management Information systems (including the University’s bespoke SST Data Tool), ensuring accurate and timely data is used to underpin the strategic and operational decisions of the SST.
I was an OU AL from 2001 to 2003 and then again from 2009 to 2012. During the first period I also taught for the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Lifelong Learning and the University of Leeds’ School of Continuing Education. During the second period I also worked as a Student Services Manager (Advice and Guidance), as part of the OU’s advisory team in Nottingham. In the intervening years I worked at Deakin University, Australia (as Education Adviser and Advocacy Co-ordinator), the University of Kent (as Manager, Student Learning Advisory Service) and the University of Sussex (as Education Developer).
I am a member of the Association of University Administrators.