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Dr Claire Stocks

Principal Lecturer in Academic Development
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Claire is the Academic Development Lead in the Centre for Collaborative Learning (CCL). In addition to being programme lead for the Academic Professional Apprenticeship, she oversees all of the University of Central Lancashire's Advance-HE accredited provision. Claire also teaches and supervises on the EdD, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Claire leads the Academic Development Team in CCL, and supports the team to deliver the Associates Programme, the Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and the CPD scheme. She is a mentor and reviewer for the CPD scheme, and contributes to teaching and assessment across all of the taught modules. She also supports more experienced academic staff to develop claims for Advance-HE’s National Teaching Fellowship and Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence schemes.

Claire leads the delivery of the University’s annual Learning and Teaching conference, and is module leader for the ‘Situating Research and Practice’ module of the EdD. Claire is a member of the Friends of the North network for academic developers in the north of England, and also a member of Advance-HE’s leaders of accredited provision group. She is an external examiner at Leicester and Teeside Universities, and also reviews Senior Fellow of the HEA claims for the University of Bolton as an external reviewer. She is an active peer reviewer for several journals and regularly presents and publishes her work.

Claire’s background is in literary studies, and before moving into Academic Development she gained an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Durham University and an MA and PhD in American Literature from Keele University. During this time, she also gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. She also holds a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Management from the Institute for Leadership and Management.

Before joining the University of Central Lancashire in 2017, Claire worked as a Lecturer in Educational Development at the University of Oxford, a Researcher Developer in the Humanities Faculty at the University of Manchester, and an Educational Developer in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Liverpool University. Claire has published a number of articles from her PhD thesis, as well as presenting and publishing in the area of academic development. She has published in and is an active reviewer for academic development journals including the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice and Innovations in Education and Teaching International. She has also published in, reviews for, and has guest edited for the International Journal for Academic Development. Claire has delivered numerous conference presentations at both national and international conferences, as well as having delivered invited talks. Her most recent research work has adopted a collaborative autoethnography approach to understanding academic development work.

  • PhD American Literature, Keele University, 2005
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Keele University, 2002
  • MA American Literature and Culture, Keele University, 1999
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Durham University, 1998
  • Academic development work
  • Autoethnography
  • Dual professionals and academic work
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA