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Last updated 23rd March 2023


Director of Student Support and Retention with responsibility for the student experience through effective management of the School's Academic Integrity and Fitness to Practice Processes and to work with the Progress Tutors to improve retention and progression of students. I joined the University in 2004 and my first task was to design and implement the Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years. This role and course were absolutely key to the current suite of successful early years programmes we offer, not only at Huddersfield but with partners in Oldham, Barnsley and Wakefield. To build this suite of programmes has required me to work closely with a number of external agencies including CWDC, Local Authorities, FE Colleges, Schools, early years settings and an expanding team of tutors.I have been instrumental in growing the course from the first cohort of 25 students to more than 500 students and providing opportunities for many non-traditional students to access Higher Education.  I still teach many modules on these courses . Prior to joining the University I taught in  primary schools, pre-school and FE. 

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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Professionalisation early childhood
  • Leadership early childhood


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