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Polly joined Oxford Brookes in February 2022 as Principal Lecturer, Head of Academic Practice within the Oxford Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development.
In her early career in secondary education in South Wales, where coal mines and the steel industry were in decline, Polly saw the impacts of socio-economic deprivation, and the ways in which inspirational teaching and mentoring could re-ignite ambition, motivation and achievement. This led to her career in Higher Education, and more specifically, Academic Enhancement underpinned by a passion for transformative teaching, learning and assessment practices which enable learners to thrive.
As a Learning Development Advisor in the early 2000s Polly taught all levels of higher education from foundation to postgraduate study across a range of disciplines. Subsequently as an Associate Professor she has led master’s level programmes in Academic Practice, Clinical Education, and Global Health. She also led an Academic Practice Apprenticeship and has acted as an external consultant for other institutions considering this option. She is an independent assessor for Advance HE.
Polly’s research and publications have informed her leadership of several institutional level projects including: widening participation, internationalisation, inclusive practice, and digital learning initiatives. She has trained and mentored academics from UK institutions and international partners across the globe via accredited programmes, short courses, international summer schools and 1-2-1 coaching and mentoring.
In 2021 Polly was made a National Teaching Fellow in recognition of: a sustained track record in the design and delivery of transformative learning experiences; her leadership and development of institutional policy; and national initiatives such as the APA Leaders forum. Beyond Brookes Polly is an education consultant, keynote speaker, external examiner, independent assessor, and Senior Fellow of Advance HE.
When she is not at work you may find her running about in a pair of muddy trainers, baking cakes, eating cake, singing (apologies to the neighbours) or in hiding with a good book!