About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education (HE) and doctoral researcher at the University of Derby and Manchester Metropolitan University.  I teach on the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE, facilitate workshops for academic staff and contribute to both universities’ personal tutoring provision.  I am Vice-Chair of the UK Advising and Tutoring association (UKAT), the sectoral voice and leading association for personal tutors and academic advisors.

I am currently researching all things personal tutoring and therefore, pastoral and academic support more widely.  Having written two books for the practice of personal tutoring in further and higher education, I am exploring proactive, holistic conceptions of tutoring further and their implications.  I am co-author of the highly regarded Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education which includes a foreword by Professor Liz Thomas, the author of the What Works? reports, seminal works on student retention and success.

Previously, I undertook higher education research at the University of Lincoln and produced resources and an accompanying academic development programme for personal tutoring.  Prior to working at Lincoln, I was a teacher educator within college-based higher education in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.   Going further back, I was Head of English and a full-time teacher of English for several years.

I am the coordinator and originator of UKAT’s current popular webinar series, Tutoring Matters, and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  I also happen to be the drummer in Sheffield indie band, kath auto, and do some freelance music journalism.

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 am committed to developing this field further.  As such, I am keen to make connections with others about writing, research and development.