Katie Leonard


School of Life Sciences and Education

I am a passionate advocate for the development of arts and culture.
Determined to improve the quality and access to the arts for all young people.
A champion for students and teachers alike, my leadership and commitment
to arts and cultural education is of paramount importance to me.

I develop course materials for Art and Design subject specific sessions; delivering Art and Design lectures. I shortlist and interview potential trainees; observing and mentoring PGCE trainees whilst communicating and liaising with mentors in schools. I monitor the progress of trainees and support trainees in their studies and teaching through marking assignments and 1:1 tutorial session. I am a personal tutor also for trainees in mixed subject groups as well as be the lead for marketing and recruitment events at Staffordshire University for the Secondary PGCE courses.

Professional memberships and activities

NSEAD National Society of Education Art and Design- Council Member
Stoke CEP-Stoke Cultural Education Partnership-Strategic Lead for CPD
STARTS-Staffordshire Teachers ARTS Network Lead
Local Authority Primary Governor, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Metal and Jewellery
PGCE Secondary Art and Design
MA Education

Research interests

Gender participation gap in Art and Design at GCSE
Collaborative working
Ceramics in Education


PGCE Secondary Art and Design
PGCE Primary- Art and Design


Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020