Kathryn joined the HEA in 2012 and is Academic Lead for the Accreditation, Recognition and Reward team. Kathryn’s work centres on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education. She leads the HEA's institutional accreditation service and works directly with institutions in both the UK and internationally to support the design and development of staff development schemes for those who teach and support learning.
Prior to joining the HEA, Kathryn worked in college-based higher education for over 10 years. During this time Kathryn progressed from Lecturer to Head of Department and then to Director and member of the Senior Management team. She managed a range of academic programmes both within her subject area of Equine Science and Teacher Education and Training; led various teaching and learning initiatives and quality improvement programmes across the institution; and had strategic overview of several departments compromising of a mix of further education and higher education courses.
Kathryn is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, holds an MA in Educational Improvement, Development and Change from York St. John College, PGDip in Equine Science from Writtle College, PGCE from Sheffield Hallam University and a BSc (Hons) in Equine Sports Science from De Montfort University.
Kathryn is actively involved with research and the academic community and is undertaking a Doctorate of Education specialising in higher education at the University of Sheffield.