Fiona joined the School in January 2020. She previously worked for 7 years as an Associate for us within the Further Education sector. Fiona has experience in working within the Children, Schools and Families sector, having worked with children and young people aged 0-19 and their families over her career.
Fiona is an experienced lecturer, having taught across a variety of programmes with 16-19 year olds and adults in both FE and HE. Fiona is experienced in teacher education, having taught on the PGCE 16+ and is committed to inclusive and engaging participatory education. Fiona is an active member of her local community, volunteering as a school governor and as Run Director for a local Junior Parkrun. Fiona is currently working towards her Doctorate in Education.
Fiona predominately works within the team at our Burnley Campus, teaching on a variety of modules over years 1, 2 and 3 of the Children, Schools and Families Degree. She also Course Leads both the MA Professional Practice with Children and Young People and the PG Cert in Safeguarding Children. Fiona is the Children and Young People’s Social Prescribing Lead at UCLan and works closely with the PERCIE network.
Fiona has published work exploring barriers faced by working class female academics and also supporting independent learning for female learners. Fiona's Masters research focused upon supporting adult learners, particularly focusing upon the barriers faced by female learners in Burnley and the local area. Fiona is currently involved in youth-led collaborative national research exploring barriers faced by young people in accessing education, employment and training. For her doctoral thesis Fiona is exploring social prescribing for children and young people.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- MEd Professional Practice in Education, University of Central Lancashire
- PGCE (Lifelong Learning), University of Central Lancashire
- BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Lancashire
- Social Prescribing
- Children and Young People’s Participation
- Social Construction of Gender
- Inclusive Education