Professor Chris Atkin - Professor of Higher Education
Professor Chris Atkin’s education qualifications include Certificate in Education (Further Education), Bachelor of Education (Hons.), Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Chris’ main research expertise lies in the policy and practice of post-school education and training; with a particular focus on rural communities. He has completed a range of research projects funded by the UK funding councils (ESRC, EPSRC, NERC), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the British Academy, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC), Local Authorities and the Learning and Skills Council. His research has included both national and international comparative studies including ‘practitioner based’ enquiry with a range of educational stakeholders. He currently teaches on masters and doctoral programmes. Chris has held academic posts at De Montfort University (1994-99), the University of Nottingham (1999-2010) and Liverpool Hope University (2010-12). Chris joined Bishop Grosseteste University in September 2012.
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Dr Yvonne Hill - MA in Education Course Leader
Dr Yvonne Hill is a feminist ethnographer with a background in Sociology and a commitment to postgraduate teacher-development, interdisciplinary teaching and practitioner research. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Her previous post (2005-2012) was Director of Learning and Teaching in the school of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University where she was also course leader for the PGCE in Social Science (Sociology, Psychology and Politics). Yvonne received a Certificate of Education and later an MA in the Sociology of Education from the Institute of Education, London. She has worked in primary and secondary education for a number of years before moving on to Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at universities in Manchester, Keele and Lincoln. She gained a doctorate in Gender and Education Management from the University of Keele (2008) which concerns mentoring and teachers’ ‘professional’ identities; it is based on sustained ethnography in schools.
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Lynne Kay - Senior Lecturer (PGCE), Beyond ITE Lead
Lynne Kay joined BGU in August 2015 from the University of East Anglia, where she worked as a Lecturer in Education on the Secondary and Primary PGCE programmes, with responsibility for leading the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) specialisms. During this time she gained HEA Fellowship status and is in the process of completing her MA in Higher Education Practice. Lynne’s interests lie in all aspects of Language Teaching and Learning, and she is a member of the professional Association for Language Learning (ALL). Her expertise and experience include theories of language acquisition and learning, Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and implications for classroom pedagogy.
Prior to working in Higher Education, Lynne studied and worked abroad and after completing her PGCE in MFL with TESOL, she has taught Languages at all levels in a variety of secondary schools in the North East of England. As well as being Curriculum Leader, she has had substantial experience of whole school leadership and management, having held roles as Staff Governor and Assistant Headteacher, during which time she completed an M.Ed course in Educational Leadership & Management and was also awarded the NPQH. In her capacity as Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development at BGU, Lynne lectures on the Secondary PGCE programme, coordinates the Secondary PGCE School Direct cohort, as well as contributing to Languages programmes, at both under-graduate and postgraduate level. She is also the lead for Beyond-ITE provision, developing relations between the university, BGU alumni and school employers, offering a continuum of support and CPD opportunities.
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Dr Steven Puttick - Head of Secondary, FE and PDE Programmes
Prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2014, Steve was the head of a comprehensive secondary school geography department, before being awarded an ESRC 1+3 studentship to read for an MSc in Educational Research Methodology and then a DPhil (PhD) in Education at the University of Oxford. He holds an MA in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Warwick University, and has taught on Masters and secondary PGCE courses at the University of Oxford. The main focus of Steve’s research is on geography education, knowledge, and school subject departments. He recently completed a study funded by the Van Houten Foundation at the University of Oxford, titled ‘Beyond PGCE’, exploring relations between PGCE alumni and the university.
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Dr Roger Wood - Senior Lecturer (Primary)
Roger joined BGU in September 2015, having completed full-time studies for a Ph.D. in education at the University of Birmingham. Prior to his doctoral research at Birmingham, Roger held various teaching, Head of Department, and senior leadership roles (including a Deputy Headship and two Headships) within independent and maintained schools.
Roger’s Ph.D. has investigated the impact of teacher student relationship quality, students’ perceived competence and their autonomous motivation upon sustained motivation to engage with learning activities. His other research interests include qualitative research methods within classroom-based research, and athlete-centred coaching, athletes’ empowered decision-making, and the optimization of athletes’ self-determined motivation within sports.
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