National Teaching Fellow 2013
Dr Helen Boulton began her teaching career in further education, moving into secondary education as Head of ICT and Business Studies in 1990. In 2000 she joined Nottingham Trent University, was promoted to Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator in the School of Education in 2006, and to Reader in 2009. She is course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and has been strand leader for the PGCE Information Communications Technology. A recent endorsement from a student said:
"Helen is an inspirational trainer of new teachers. She is passionate about the work she does and about providing the profession with new, high-quality teachers. She is very organised and very supportive of her students. I'm very grateful for all her help when I trained to teach. It wasn't until I spoke to other teachers about their experiences of teacher training that I really realised just how fortunate I was to have Helen as a mentor."
Helen’s continual ambition is to enhance and transform the student learning experience. Her personal philosophy of education is for students to have the very best experience to enable them to aspire to their individual career ambitions. Her teaching is centred on inspirational facilitation of lifelong learning and her wider academic roles are centred on enhancing and transforming the student experience.
Helen's research interests include the application of new technologies to learning and teaching; the use of Web 2 technologies to support the development of reflective practice and building communities of practice; assessment and feedback currently focusing on the transition into undergraduate and postgraduate study and student engagement.
Helen is an elected member of the Association of Information Technology in Teacher Education national committee and is also a member of the national Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board. She is an experienced external examiner to university Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Master level courses and is a judge for the National Teaching Awards.
Helen has co-authored several books focusing on learning and teaching, has presented papers at many international conferences and has published journal articles disseminating her research.
Nottingham Trent University