Dr Lynn Senior

Lynn Senior

Position: Dean of the Institute of Education

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Becoming a Teacher

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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I am the Dean of the Institute of Education. We offer the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • PGCE programmes
  • School Direct
  • Teacher Education Post 14
  • MA Education
  • Doctor of Education
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies
  • FdA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Early Years Teacher programmes

The International Centre for Career Guidance and Centre for Educational Research and Innovation also sit within the College.

Teaching responsibilities

  • 14-19 Curriculum Development

Professional interests

Vocational education


All areas of learning, teaching and assessment with specific interests in curriculum design and development and CPD.

Research interests

I am involved in research in the 14-19 educational reforms, in particular the training needs of vocational practitioners.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Institute for Learning (IFL)
  • Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member of East Midlands Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training
  • External examiner and advisor for DTTLS programmes


Postgraduate Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education
  • MSc in Tourism Management, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Recent publications

  • Scales, P and Senior, L  (due 2017) An Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting Fellowship, Open University Press
  • Senior, L (2016) A Teacher’s Guide to 14–19 Policy and Practice, Routledge
  • Senior, L (2010) The Essential Guide to Teaching 14-19 Diplomas, Pearson, Harlow
  • Scales P, Pickering J, Senior L, Headley K, Garner P, Boulton H (2011) Continuing Professional Development in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Open University Press
  • Senior L, in Scales, P (2013) Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Open University Press
  • Senior, L Eds (2013) Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce, Routledge

Recent conferences

  • IPDA Conference paper December 2006/7 and 13.
  • Attended 14-19 conference in September 2009.
  • Professional Identity within 14-19 vocational education:
    • A comparative study of the perceptions of professional identity amongst first and second career teachers working across the 14-19 sectors within the UK. Conference of Vocational Education and Training, Oxford 2011 International.

Experience in industry

I have taught vocational subjects across a range of sectors, including secondary and FE. Currently involved in ITE for all sectors.

International experience

Taught on PG Cert and MA programmes in Switzerland.

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