Who we are

Here you will find details of each member of the Academic Skills and Development team (SPLASH), including the faculty they are aligned too, their area of research, publications and conferences.

Learning Development Advisers

Biography

I am a Learning Development Adviser (Outreach) with a dual specialism in academic learning development and educational outreach. In working across both areas, I teach a range of academic skills sessions to current and pre-entry level students in topics such as academic writing, critical thinking and dissertation projects. A key focus of my role is to support the academic transition of diverse groups of students and this is achieved through large and small group teaching, one-to-one appointments, school and college visits and resource development work.

More recently, I have been involved in curriculum design work for the newly established foundation year programmes at the University with a particular focus on academic skills development.

Prior to this, I was an Associate Tutor and Academic Workshop Leader in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia where I graduated with a PhD in 2016. My thesis investigated the social and cultural significance of online micro-communities for horror fans from sexual minority groups. I am also a Postdoctoral Tutor and Peer Reviewer for The Brilliant Club charity.

Areas of Interest

My areas of interest in teaching and research include the transition of students to university, academic writing and the sociology of education. I also maintain research interests in the field of Media and Cultural Studies including topics such as gender and sexuality, audiences and reception and the politics of taste. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

 

Qualifications 
BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA

 

Learning Development Librarians

I have been at the University of Surrey since 2014, supporting students to develop their digital and information literacy, including the confidence to reference accurately and avoid plagiarism. Previous roles have included supporting a diverse range of learners in schools, public libraries, and prisons. I completed my Masters in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2008, and completed the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at the University of Surrey in 2016.

Teaching

I teach research skills to all levels of students across several departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as delivering workshops as part of the SPLASH programme, the Researcher Development Programme and the Department for Higher education CPD programme. I create teaching materials for online delivery, including bespoke resources for specific modules, and more widely accessible resources for the student population as a whole. I am interested in facilitating learning through creativity and play, frequently using materials such as Lego in teaching sessions.

Publications

Loughlin, C., Hitchings, C., Barton, C., Anthoney, J., Barker, H., Warburton, S. and Niculescu, I. (2016) 'Open Badges: Acknowledging Soft Skills Acquisition', European Conference on e-Learning, Charles University, Prague, 27-28 October. Reading: Academic Conferences International Limited, pp. 433-440.