Senior Lecturer Teacher Education / Secondary Lead



After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from the Open University, I progressed into teaching via a PGCE in Lifelong Learning, with my first experience of teaching being in a college of further education in Dorset. I went on to achieve an MA in English literature, again from the Open University, and progressed to a teaching role in which I had responsibility for raising attainment and managing progress in English and MFL for students in a comprehensive school in Kent. Whilst teaching at this school, I studied for and achieved a MA in Teaching & Learning (with distinction) from Canterbury Christchurch University, which prompted a professional move into teacher training.

My family and I moved back to Lancashire, and I had four years at Bolton College as Curriculum Leader for Education & Teacher Training, Science & Humanities.  I joined the education team at the University of Bolton in September 2017, with responsibility for developing the Secondary PGCE with QTS that we hope to offer in the future.

Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms

My research interests include the use of digital literacy as a learning tool, enhancing the 21st  century learners’ experience of learning by taking learning ‘beyond the classroom’ in a virtual way.  Additional subject specialist interests include the relevance of Shakespeare to 21st century learners, and the use of poetry to enhance learners’ appreciation of literary studies. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the Initial Teacher Training (Generic) pathway. 

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