Fiona Hall

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

I completed primary teacher training and worked across the primary age ranges in schools in Birmingham and Oldham, moving into middle management and had responsibility for support staff in school as well as curricular responsibility for mathematics. After working in primary for a number of years I moved to the Further Education sector where I taught on level two and three programmes as well as becoming involved in the higher education provision at the college by teaching on part time Education and Early Childhood Studies degree courses. I have also worked as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) trainer and assessor for a number of years.

I joined the team at Staffordshire University in January 2015 and teach modules on the education studies award. I completed a part time doctorate in 2019 where my area of interest was the work of Teaching Assistants (TA) in primary schools.

I am currently an external examiner at South Essex College in partnership with the University of East Anglia.

In my spare time I am a school governor, I enjoy reading, riding my horse and skiing.

Professional memberships and activities

Senior Fellowship of the HEA (SFHEA) 

Academic qualifications

Doctorate in Education, Staffordshire University

Masters in Education Psychology, Manchester University

Bed in mathematics, Birmingham University


I am interested in safeguarding and the professional development of the education workforce. 

Research interests

The work of teaching assistants 


 I currently teach on the undergraduate BA Education Studies as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Development. 


HALL, F. and Pountney, M. (2020) ‘Working with teaching assistants and other adults in the classroom to support subject teaching’. In Capel, S., Lawrence, J., Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2020) Surviving and Thriving in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.

Hindmarch, D., HALL, F., Machin, L. and Murray, S. (2017) A Concise Guide to Education Studies. Northwich: Critical Publishing

Machin, L., Hindmarch, D., Murray, S., Richardson, T. and HALL, F. (2016) A concise guide to the level 3 Award in Education and Training. Northwich: Critical Publishing.

HALL, F., Hindmarch, D., Hoy, D. and Machin, L. (2015) Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning. Northwich: Critical Publishing.

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