Mrs Kathleen Headley

Position: Senior Lecturer Teacher Education

College: College of Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Education Studies

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I teach on campus at the University of Derby and also at a school. The academic level I teach is undergraduate level and masters level.

MA Excellence Award Winner 2013.

Teaching responsibilities

Module leader in the BA(Hons) Education degree

Programme Co-ordinator with collaborative partnership for the BA(Hons) Education top up degree

Professional interests

My professional interest has a focus on:

  • Education theories, which can be usd to maximise potential
  • Reflective practice, QUAD model, ie
  • Questioning what we do
  • Understanding there are different ways of doing things
  • Appraising what we do, is it working or not?
  • Developing (as opposed to being static)

Improving BME student experience

Research interests

  • Reflective practice as a means of developing professional bodies
  • Collaborative learning, to promote learner engagement
  • Online learning being used to support the learning process

Membership of professional bodies

  • Institute for Learning
  • Higher Education Teaching Fellow


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Education - Nottingham Trent University

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MA Education - University of Derby

Recent publications

  • Scales, P. Pickering, J.  Senior, L. Headley, K. Garner, P. Boulton, H. (2011) Continuous Professional Development in the Lifelong Learning Sector. London. Open University Press
  • Davey, A. Headley, K. Wilson, H. (2015) Improving BME Student Experience. Scotland. The Higher Education Academy.

Recent conferences

  • Innovation Learning using Technology, London
  • Neuro Science
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Assessment methodologies: using new techniques, including technology
  • The brain function: latest update on how the brain works
  • Presented at a Student Attainment and Experience conference (22 June 2015)

Additional interests and activities

Working in different educational settings to get a broad view of Lifelong Learning.

Coast to coast walking.

Experience in industry

  • External Examiner experience
  • Manager in Further Education
  • Programme Leader: Initial Teacher Training
  • Working with a diverse range of educational institutions

Research posts

  • University of Derby - BME Attainment, 2013 current research
    Current being published in a journal (Higher Education Academy)

International experience

Working at the Paris Air Show

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