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  • University Academic Lead for TESOF
  • Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Music, Humanities and Media since October 2014
  • Senior Lecturer in Journalism since 2006
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016 - current)

Previous experience in education:

  • TEF Panellist for Subject Pilot 2018
  • QAA Review Coordinator 2012 - 2018
  • QAA Reviewer 2006-2012
  • Former Subject Area Leader for Combined Honours 2014 to 2017
  • Formerly at Barnsley College (1993-2006) where roles included:
  • Course leader BA Journalism (validated Leeds University)
  • HE quality management leader
  • Course leader HND Journalism
  • National test setter and moderator for the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA exam board, Coventry
  • National HND module writer/developer for Edexcel

I have held external examiner posts for programmes with the University of Plymouth (at Truro College), Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester College) and Leeds Metropolitan University (Hull College).

For two years I worked as a part time quality reviewer for the Open College Network.


Prior to entering a career in education, I trained and worked as a journalist.

I hold the National Council for Training Journalists (NCTJ) National Certificate, and between 1987 and 1994 worked for:

  • Wakefield Express
  • Telegraph and Argus, Bradford
  • Halifax Courier
  • Yorkshire Post

Research Expertise and Interests

Currently investigating how jouranlists learn ethics in the post-Leveson environment, working with three regional newspaper groups to look at the impact of the community of practice on learning with early career journalists. Some of this work is funded by a bursary awarded by the Association of Jouranlism Education.

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 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Panel member TEF Subject-Level Pilot, Higher Education Funding Council for England

1 Jan 20181 Dec 2018

Review Coordinator, Quality Assurance Agency

1 Nov 20121 Oct 2018

Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency

1 Nov 20061 Oct 2018

Research Expertise and Interests

  • journalism
  • education
  • work-based learning
  • experiential learning
  • jouranlism ethics
  • Leveson
  • newspaper
  • newspaper design
  • Blogging as an opportunity for experiential learning
  • Newspaper and magazine design
  • Changing formats of newspapers
  • Pedagogical research into improving interview skills


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