I was born in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and lived for most of my childhood and adolescence in Ashington in Northumberland. Ashington was once the largest mining village in the world - a distinction which ended when the mines were closed. Thank you Margaret Thatcher. Ashington’s claims to fame are hosting the world leek growing championships and being the birthplace of Jackie Milburn and the brothers Bobby and Jackie Charlton. I believe they were famous footballers.
I was an undergraduate student at the University of Durham’s Psychology Department and a member of Hatfield College. During this time I developed an interest in written language comprehension, real ale, and kendo (Japanese fencing). After graduation I worked for three years as a part time research associate in the anaphora working group for the (now defunct) Human Communication Research Centre. This was a multidisciplinary research centre based out of Cognitive Science in Edinburgh University. Although employed by Edinburgh University, I worked in Durham for Dr Rosemary Stevenson. During this time I enrolled on a part time PhD. In 1992 I was employed by what is now the University of Lincoln.
Here in Lincoln I have helped design every BSc (Hons) Psychology degree including joints and was involved in the design and development of the BA (Hons) Communications degree. In addition I have held a number of roles involved with Student Engagement, Learning and Teaching, and Tutorial support for students including presenting work at three RAISE (Researching Advancing and Inspiring Student Education) conferences.
I have been the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Psychology, and, at the College level I was Director of Education for the College of Social Science.
I am also a trade union activist and on behalf of UCU I have helped develop and negotiate the University’s workload model and module evaluation policy.
I co-ordinate and teach the second year elective PSY2007M Evolutionary Psychology. I supervise 2nd year small group practical classes and third year dissertations. I am a guest lecturer on language and communication on the second year Comparative Social Behaviour and Cognition elective.
I am Senior Tutor (oversight of the school’s Tutorial Programme and the provision of academic and Pastoral Support for our undergraduate students).
I am developing the first year cognitive/bio-psychology provision on the first year of the new degree
I am the School’s lead with regard to preparation for the annual National Student Survey.
I represent the College of Social Science on the Academy board of the Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching.
At the University level I am part of the team currently reviewing tutorial provision in the institution.
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
— University of Durham, 1996
Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Open)
— Open University, 1994
BA (Hons) Psychology
— University of Durham, 1986
With Dr Emile van der Zee I was awarded a mini project grant (for £5,999)
Higher Education Academy
— Senior Fellow
Society for Text and Discourse
British Psychological Society (Cognitive Section)
— Graduate Member