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I graduated with a BA (Hons) Education and Training from the University of Huddersfield where I had previously completed the teaching certificate (CertEd) in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, specialising in adult literacy and numeracy. I am in the process of submitting my PhD thesis entitled ‘Academic Skills issues in a Diverse School of Applied Sciences’ in which I investigated and analysed staff and student perceptions of undergraduate academic skills, particular the differences between traditional and non-traditional learners. In addition, I am in my second year of the MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning which is enabling me to develop new learning resources for the students in Applied Sciences.
Prior to becoming a mature learner at the University of Huddersfield, I worked in various industries and professions including Hotel and Operational Management, Logistics, IT support, Service Delivery Management and Contract Management. Throughout my employment I was heavily involved in the design and delivery of training resources for staff and customers which led me to return to learning to obtain formal teaching qualifications.
My first teaching post was at Bradford and Ilkey Community College, where I began working with adult learners, developing their basic literacy and numeracy skills. I then worked as a Skills for Life Coordinator for the Yorkshire and Humber regions for Y H Training Services, teaching key skills to NVQ students and training staff on appropriate teaching techniques. I began working for the University of Huddersfield in 2006 as Academic Skills Tutor and also currently the module leader for Research Skills for first year Biologists and Nutritionists, in addition to teaching employability to all first year undergraduates. I am also heavily involved in the Science Extended Degree, delivering the Foundation Maths lectures and acting as a personal tutor.
My research interests lie within the fields of first year experiences and maths anxiety. I am an active member of British Mensa and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Din, R. and Corley, C. (2015) ‘From pre-induction to graduation: supporting non-traditional learners in maths and academic skills’. In: Collaborate to Widen Particpation: to, through and beyond higher education. London: University of East London Printing Services. pp. 239-247. ISBN 978-1-905858-32-3
Din, R. and Corley, C. (2014) ‘Evaluation of an online maths bridging course’. In: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, 30th April - 1st May 2014, University of Edinburgh
Corley, C (2010) ‘Academic skills in higher education: Who wants them and needs them?’. In: "Society for Research into Higher Education" Annual PostGraduate and Newer Researchers Conference 2010, 14th - 16th December 2010, Celtic Manor, Newport
Corley, C (2010) ‘Academic skills in higher education: Does age matter?’. In: Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Post Graduate and Newer Researchers Conference 2010, 14th to 16th December 2010, Celtic Manor, Newport
Corley, C (2010) ‘Teach the 3Rs at university? Your 'aving a larrrf!’. In: "Communicating to the public" Vitae Public Engagement Competition, 26th April 2010, Great North Museum, Newcastle