• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom


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Trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse I cared for children and their families in Paediatric Intensive care and Burns and Reconstructive Surgery. I developed my career into education based on my interest in learning and teaching and I'm currently a lecturer in higher education practice in Ulster University.
I am interested in pedagogy and the influence it has over practice in higher education. I am also fascinated by academic self-efficacy and the influence it has on decision making and professional practice. I like to think I'm methodologically flexible and am driven by validity.


Research Interests

My research interests centre upon pedagogy and the effect it has on student learning and how this affects professional practice. I also am interested in academic self-efficacy, the factors that enhance or inhibit it's development and the impact this has on professional practice in terms of self regulation.

Teaching Interests

As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, (SFHEA), my teaching interests focus upon pedagogy and learning and teaching methods. I teach curriculum design, learning outcome construction, assessment design, understanding and enhancing student engagement and evaluation techniques.

I am the Course Director for the postgraduate certificate in education for healthcare professionals and I teach assessment redesign on the MEd.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Award Date: 2 Nov 2015


Award Date: 1 Nov 2002

Bachelor, University of Manchester

Award Date: 10 Jun 1999

External positions

External Examiner, University of Manchester

1 Oct 201731 Dec 2021

Learning and Teaching Consultant

2015 → …

External Examiner, University of Northampton

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2016


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Student engagement
  • Constructive alignment


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