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Biography

Subject Leader (SL) (Undergraduate Education) with responsibility for leading developments relation to the student experience on the Undergraduate Framework, including implementing strategies to improve student satisfaction, achievement and retention within the Division of Academic & Professional Studies. 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. Testimony from the Local Authorities and many settings shows that these students are also practitioners who make a significant and positive difference to lives of children. I still teach many modules on these courses and retain lead responsibility for the course to ensure quality and equality across the provision.

Prior to joining the University I taught for ten years in a range of settings including Primary School, Pre-School and FE College.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Children’s physical development
  • Leadership in early childhood education and care

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Research Output 2013 2018

Development of the early years sector

Dyer, M. & McMahon, S., 26 Sep 2017, Work-based Practice in the Early Years: A guide for students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Leadership in ECEC

McMahon, S., 26 Sep 2017, Work-based Practice in the Early Years: A Guide for Students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Observation and assessment

McMahon, S., 26 Sep 2017, Work-based Practice in the Early Years: A Guide for Students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Working in partnership with placement

Crow, A. & McMahon, S., 26 Sep 2017, Work-based Practice in the Early Years: A Guide for Students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2018

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 2 Oral presentation

Parents, Practitioners and the Professional Mandate

Samantha McMahon (Speaker)
31 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Listening to Practitioners: The Key to High Quality Inclusive Sustainable Practice in ECE

Samantha McMahon (Speaker), Nicola Firth (Speaker)
29 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

'You Have to Be a Leader But Don't Want to Come Across As Taking Over': Leading Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care

Samantha McMahon (Speaker)
13 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

A Narrative Approach to Professional Identity

Mary Dyer (Speaker), Samantha McMahon (Speaker)
14 Aug 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk