Dr Nathalie Dalton-King
I joined the School for Cross-faculty Studies in 2017, bringing my experience of experiential learning, reflective practice and e-learning into an academic department for the first time and furthering my own personal development to include work-based-learning.
My academic background is in plant pathology and physiology with an interdisciplinary leaning towards languages! My undergraduate degree, European Studies in Agriculture and Food Sciences (specialising in plant science) included a semester studying at the Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers, France. I followed this is with an MSc in Crop Protection, where I collected data for my dissertation at ICIPE, Kenya. On my return, I took a year’s break on health grounds, which forced me to re-assess my options. I then chose to complete a PGCE (Secondary) in Modern Foreign Languages, with a view to teaching in secondary school. Although attaining Newly Qualified Teacher status, school teaching was not for me! I approached academics in the Birmingham’s School of Biosciences for laboratory-based jobs, but instead was offered a PhD looking into foliar diseases of the leaf-herb, coriander. Graduating in 2006, I worked as Plant Pathologist for Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley Gardens, Surrey, where I realised that my real strengths lay in articulating specialist knowledge to the lay-person.
Making a conscious decision not to go into academic research, I focused my career on using my strengths and experience to support wider skills development. I joined Warwick in 2008, working in various roles for the Graduate School Skills Programme in the Centre for Student Development and Enterprise. Following the departmental merge with Careers, into Student Careers and Skills, I became Co-ordinator for the Research Student Skills Programme - RSSP. In 2011, I moved roles (and cohorts!) to co-ordinate the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), which is where I really developed my knowledge of reflective practice and experiential learning. This was further enhanced with a secondment to the Employability Team in Student Careers and Skills, working on the Tell Your Story and other initiatives to help student identify, develop, reflect upon and articulate their skills and experience. Each of my roles at Warwick has included an element of teaching and I also tutored on the Warwick Undergraduate and Masters Skills Programmes and work as a freelance trainer with various Higher Education institutions in the Midlands.
PhD (University of Birmingham); PGCE – Secondary (University of Worcester); MSc (University of Bath); BSc Hons (University of Nottingham).
2016: Fellow, Warwick Higher Education Academy
wider university commitments
May 2017: Chair, Placement Practice - Pedagogy Sub-group