I joined the PCUTL team as a Lecturer in November 2011 after working as both a Manager and a Teacher Educator in a number of Tertiary Colleges in the South West. Prior to this I led a training and Development Team in a large public service organisation.
Supporting the development of educators has been an important driver in my practice and I have been privileged to work with students in a number of diverse settings including the military and the health sector including the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. I have also worked as an External Examiner and a member of the South West Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training team who are supporting new teacher educators in the Peninsula before joining the PCUTL team.
As well a passion for education I have a great interest in Oral History which I have taught at undergraduate level for several years.
Current Research interests
Influenced by concerns of social justice my current research interests centre around the building of identities and pedagogic practice. My EdD thesis is an exploration of how the construction of Cornish identity affects the pedagogic practices of lecturers who define as Cornish, within further and higher education in Cornwall.
‘Gatekeepers and Licensers’: exploring aspects of curricula change in 21st Century Cornwall.’ Paper delivered at the International Bernstein Symposium. Brisbane. July 2010
‘Assigning copyright: An exploration of the ways in which CAVA interviews have been used within Foundation Degree Programmes delivered at Truro College’. Paper delivered at the Cornish Audio Visual Archive annual conference. 25.06.09
‘Attitudes to Language and Culture in the teaching profession in the South West of Britain’. Presentation of report to Cornish Language Partnership Conference. Lostwithiel 29.1.09
‘Educators, Curriculum and Cornish Identity’. Seminar given to the Cornish Research Network 10.1.08. County Hall, Truro
’Cornwall: its place in the University of Plymouth’ Joint presentation with Andy Lancaster delivered at the 5th VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference. University of Plymouth. 28.6.07.
‘We are Celts! How does defining ourselves as Celts impact on our professional practice?’ Discussion paper delivered Celtic Education Research Network Conference. Institute of Cornish Studies/ University of Colorado (Boulder). Truro. 8-10.9.06
‘White-tigers – Cornish Identity and Cornish nationalism within Education in Cornwall’. Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference. University of Plymouth. 5-7/4/04
‘Attitudes to Language and Culture in the teaching profession in the South West of Britain’. Research funded by the Cornish Language Partnership and presented in June 2008.
‘An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Teaching Observation Models in ITT (PCET)’Research team member of DfES funded research .2006.
Current Memberships/External activities
Fellow of the IfL – The Institute for Learning
Associate member of the HEA – The Higher Education Academy
Member of the Cornish Research Network