Kay Dawson

Academic Tutor - Step Up To He

Academic Quality and Development

At Staffordshire University I work as an Academic Tutor on the Step Up to Higher Education Foundation Certificate programme of study.

Within higher education I have been involved with teaching and coordinating Foundation Degrees, working closely with local businesses, looking at opportunities and skills gaps.

I led and managed the academic provision for the foundation degrees within Further Education and then at Staffordshire too. As well as project managing on “High House” an enterprise project focusing on student’s wallpaper designs being manufactured and sold. This highlighted just how powerful the nurture and support from the University can be, making a real difference to opportunities and outcomes. Alongside this I held the role of external examiner with Manchester Metropolitan University, verifying quality and provide continuing support.

My focus and passion is to motivate and support the transformation of life goals, through both education and personal mentoring. With a focus on barriers to learning with the harder-to-reach students to promote inclusion and instigate opportunities. Supporting them to develop positively to succeed and flourish in their professional and personal contexts.

Through my holistic reflective approach to teaching and learning, I enable students to gain confidence and take ownership of their own learning both academically and personally.

Academic qualifications

MA Design Management, Staffordshire University

PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) Staffordshire University

QTLS (Qualified Teaching and Learning Status) Staffordshire University

Level 5 Teaching English in Further Education and the Skills Sector, Staffordshire University

BA Hons Interior Design, Wolverhampton University

CELTA, Teaching English as a foreign language


Widening participation for teaching and learning through the local demographic. Quality of teaching and learning. Supporting adults to achieve their passions and life goals.


Step Up to Higher Education Programme - Academic Tutor

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

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