Personal profile


Frances Marsden is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development where she is Course Leader BA(Hons)Childhood Studies course and  Educational Management and Administration course. She teaches a wide range of subjects on the Childhood Studies course from Advanced Professional Practice and Employability to Leadership and Management and Listening to Children's Voice and Major Study. She also teaches with a blended learning approach  in Educational Administration, Early Years and Leading and Managing the Children’s Workforce, MA in Professional Development, Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)  course. She has worked regularly  in Beijing and Shenzhen China on the BEd(Hons) Education in Development.

Having completed an MA in Professional Development Frances is currently concentrating on the dissemination of her research through a variety of media. She was West Yorkshire Life Long Learning Tutor of the Year in 2009. Her prior teaching experiences included Head of Vocational Business Education at Huddersfield New College, having taught Business Studies at a variety of 6th form and FE colleges in the Yorkshire region over many years.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • MA  Professional Development.
  • Processes Influencing the Extending of Learning module researched “Challenging the teaching styles of student teachers in China”. Investigating the theory of teachers teaching to their own preferred learning style.
  • MA dissertation -Evaluation of the impact on the participants and their workplace through professional development on the Foundation Degree in Educational Administration. (2008)
  • The development of electronic submission tools for work based projects on foundation degrees.
  • Delivered a workshop on electronic submission of assignments – a critical evaluation. Teaching and Learning Conference University of Huddersfield (2006)
  • The professionalisation of support staff in education, the use of technology to support teaching and learning.
  • The role of the personal tutor in work based learning.
  • Leadership and management in education.
  • The role of the school business manager in the 21st century.
  • Researching listening to children's voice

Researching the role of the personal tutor in Higher Education, incorporating:

  • Professionalism, Emotional Labour and Empathy
  • Employability and the Educational Workforce
  • Listening to the voice of children, mechanisms for hearing their voices


  • Personal Academic Tutoring
  • Listning to the voice of children
  • Advising and Tutoring

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Research Output 2013 2015

Course management and administration

Marsden, F. & Youde, A. 2015 Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Theory and Practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 2nd ed. Open University Press, p. 240-247 7 p.

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Inter-Agency working, observation and assessment

Marsden, F., McMahon, S. & Youde, A. 1 Jan 2013 Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years. Taylor and Francis AS, p. 165-179 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter