Dominique Powell


Institute of Education

Originally a Primary School teacher, I have extensive experience of working in FE and HE as well as the PGCE teams, BA Early Years and Education teams here at Staffordshire University. I am currently the Course Leader for the Foundation Degree Education with Early Childhood Studies Pathway which is taught at our partner institutions, who I also work closely with as Academic Link Tutor.

I am passionate about learning; believing that everyone at whatever age needs to find and nurture ‘the thing they are good at’.

Professional memberships and activities

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Chair- SEFDEY (Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees in Early Years)

Academic qualifications

2017 Masters in Education - Staffordshire University

1987  Bachelor of Education (Honours) Teaching Degree – Wolverhampton University


Early Childhood studies (BA/FdA)

Primary Education

English Language

Research interests

Foundation Degrees and their impact

Early Years – particularly neuroscience


My teaching commitments at Staffordshire University have included teaching on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Education, BA (Hons) fast track Level 6 ‘Top-Up’ and the BA (Hons) ECS (Early Childhood Studies) fast track Level 6 ‘top-up’.

I currently teach on the Post Graduate Certificate in Employability and support teaching and learning on the full-time UG BA Early Childhood Studies Degree. I work extensively with our Collaborative Academic Partnerships team and various partner HE colleges. I also carry out student observations for the BA (Hons) ECS and am part of the interview team for Primary Initial Teacher Training.


SEFDEY Foundation Degree Student Handbook – pub. Estimated March 2023 

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021