I joined the University of York’s Department of Education in August 2017 as Director of Initial Teacher Training. I work with the PGCE team to train over 100 teachers a year in both Core PGCE and School Direct routes, with our partnership of over 50 schools in the York and North Yorkshire area.
Outside my working life, you'll find me walking, hiking, canoeing and camping; occasionally keeping bees (and trying not to get stung); learning how to relax in Pilates (depending on the elasticity level needed for the exercise) and getting fitter as the world’s slowest jogger; spoiling my three nieces (who're about to reach teenager-hood); and listening to folk music (especially live). I try to get back to Durham (my alma mater), to Derbyshire (my family home) and to Canada (my beloved Albertan and BC Rockies) as often as I can.
Prior to coming to York I was the Deputy Director for the Institute of Childhood and Education overseeing all post-graduate and external partnership work. I came to Leeds Trinity University in September 2007, working across the next decade in the following roles:
My first degree was from the University of Durham where I stayed to do my own PGCE. As a practising teacher I undertook my MAEd, PGDip with the Open University before undertaking my PhD as a fully funded international graduate scholar at the University of Calgary. I have worked in the initial teacher education field for the last 17 years. Prior to this, I taught in schools in the north of England (Yorkshire and Derbyshire), in the South West of England (Bristol), and in Kenya (Nakuru - where all the flamingos are).
I have specific interests and expertise in:
My key research areas are: