Curriculum Coordinator, Early Years
Mark was a Primary School Teacher for 15 years, working in a variety of schools including a year in Canada. He held management posts in three schools with responsibility for Early Years, Science and Personal, Social and Health Education. Mark has been involved with a number of educational projects, including an exchange with Ugandan teachers, and a project linking growing food with healthy lifestyles which culminated in him speaking at a national conference. His subject specialisms are around the sociology of childhood, international education and the status of early years practitioners. Mark holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology and a postgraduate Primary (Early Years) teaching qualification. He has recently completed his Master’s degree in Education.
Lecturer in Early Years and Early Childhood Studies
Sally has been working in the field of education since 2002, initially specialising in English and European languages. While maintaining an active interest in language development and early literacy, she went on to develop her passion for personal, social and emotional development in young children and the adults who work with them. This is reflected in the modules she teaches on and her personal pedagogy. She enjoys lecturing upon two Foundation degrees while completing her Master’s studies. She is also part of a research cluster involving local universities, and her interests include developing active and personally relevant learning, supporting student diversity through the widening participation agenda, and understanding what makes learning meaningful across the life course.
Lecturer in Early Years
Lauren teaches on UCW’s Early Years and Early Childhood Studies degree pathways. She graduated from Bath Spa University with an Honours degree in Early Years Education and is currently studying towards the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Lauren has also worked as a Lead Childminding Practitioner and mentored students and Lecturers working with a Local Authority. Her areas of academic interest include outdoor learning and the development of reflective practices.