Sue Hobbs

Position: Lecturer

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Subject area: Becoming a Teacher

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Lecturer and Placement Development Manager, PGCE in Post-14 Education and Training

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the PGCE in Post-14 Education and Training and am Module Leader for the following level 6 modules: Theories and Principles of Educational Practice and Subject Specialist Professional Practice.

The PGCE relies heavily on working with schools and colleges to establish and maintain placements for all our trainees. As part of my role, I coordinate this process. I am responsible for mentoring and observing approximately 12 trainees per year in placement.

Our programme sits within a well-established collaborative partnership currently numbering 6 FE colleges and I am the link tutor for Chesterfield College, carrying out a range of activities in conjuction with staff and students on the PGCE and Cert Ed there.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a fellow of the HEA and a member of the Society for Education and Training.


  • MA Education - University of Derby
  • Certificate in Education - University of Derby
  • BA (Hons) Politics and German - Loughborough University

Recent publications

I co-authored Functional Skills Maths online resource and textbook for Hodder Publications in 2014.

Experience in industry

My teaching career prior to starting work at the University of Derby spanned 10 years at Stephenson College, a small FE college based in Coalville, Leicestershire. Initially, I taught Skills for Life, Literacy and Numeracy in the college, broadening this in response to various government initiatives to include teaching in a range of locations: college-based, community-based, employment-based and OLAS-based. I then began to teach on the college's Teacher Education programmes, ranging from introductory teacher training qualifications to the in-service Certificate in Education and Certificate in Supporting Learning programmes. 

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