National Teaching Fellow 2008
Dr Carrie Winstanley works in the discipline of education; teaching, researching and consulting on different aspects of learning. She is Principal Lecturer and Education Subject Leader in the School of Education at Roehampton University, where her work focuses on psychology and learning, philosophy of education, and ‘free-choice learning’, particularly in museums, galleries and interactive science centres.
Her work is well-known within the field of gifted and talented education, particularly where this concerns the needs of able children who also have learning problems, disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
With the student intake of her programmes reflecting widening participation, Carrie became interested in improving student support. She has facilitated various projects resulting in increased retention and has gained a reputation for piloting useful ideas, some of which have subsequently rolled out across the university. In recognition, Carrie was awarded a university Fellowship and asked to contribute in supporting new and developing staff. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Jane Broadbent commends Carrie’s insight and enthusiasm and states that:
“She has inspired and aroused curiosity in students for their work in Education Studies and also in staff here and elsewhere.”
Carrie’s passion for meeting learners’ needs has led her to work in a range of
educational settings over the last twenty years and she continues to work with children whenever possible:
“The sessions help me to keep my practice fresh; being in touch with schools and children affords me the opportunity to see how theory relates to what is really happening in the classroom context.”
Carrie has built a strong reputation for being willing to tackle controversial ideas, and this has led to invitations for national and international projects and events, including consultation for the government.
Principal Lecturer / Education Subject Leader
University of Roehampton