School of Education and Childhood Studies


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Dr Ann Patey

  • Qualifications: Diploma in Personnel Management (IPM) (University of Portsmouth), Masters in Business Administration - Stage 1 & Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (University of Portsmouth), Master of Arts in Business Management (University of Portsmouth), PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Portsmouth), EdD Doctor of Education (University of Southampton)
  • Role Title: Partnership Manager
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5340
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  • Department: School of Education and Childhood Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have worked in the University since 1989, undertaking the role of School Manager for several schools, including the School of Education and Childhood Studies.  I have since moved away from this role to become the Partnership Manager for the School.  This role aims to establish and maintain professional partnerships with schools, colleges and training agencies and as part of this role I operationally manage all the full-cost contracts for the School.  A recent Ofsted inspection noted as a key strength ‘the work of the partnership manager in securing commitment to and engagement with the training programme from partner institutions’. 

In 2005 an opportunity arose for me to undertake research into running a Foundation Degree for administrators working in education.  This was an area of work that was very close to my heart because I felt that there was a need for administrators working in the educational environment to have the opportunity to undertake staff development that was appropriate and relevant to the work they were doing.  I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education to enable me to be Course Leader for the course. This course ran very successfully for 8 years, gaining the accolade of being 1st out of 10 institutions in the National Student Survey (2010) for 'exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction'.


I have an interest in the hybridisation of professional roles and how these work in university structures. My doctoral research, titled 'Crossing the Divide: Professional Transitions within Higher Education', explored this area.


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