I started university teaching as a part-time lecturer for the Open University summer schools on the A102 Arts Foundation course, teaching music and British political history, before changing subjects to education and studying for a PhD. As a former school music and drama teacher, with experience in challenging central London comprehensive schools, I then did some PGCE teaching in music and drama between 2000-2002 based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
Between 2004 and 2006 I was Director of Studies of the Sociology of Education programme at the University of Cambridge, which was part of the BA (Education). In conjunction with Cambridge University’s Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, I also initiated and ran a programme to improve teaching skills amongst early career researchers and lecturers, including running a small film unit documenting their work for later analysis, and an associated mentoring team, in conjunction with the Staff Development Office. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2005.
Between 2007 and 2012 I set up and ran the first ever BA programme in Education at the University of East Anglia.
I joined UCL IOE as Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in 2012, to teach on MA and doctoral programmes. This has included face to face teaching as well as working fully online as part of the University of London International Programmes (ULIP) team. I am also an external examiner for ULIP. During my time on the IOE’s MA (Education) I have led the Understanding Research module, as well as Curriculum, Policy and Practice, delivered entirely online to international students. Part of this module has included using podcasts both as lectures and as a form of self-directed assessment.