My passion is in developing an evidence-base of what works (and doesn’t work) in Higher Education and have a desire to champion the grassroots developments of academics, professional services, and third space colleagues in developing and delivering learning and teaching in HE.
My primary interest is around how universities support for students from diverse, non-traditional, and minoritised backgrounds in Higher Education, within the socio-cultural and political worlds that we live in.
I have over 10 years' experience as in Higher Education; leading, developing, and delivering curricula, and conducting research, evaluations, and analyses within the space. Most recently I led a program of work exploring where and why students from non-traditional and historically marginalised backgrounds face additional barriers through their academic journey. I am passionate about understanding what, when, and how different approaches in learning and teaching are effective in supporting students from diverse backgrounds to succeed in Higher Education and beyond.
I am a strong advocate for mixed methods approaches and have considerable expertise in using quantitative and qualitative data to conduct robust evidence-based research and evaluations.
Professional memberships and activities
- Sector Network Member for TASO
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- PhD Psychology – University of Aberdeen
- BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Central Lancashire
- Malachy Mbah – Developing evidence-informed evaluation methodologies for HE Practice (Staffordshire University)
- Emeka Okoli – Decolonising the Psychology curriculum (Nottingham Trent University)