I am a Senior Lecturer working in academic development and doctoral researcher at The University of Lincoln and am the lead for the HEFCE Catalyst funded research project, ‘Intervention for Success’, at this institution. The project aims to enhance the support and interventions given to HE students through academic personal tutoring.
I am currently researching all things personal tutoring and therefore, pastoral and academic support more widely. Having written a book for the practice of personal tutoring which aims to define the personal tutor, I am exploring proactive, holistic conceptions of tutoring further and their implications.
I am working on a new and timely book on personal tutoring and coaching for the HE sector with colleagues from the universities of Sheffield, Bolton and Derby, to be published in September 2018. My first well-received book is entitled ‘Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor: Supporting Learners through Personal Tutoring and Coaching’ and was published in October 2015.
I have designed and delivered staff development on personal tutoring, am a member of the UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT) Professional Development committee and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Previously, within further education, I held the roles of manager of personal tutoring and head of department for English. I always taught alongside managerial roles, most recently as course leader of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education course in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. Going further back, I was a manager of English and full-time teacher of English for several years.
A keen writer, researcher and blogger within education, I’m passionate about the impact the support side of the Lecturer’s role, including personal tutoring and coaching, can have on students individually, as well as on institutions more broadly, and I’m committed to developing this field further. As such, I am keen to make connections with others about writing, research and development.