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Claire Dewhirst

Head of the Centre for Educational Development

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I have spent the last twelve years working in Higher Education, initially as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Teacher Education and more recently in my role as Head of the Centre for Educational Development at Queen’s University, Belfast. In my previous roles in Teacher Education I have led on a number of quality assurance functions in a range of management roles from Director of Learning and Teaching through to Director of Initial Teacher Education. I have also lead on the content development of, and delivery of, a wide range of courses, many of which have been at a Masters level. These include courses around Coaching and Mentoring as well as Educational Leadership. All of which have had to be accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. During this time I was also involved in developing the Scottish Teacher Education Committee’s (STEC) National Framework for Inclusion.

Before taking up my post in CED I worked within Research and Enterprise where I supported the development of research impact. I was involved in preparing our impact return to REF2014 for the university. As Research Impact Manager I worked across all of our Schools and Faculties. An opportunity that I very much enjoyed.

In relation to ethics and integrity I have chaired a Professional Practice panel for Teacher Education and have sat on a University committee for Academic Progression as well as a Fitness to Practice Committee for Nursing and Midwifery.

I undertook my EdD later in life, entitled Thinking Practice: CPD as Ethical Work.

Responsibilities within the University

Head of the Centre for Educational Development. The Centre for Educational Development advises on all things teaching and learning related including assessment. The Centre is a key point of contact for HEA related activities, MOOCs, Distance Learning, Assessment and other pedagogic activities at Queen's.

External Recognition

Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Research (IJER)

Panel Member of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS)

Member of the Head of Educational Development Group (HEDG)

External Examiner PGDE Geography Swansea University 2009-2013

External Examiner PGDE Social Subjects Newcastle University 2005-2009

External Examiner B.Ed Primary (Environmental Science) 2005-2009

International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education (IGU CGE) UK sub-committee Secretary 2011-2013

Professional and Personal Interests

I am a Geographer at heart. I spent ten very happy years teaching Geography in Fife before moving into Higher Education (Teacher Education). For me there is nothing more rewarding in a professional life than working with learners, whatever their age. As a young person I was lucky enough to grow up both in Scotland as well as spending some time living in Canada, Japan and France.