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I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Pg Dip in Psychological Research Methods in the Psychology Department at the University of Plymouth and was awarded a PhD bursary at the same university. I graduated with a PhD in learning and teaching in March 1999.
I worked as a Research Assistant at the Human Assessment Laboratory at the University of Plymouth, then progressed my career as an Educational Consultant for Plymouth University's Educational Development Services. Subsequently I became lecturer on an open access flexible learning psychology degree, in the Educational Studies Department at University of Surrey, then worked as a Senior Research Fellow examining predictors of achievement in nationally examined professional courses (funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
In 2004 I was awarded a University of Portsmouth Teaching and Learning Fellowship for my contribution to teaching and learning and in 2013 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). In 2014 I became a Principal Fellow of the HEA. I was promoted to Professor and interim Dean of Science at the University of Portsmouth in June 2016, where I am project supervisor teaching Level 5 Individual Differences, Psychometrics and Employability.
Research interests include the social cognitive approach to understanding learning behaviour (e.g. resilience, readiness for change, decision making) and achievement. I am specifically interested in what impacts learners’ self-theories (e.g. Implicit Theories of Intelligence and self-efficacy) and the effect of these on learning outcomes. I lead ‘Growing Learners’, a group of education research psychologists, who work directly with schools them to improve their pupils’ aspirations, expectations and attainment using evidence based practice.
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