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"Expertise as a Model for Professional Learning in Higher Education" Webinar
Tuesday 30 January 2018, 12:30pm - 01:30pm


Led by Dr Helen King | Associate Director of Academic Practice | University of the West of England

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This webinar will explore one model of how experts learn and develop, and will consider how this might apply to staff in higher education. The context of a teacher in higher education will be used to illustrate the model and participants will be encouraged to think about how it might apply to other roles (e.g. researchers, administrators, professional services, students).

Helen King has been working in academic development since 1996 when she managed the UK-wide 'Earth Sciences Staff Development' project for 4 years. At the end of its funding, this project segued into the HEA Subject Centre for Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences for which Helen became Assistant Director. In 2007, she had the opportunity to move to the USA where she working as an independent consultant for various projects in the UK and internationally. On her return in 2010, she took on the role of Senior Adviser (Evidence-informed Practice) at the HEA for a short while before settling at the University of Bath as Head of Academic Staff Development. This role expanded her experience from learning & teaching development to include researcher development. In 2016 Helen took a career development move to HEFCE where she was a Senior HE Policy Adviser in the Learning & Teaching team. In early 2018 she took up an exciting new role as Associate Director of Academic Practice at UWE Bristol. Unsurprisingly, Helen has a particular interest in personal & professional development of staff in higher education and her research focus has moved towards reframing models of 'expertise' to provide an alternative perspective on 'excellence' in academic practice. She holds a National Teaching Fellowship (2006), Senior Fellowship of SEDA (2006) and is a Principal Fellow of the HEA (2017).