After graduating, with a Business Studies degree, I gained extensive experience in Human Resource Management in Private and Public Sector organisations. I worked for Hays Plc for over ten years where my roles included Regional, Business Develeopment and Training Manager. Before making a move into a career into higher education in 2005 I completed my MSc and CIPD at the University of Portsmouth.
I currently hold the position of Programme Director for Degree Apprenticeships (Business and Law faculty), after five years leading the HR Courses and accumalating over 15 years teaching experience within the Business School. After initially leading on the launch of Degree Apprenticeship courses from September 2016 my aim is lead a team that continuously improves the Degree Apprenticeship experience for the apprentices and their employers. For the individual to gain a degree-undergraduate and/or postgraduate but to have the ability to translate their Univeristy learning back into their own work environments to solve business problems and make a difference. For the employer to work with stakeholders to raise the impact of degree apprentices through such workbased learning and talent manager development. This has involved collaborating with organisation's 'Apprenticeship Ambassadors' in our design and delivery, liaising with managers and mentors so that they can support the apprentice through their application of real projects and developing their learning. Having a strong interest in continuous professional learning for the individual I have enjoyed the challenge of aligning our Degree Apprenticeships with requirements from Professional Bodies /Degree Apprenticeship standards which are expected to be evdienced at EPA (End Point Assessment.)
From previous training experience within industry, recent teaching experience and gaining a PgC LTHE my research interests lie in student centred learning. Hence the Degree Apprenticeship Programmes at the University of Portsmouth and as a member of the CABS National Degree Working Group have opened opportunity for me to explore and research further potential best practice which will benefit both apprentice and their stakeholders. Although initial attempts were curtailed by ill health it is the intention to continue.