Alumni and student members

Amal Abou-Setta

Amal Abou-Setta

Amal Abou-Setta is an alumna of the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.

Area of work: Equitable access to higher education; employability in higher education; foreign language educational medium.

Tony Burke

Tony Burke

Tony Burke is a Prinicipal Lecturer in the Centre for Teaching Innovation and School of Applied Management at the University of Westminster.

Areas of work: Tony has a dual role at the University of Westminster.  He has institution-wide responsibilities in the University's Centre for Teaching Innovation, and he is Principal Lecturer in Construction in the School of Applied Management.

John Carty

John Carty

John Carty is a Lecturer at the College of Tourism and Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland. 

Area of work: Hospitality, tourism and event management; work based learning.

Fiona Christie

Fiona Christie

Fiona Christie is a Senior Research Associate in the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Areas of work: Career studies, career development, education, employability, higher education, inequalities, social justice, social learning theories, social mobility, and work.

Helen Duell

Helen Duell

Helen Duell is a Academic Quality Officer (Enhancement and Review) in the Academic Quality & Development Unit at Edge Hill University, UK.

Areas of work:  Academic Quality. Specifically I am responsible for leading the management and enhancement of the institutional Periodic Review processes and documentation at Edge Hill University which includes the briefing of academic colleagues in departments undergoing review. I also lead the development and enhancement of processes for reviewing academic programmes, evaluating current systems and processes for academic quality management and governance and using my expert knowledge to propose improvements to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) & University Secretary and Learning and Teaching Committee. I also lead internal quality audits and related research projects commissioned by the Directorate, selecting from and utilising a range of appropriate methodologies to manage complex data and produce specialist reports and position papers to a high standard to inform executive and deliberative decision-making. This involves synthesising and analysing a range of complex quantitative and qualitative data including programme performance statistics and external examiner reports to produce authoritative and succinct reports to guide the consideration and deliberations of senior academic managers on a variety of institutional level projects.

Peter Alston

Ifeatu Sandra Efu

Ifeatu Sandra Efu is a Lecturer in the Business Department at Keyano College, Alberta, Canada.

Areas of work: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; continuing professional development in Higher Education; service learning.

Irene Foster

Irene Foster

Irene Foster is an alumna of the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.

You can read more about Irene's PhD experience on the What our PhD graduates say page.

Area of work: Conceptualisations of dyslexia; theory and practice of specific learning difficulties; lived experiences of students with dyslexia in higher education.

Irene Hayden

Irene Hayden

Irene Hayden is a Lecturer in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Areas of work: Architectural Technology; Learning and Teaching.

Dawne Irving-Bell

Dawne Irving-Bell

Dawne Irving-Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning Development (Projects Lead) in The Centre for Learning and Teaching at Edge Hill University.

Area of work: The formation of learner identity, pedagogy and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching within STEM subjects.

Melissa James

Melissa James

Melissa James is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

You can read more about Melissa's PhD experience on the What our PhD graduates say page.

Area of work:  Melissa's work focuses on the internationalization of higher education and the adoption of marketing practices in higher education settings.  Her work in this area began as a means to bridge her interests in higher education, public policy, and marketing. 

Sal Jarvis

Sal Jarvis

Sal Jarvis is Pro Vice Chancellor Education and Student Experience at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. 

You can read more about Sal's PhD experience on the What our PhD graduates say page.

Areas of work: Higher Education leadership and governance, authority practices, student experience.

Colm Kelleher

Colm Kelleher

Colm Kelleher is a Lecturer in Human Resources and Management Studies in the School of Business at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland.

Area of work: Quality Assurance and Enhancement; Group Self-Evaluative Practice

Anthea Metcalfe

Anthea Metcalfe

Anthea Metcalfe is a Project Manager in the Centre fo Higher Education Development (CHED) at the University of Cape Town.

Areas of work: Teaching and learning in higher education; policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation within state funded educational development interventions; postgraduate development; employment equity.

Timothy Nicoll

Timothy Nicoll

Timothy Nicoll is an English Language instructor in the Academic Bridge Program at the Abu Dhabi Campus of Zayed University, in the United Arab Emirates.

Areas of work: Teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Primary research interests relate to the integration and use of learning technologies in the field of English Language Teaching, as well as how to improve the teaching and learning of core areas such as reading, writing and vocabulary.

Pat Owen

Pat Owen

Pat Owen is the Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Keele University.

Area of work: PhD focused on factors affecting the curricula in public health nursing. Since then Pat has undertaken educational research around developing resilience in student nurses. Also work undertaken with regional colleagues and supported by HEEWM to consider maximising leadership learning in the pre-registration health curricula. Another area of interest is transition - especially transition to qualified practitioner from student.

Nickanor Amwata Owuor

Nickanor Amwata Owuor

Nickanor Amwata Owuor is a Lecturer in the Business and Management Sciences Department at the University of Kurdistan - Hewlêr, Iraq.

Area of work: Student voice and engagement; nonviolent student activism in higher education.

David Peet

David Peet

David Peet is a Senior University Administrator within the Human Resources Division at the University of Cambridge.

Area of work: My PhD work is focused on the factors which inhibit and enable the embedding of change in university academic departments.  My day job is focused on career development for Professional Services Staff with a particular emphasis on technicians.

Patricia Perlen

Patricia Perlen

Patricia Perlen is an Associate Lecturer in Law within the Deakin Law School, Deakin University, Australia and is also a PhD student within Educational Research at Lancaster University.

Area of work: The law of Higher Education; Quality Assurance; Higher Education Frameworks and the concept of academic judgement.

Claire Raistrick

Claire Raistrick

Claire Raistrick is a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, working within the Health Education Hub at Warwick Medical School.

Area of work: Self-evaluative practices; participatory processes, including co-construction, action-research and dialogical sense-making; evaluation; innovation; work-based learning; technology enhanced learning.

Simon Snowden

Simon Snowden

Simon Snowden is a Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies BA Business Management and Director of Education in the Management School at University of Liverpool.

You can read more about Simon's PhD experience on the What our PhD graduates say page.

Area of work: The Change Laboratory in Education, Curriculum Development, the work/education interface.

Claire Sparrow

Claire Sparrow

Claire Sparrow is the Course Director of Undergraduate Law Programmes within the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth.

Area of work: Problem-based learning; the interaction between academic research and teaching activity.

Sandra Wearden

Sandra Wearden

Sandra Wearden is the Director of Degree Ceremonies Limited and an alumna of the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.  You can read more about Sandra's PhD experience on the What our PhD graduates say page.

Area of work: History of ceremonial rituals in universities and their application in contemporary higher education settings.

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

Dr Julie Williams is the Associate Dean and Director of The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine at Edge Hill University.

Area of work: Academic Management

Ian Willis

Ian Willis

Ian Willis is a Thesis Supervisor for an EdD in Internationalisation in the Centre for Higher Education Studies, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool.

Areas of work: Ian was closely involved in the design of Liverpool's EdD; he is now working part-time supervising theses in the field of internationalisation of HE. He is also committed to a project in Pakistan to "enhance learning & teaching in medical education"; originally a British Council project now self-sustaining.  Plus, design and delivery of another project in sub-Saharan Africa to support mid-level administrators to be more active in their support of Learning and Teaching.

Gabi Witthaus

Gabi Witthaus

Gabi Witthaus is a Digital Learning Designer in the College of Arts & Law Digital Education Team at the University of Birmingham.

Area of work:  Learning design; open education; online and distance education; refugees in higher education; widening participation in higher education.