Alyson Jolley


Institute of Education

I have worked at Staffordshire University since 2017 and prior to that, I have worked in colleges and with young people in a variety of roles. I was the Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Education, PCET and Teacher Education courses at a partner college for ten years. I also took the lead in staff development and training.

I have extensive experience working in the post-compulsory sector including college, adult learning, teaching professional qualifications in a range of work places, and working with young people. As part of the quality team at Stafford College I worked on all aspects of college Continuous Professional Development (CPD), observation team and management of the HE provision quality systems.

I have also worked in colleges in Birmingham and Edinburgh where I taught courses in careers guidance and training, ‘A’ Levels in English and History and lead professional development courses for staff and young people. I originally started working with young people with special educational needs and supporting them in vocational training.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of BERA

Fellow of the HEA

Research interests


  • transitions to university and the student experience
  • practical and active teaching and learning approaches in HE
  • alternative educational approaches and developing outdoor pedagogy

I am currently involved in a research project relating to our Woodlands Forest Campus area within the Institute of Education.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020