I am a committed Higher Education leader and manager in comprehensive internationalisation and lifelong learning.
I thrive on identifying and realising opportunities for global education, online learning and the development of pathways to University study for both home and internationals students. I’m passionate about quality, access and diversity in Higher Education.
April 2015 - Present
DEAN FOR GLOBAL & LIFELONG LEARNING (& PREVIOUSLY DEAN FOR INTERNATIONALISATION) UNIVERSITY OF KENT
As a portfolio Dean, I work across the multiple disciplines of the University of Kent and the varied avenues of my external networks. I oversee development, implementation and review of international and lifelong-learning activity.
January 2010 - March 2015
DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR ENGLISH & WORLD LANGUAGES,
UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Through this position, I led a university department which specialised in the delivery of programmes and modules, associated with language learning, English for Academic Purposes and pathways to higher education for international students.
September 2002 - December 2009
(& PREVIOUS ROLES)
INTERNATIONAL STUDY & LANGUAGE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF READING
During this role, I was Assistant Director and focused particularly on the management and delivery of International Foundation Programme as well as contributing to the management of other programmes and student recruitment mechanisms.
June 2017 - Present &
July 2021- Present
PRINCIPAL FELLOW HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY & NATIONAL TEACHING FELLOW
I was awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017 for sustained and effective impact at a strategic level and for a wider commitment to academic practice and strategic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student experience.
In 2021 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in Higher Education.
January 2007 - June 2013
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
(UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER)
The focus of my doctoral research was on the assessment literacy of teachers of English for Academic Purposes and the importance of valid and reliable language assessment. I completed the degree part-time whilst working full-time. My thesis can be accessed online at the following link.
January 2015 - June 2016
POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
(UNIVERSITY OF KENT)
This is a Masters' level qualification which allowed me to me to continue to develop my skills, practice and philospohy for high-quality learning and teaching in Higher Education and student experience.
April 1998 - June 2002
MASTERS IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS & TESOL
(UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER)
This MA gave me a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Applied Linguistics and included an embedded Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL). I completed the degree part-time whilst working full-time.
September 1994 - June 1995
POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION
(UNIVERSITY OF YORK)
This qualification allowed me to advance my skills in language teaching pedagogy and afforded me Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as a teacher of French and German for secondary schools in the UK.
September 1990 - June 1994
BACHELORS DEGREE (WITH HONOURS) IN FRENCH & GERMAN
This was a joint honours programme focusing on the language, culture and literature of France and Germany. During my degree I undertook a year of teaching in a German School for an academic year. I also studied for a month at L'Institut de Touraine in Tours.
"Educators who support and engage with curriculum internationalisation recognise that a classroom that makes a virtue of varied cultural perspectives is both a key learning resource and responsibility, in terms of meeting the needs of local and global societies."
During my career, I have developed a broad range of expertise in educational leadership and development. This focuses on internationalisation and lifelong learning. I have summarised some of my main skills below:
HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
GLOBAL EDUCATION ACTIVISM & AUTHORSHIP
ONLINE LEARNING ENGAGEMENT
PARTNERSHIP BUILDING & NETWORKING
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AUTHOR
COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONALISATION IN HE
MY INTERVIEWS WITH INSPIRING STUDENTS
"I am passionate about internationalisation and lifelong learning as both these approaches to Higher Education focus on inclusive and emancipatory values and diverse pathways to participation. Ultimately, this benefits both local and global societies."