Louise Woodcock

Role: Head of Academic and Learning Services

Institution: University of Sheffield

Email: l.a.woodcock@sheffield.ac.uk

Key areas of expertise:

I have experience in leading learning and teaching enhancement projects, staff development for learning and teaching including online tutoring, academic skills development and evaluation of enhancement and development.

Developments I’ve led at the University of Sheffield include the development and embedding of The Sheffield Graduate Attributes and the associated implementation of the HEAR; pilot use of MOOCS with drivers including access to HE, recruitment to postgraduate provision, disseminating the the university’s leading edge research and enhancement of the undergraduate student experience; establishing our Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit to inform the University’s strategy and practice for WP and Inclusion; helping to establish our apprenticeship education provision for engineering with the AMRC-TC; and embedding and further developing student research and engagement activities piloted with our CETL for Inquiry Based Learning (CILASS).

Research interests:

I’m particularly interested in the links between learning, teaching and research: how this is experienced in practice by staff and students and the implications for curriculum development, additional student learning opportunities, and academic development, career pathways and recognition.

I recently participated in a European Universities Association (EUA) thematic peer group exploring the links between teaching and research. We presented our findings in relation to academic career pathways, curriculum development and student engagement at the first EUA Learning and Teaching conference in September 2017.

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