Throughout my education and practice as an academic, I have consistently been motivated to understand how we utilise freedom and power as human beings to both our benefit and our downfall, and have done so through the disciplinary lenses of Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology. Consequently I became fascinated with trying to understand how and why we make choices as human beings, how people can influence us both positively and negatively, and how we steer ourselves and others through the storms that life presents us with. It is this fascination that still motivates me today and influences a great deal of my work and research.
Undertaking training as a Social and Developmental Psychologist, I was educated at the Universities of St Andrews (MA, PhD) and Cambridge (MPhil), where my research focused on resilience and coping across the lifespan, as well as the role of memory in the development and maintenance of personal and social identity. During my time as a postgraduate researcher and educator, I also developed a strong understanding of the importance of first-class pedagogical practice, the importance of developing all aspects of the learner journey, and the value in underpinning pedagogy with a thoughtful structure of educational policy to support both learners and educators in higher education.
Subsequently, I progressed to a career where I am involved in the development and provision of academic and pastoral services for staff and students engaged in Higher Education. My specific focus is on supporting learning and teaching in higher education and university environments by developing strategic responses to educational policy both domestically and internationally. I am also a University Warden where I lead a residential support team who assist students in negotiating their pastoral needs and adjustment to broader University life beyond the classroom.
From all of these experiences, I am focused on furthering the development and enhancement of both academic and pastoral support/advisory services within the Higher Education Sector, as well as focusing very specifically on the provision of a first-class student experience. With the support of first-class University services, I truly believe in the importance of students taking command of their own self-volition and making informed and positive decisions about their future. In doing so I hope that students find their growth and freedom in response to the choices they make, very much as Frankl envisaged when he wrote those words many years ago.