Dr Ruth Whittle's approach to learning and teaching is largely shaped by her international experience as a student of English and American language and literature, French language and literature and pedagogy at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Kim Whittlestone trained as a veterinary surgeon and spent two years working in a small animal practice before focusing his attention on education. Realising on graduation how unprepared he was for working in practice, he began a lifelong exploration of how to better prepare students for the workplace.
Dr Viv Wilson started her career as a teacher of English and Drama, and advisory teacher in Creative Arts, and became a teacher educator in 1984. She joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 1997 to develop partnerships between the University and primary schools, particularly focused on the work of school-based mentors.
Dr Peter Willmot is a practical mechanical engineer, an energetic, innovative, dedicated teacher and distinguished pedagogic researcher. He has extensive international experience, an eye for detail and significant experience of course design and leadership.
After a successful career as a physiotherapist, Dr Jackie Waterfield moved into higher education. Her principal interest is in the pedagogies related to professional development and the praxis of real-world learning and the classroom.
Dr Debbie Holley combines her passion for both education and technology in her work as Associate Professor/Deputy Head of Centre for Excellence in Learning at Bournemouth University. Entering academia from industry, she quickly realised that students on her Transport course, with their patterns of shift working, had very limited opportunities to attend regular classes. These difficulties, not unique and indeed shared with other students, led to her research interests in overcoming challenges/barriers faced by students seeking to access learning outside the formal classroom.
Dr Claire Surr is Professor of Dementia Studies at Leeds Beckett University. She developed her academic career at the University of Bradford, joining the University in 1998 as a research assistant and progressing to her current role as Reader and Head of Education Programmes within her department. During that time she has taken on a variety of roles including programme leader for the department’s Foundation degree, BSc and postgraduate programmes.
Throughout her career, Professor Carol Evans has championed the development of inclusive participatory pedagogies within school, higher education and medical contexts. Carol is described as “an outstanding and hugely committed researcher and practitioner, extremely highly regarded by students and colleagues alike...[she is] successfully influencing the development of the next generation of teachers through the application of research”. (Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-Led Education (ASPIRE) Exeter, 2012)
Dr Sara Houston is a tireless champion of professional development and work-related learning. She is also a leading figure in the community dance movement and has had oversight of national initiatives to safeguard quality and standards, and professional development in teaching and leading in the participatory and community dance sector.
Dr Alison James has worked in creative arts education in a variety of roles, across all levels and many subjects – as educational and staff developer, researcher and policy maker and teacher. Her trademark is creative and interactive approaches to pedagogy with a high level of staff and student involvement and plenty of humour to go with it.