I have taught for the Open University, Cambridge University, FE colleges and schools. I hold a PgCert, Advanced Diploma in teaching and course development in HE, Advance HE Principal Fellowship, a National Teaching Fellowship. I am passionate about teaching, integrating research and professional practice into teaching, learning and assessment practices both as a practitioner and a tutor/facilitator/educational developer. I taught undergraduate literature students (women’s writing, the Gothic), contributed to MA literature, creative writing and to humanities research methods at Brighton and Anglia Ruskin, the OU and Cambridge. I have been involved with several HE research projects including SARiHE, ‘Negotiating the transition from rurality to higher education in Southern Africa’ (ESRC/ NRF), the HEFCE Changing Mindsets project addressing negative mindsets related to BAME students, a British Academy research project and a British council development project in Northern Iraq to enhance academic development and women’s HE development and the Doctoral Learning journey project (HEA funded). I started higher education research on the ‘enquiry into the role of the external examiner’. I am a practising researcher in doctoral supervision, supervising many doctoral student to completion(38)and examining more (50) and writing to support the work of others (The Good supervisor 2002,2012-Palgrave: forthcoming Getting started in Supervision, Routledge; The Postgraduate Research Handbook, 2009, The Undergraduate Research Handbook, 2018, Getting Published 2015).
I have given keynotes and run supervisor development and writing for academic publication workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Rwanda, Ghana, Mozambique, Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and throughout South Africa. I am a Principal fellow of the HEA, SFSEDA, and a National Teaching fellow serving on Council and publications committee for the SRHE, editing Innovations in Education and Teaching International for SEDA. I am an adviser for Epigeum online courses and a member (and MOOC co-chair) of the University of London Worldwide quality assurance/Learning and Teaching committee (6 yrs) and enjoy supporting quality and development through quality assurance visits throughout the UK, and in Hong Kong, Cyprus, Gibraltar. I have been an external examiner for higher education and literature courses in Oman, and in the UK at University of Bristol, UWE, Northampton, CRC, West Suffolk college, Liverpool John Moores, Kent, Durham, Falmouth. I am a core committee member of the International doctoral education research network (idern) and have varying visiting positions at Aarhus university Denmark, Uni Southern Queensland, Uni Otago NZ, Stellenbosch University, University of Johannesburg and University of the Free State – in S Africa, and am a visiting follow of Anglia Ruskin university in Cambridge.
I was chair of the Contemporary Women’s writing association and a founder member, a founding and committee member of the Katherine Mansfield society, a founding fellow of the English Association, and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I co edit online dark fantasy journal Dissections and poetry magazine Spokes, am on the advisory board for Palgrave Gothic, and Anthem Gothic, one of three board leads for the Palgrave Contemporary women’s writing series, OUP, and I convene the Words and Worlds prose and poetry reading for the International Society for the Fantastic in the Arts.
- Principal Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
- National Teaching Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
- Fellowship, SEDA
- Advanced Diploma in Teaching and Course Development in HE, University of London
- PhD, University of Nottingham
- MA English, University of Nottingham
- Postgrad Cert Ed, University of London
- BA English, University of Nottingham