Widening participation and raising attainment in higher education
I believe in the transformative potential of education and have committed myself to tackling educational inequalities, particularly in relation to reducing attainment gaps and enhancing student engagement in higher education. My role as an educator, Curriculum Developer, and academic skills tutor have enabled me to pursue these interests by providing me with the opportunity to work with a wide range of students, many of whom are from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds. I promote inclusive teaching practices and provide 1:1 study skills support that is tailored to students' individual needs, helping them overcome barriers to learning and achieve their academic goals.
I have also been involved in widening participation activities through my work with Higher Horizons+ as an English Outreach Tutor. I have delivered various university 'taster' sessions to local secondary school students. It was through a similar outreach scheme that I was inspired to pursue higher education, so it gives me great pleasure to support other students in exploring their options and reaching their full potential.
Photograph: Selection of Year 9 students’ blackout poems (2020)
I am a Curriculum Developer at Keele University, where I provide curriculum consultancy and work on a number of student success initiatives such as Keele's 1:1 academic coaching service. I enjoy helping others to design their own innovative teaching practices and inclusive learning communities that encourage all students to engage with their curriculum and academic practice.
My work in curriculum consultancy is informed by my background in higher education. In addition to my work in learning development, I have taught and convened modules across multiple schools at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have also organised a national conference on inclusive education and worked as a Research Associate on multiple national pedagogical projects, resulting in open access resources that support colleagues in their online and hybrid teaching practices during and after the pandemic.
My teaching has been recognised by multiple awards and I have been invited to speak internationally about creative and inclusive approaches to pedagogy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.