Dr Claire Thomson
Head of Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching
Academic Engagement

Head of Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Claire Thomson offers strategic leadership and management in the area of learning and teaching and student engagement.  She has established the Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT), a purposely-equipped state of the art centre, designed around new and innovative ways of working to implement the strategic aims of the Centre.  Claire leads a dynamic team with responsibility for teaching excellence, teacher excellence and learning excellence – implementing research-informed enhancement across Bishop Grosseteste University whilst embedding the ‘Students Creating Change’ project, working with academics and professional support staff to ensure student engagement projects are established and evaluated at all levels of the institution.  Claire’s research interest is in the area of learning and teaching in higher education and the development of new methodologies for the delivery of effective and engaging learning, teaching and assessment. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Claire joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2000; prior to this, she lectured at the Universities of Keele and Sheffield.

Research

Claire’s research background is in medieval studies – including literature, linguistics, medieval art and architecture. Current research interests include Chaucer, medieval textual studies, codicology and palaeography, and the application of humanities computing to medieval texts. Recent publications include The Blake Editions – a series of online editions that present full diplomatic transcriptions of seven manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The work was a collaborative project with the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield, York and Leicester.

Claire’s other area of research is in the field of learning and teaching and the undergraduate student experience. Research interests here focus on the development of student-centred, blended learning approaches that utilise e-technologies and new methodologies for the delivery of effective and engaging learning, teaching and assessment. Interested in evaluating impact and effectiveness of activities, Claire is currently working on the development and implementation of an Evaluation and Impact Framework based on the ‘What Works?’ approach.   Recent publications in the area of learning and teaching focus on Bishop Grosseteste University’s ‘Students Creating Change’ project.