Chair of Education (Professor of Pedagogy) and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA) at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where I work with colleagues across the university to develop and support strategic learning and teaching developments, funded educational research projects, engagement in educational scholarship and research, and the development, sharing and recognition of learning and teaching practice.
As a hub for the development of learning and teaching practice, educational leadership, and educational scholarship and research at the University of the Highlands and Islands, the LTA has a number of specific responsibilities.
The LTA’s work includes, for example:
- development and implementation of the university’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy and related policies;
- leading the university’s work for the QAA Scotland’s national Enhancement Themes;
- running the university’s professional recognition framework for awarding HEA Fellowships;
- coordinating the University Mentoring Scheme;
- funding and overseeing LTA Scholarship research projects;
- and running an annual programme of professional development events including workshops, conferences and symposia;
- offering specific leadership development opportunities (e.g. engagement in the Advance HE Aurora leadership programme for women);
- analysis and communication of NSS results;
- supporting cogent networks and special interest groups (including the university’s Women’s Network and a new Critical Education Network).
I also have strategic responsibility for the development of educational research including the university’s first education return to the Research Excellence Framework for the forthcoming REF2021. In my current and previous roles I have led or co-led a number of externally funded educational research and development projects, and contributed to various sector wide consultations.
Prior to joining UHI I was programme leader for an award winning MSc Blended and Online Education. I also developed Edinburgh Napier University’s Benchmark for the Use of Technology in Modules, which is based on the 3E Framework I originally produced for a cross-institutional curriculum redesign project. The 3E Framework, and the related Benchmark resources, has since been implemented (in original or adapted form) by a range of institutions and projects within and beyond the UK.
Wider activities include reviewing for a number of education journals, membership of various committees and reference groups, and External Examiner for a number of education-related programmes. I’m also one of the founding editors of the online, open-access Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (@JofPAAP).
I have also supported or volunteered with third sector organisations that have a focus on education and outreach. As of September 2019 I am Vice Chair of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). Previous trustee positions have included Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Lead (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland, and as one of the initial Trustees of the social innovation charity People Know How.
I use this blog to share thoughts on aspects of education, learning, technology and inclusion in a purely personal capacity, and to keep track of presentations and papers.