Heather joined the IATL Team in 2020 as a Teaching Fellow with a specialisation in Assessment. She supports the institutional education strategy to diversify assessment methods, and works together with colleagues across the University towards the provision of disciplinary and interdisciplinary excellence, and pedagogic innovation. She advocates holistic learning, and developing strategies which aim to integrate ‘authentic’ forms of assessment within curriculum.
Heather has an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Southampton, covering the areas of (international) education, sociology, anthropology and migration studies, and an interdisciplinary MA in Transnational Studies from the University of Southampton.
Her pedagogical approaches and teaching practices are informed by her research. She is interested in the (re)production of social imaginaries within educational contexts and how these shape mobility. These interests stem from her PhD research which investigated the construction of a ‘global imaginary’ within the international school sector. For this project, she conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork at an international school community in Germany which comprised both internationally-mobile families and host country nationals. Her research provides insight into the global-local nexus that appears within communities of practice that are conceptualised as ‘global’, and the impact this has on personal, group, and organisational mobility. Over the years, she has worked with colleagues in international schools on themes of international mobility, identity, belonging, and community building. In her current position, she is particularly interested in the role of transdisciplinarity in curricular and pedagogic activity within diverse educational environments.
Heather brings several years of teaching experience from a variety of educational contexts across a number of geographies (North America, Europe, and Middle East) – including the past 9 years in Higher Education in the U.K. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE). Prior to this appointment, she has held posts at the University of Southampton, CU Coventry and Oxford Brookes University, and has been regularly engaged in initiatives geared towards widening participation and academic inclusivity – particularly in the area of assessment development, design, delivery, evaluation and feedback provision.