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I joined the University in 2005 to manage a student employability and work placement project. Previously, I had a successful career managing strategic, operational, project and change processes in areas as diverse as aerospace manufacture and social services. I am committed to developing the best possible student experience at Huddersfield. Since 2010, I have been Head of the Teaching and Learning Institute (TALI), and in 2011 I was recognised as a University Teaching Fellow.
My role is to further develop inspiring teaching and learning (T&L) and support the delivery of the T&L Strategy by developing and embedding Strategic T&L Projects. Each project supports one of the 6 stands of the T&L Strategy and is normally led by a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), supported by TALI staff and associates from across the university. Further we support the professional development of colleagues though the HEA Fellowship Scheme, NTF and teaching qualifications. Since 2012 we have partnered with the Student Union to recognise excellent staff through the 'Thank You Awards'. A version of these entirely student nominated awards has been running since I instigated the Extra Mile Awards scheme in 2006. Furthermore we organise an annual T&L Conference and work with staff development to deliver a T&L staff development programme. Finally we share and embed good practice in T&L, for example through support for bid writing and journal publication.
I am an active researcher and practitioner in communities that support T&L and Work Integrated Learning (WIL), particularly the , The Work Based and Placement Learning Association (ASET), Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG).
2011 University Teaching Fellow, University of Huddersfield
2010 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
2008 Completed modules in Social Research and Evaluation, Statistical Analysis of Research Data as part of the MSc Social Research and Evaluation, University of Huddersfield.
1993 MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Hertfordshire A practical course covering all aspects of the effective management of a manufacturing company: operations management, business strategy and tactics, advanced manufacturing technology, information technology, materials and processes. Three-month project and thesis at Glaxo Manufacturing Services, Ware, 'Implementing Statistical Process Control (SPC) into the Zantac Tablet Manufacturing Process'.
1990 BSc Mathematics (Sandwich), The Hatfield Polytechnic
Major option, 'Mathematics Applied to Industrial and Economic Systems'; final-year project, 'Software Engineering with Ada'. One-year industrial placement at Kodak Ltd, Harrow, working on SPC of photographic testing processes as Analyst / Programmer within Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Division.
In 2013, Huddersfield became Times Higher 'University of the Year'. Two critical factors in this success were that in November 2012 we became the first UK University to have 100% of our teaching staff as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Additionally over the period (2008-2014) we have the most National Teaching Fellows (NTF), and are the only institution to have had at least one NTF elected in each of those seven years.
My major area of expertise in Teaching and Learning (T&L) is in Experiential Learning and Work Integrated Learning (WIL), in particular understanding the world of work and how this links with the world of academia. I have published widely in this field and am actively engaged in global scholarly communities. Furthermore, I build collaborative T&L communities to support innovation and inter-professional collaborations. Please see the repository for a full listing of my published work.
Back in 2006, my initial research asked a question often asked but infrequently answered, 'Do students on placement gain better, jobs, salaries and careers'. Next came, 'Placement Podcasts' where students were filmed talking about their placement experiences. I have always been acutely aware throughout my professional career that a placement represents a triangular partnership between student, employer and university (tutor). So between 2007 and 2009 I followed a group of 14 students on their 'Student Placement Journeys'. They were filmed as second years, as third years with their employers, and as final years with their tutors. The results showed the huge development of student confidence throughout their placement period.
In 2010, I formed a UK research partnership with Professor Nigel King and Dr Tina McAdie. We joined an international research project with Canadian, Swedish and US partners to explore if placement students are better psychologically prepared for work. Our findings showed that those who pursue WIL have significantly higher hope and confidence in attaining their goals and lower text anxiety than their non-WIL peers. We also explored students who had taken on multiple WIL experiences, and our results suggested that the more WIL experiences a student had the higher their trait hope, agency, self-concept, self-esteem and academic self-efficacy (Purdie et al., 2011).
In 2012 we set up a qualitative study to explore the multiple WIL findings further. Initial findings showed how student and personal identity moved through a transformation process resulting in a professional identity. Papers on the development of the research methodology and preliminary results have been published, with further in-depth analysis in draft.
2012 'The More The Merrier? A Qualitative Examination of the Contribution of Multiple Work Integrated Learning Experiences to Student Learning, Personal Development and Preparation for Employment.' T&L innovation Project with Centre for Applied Psychological Research, School of Human and Health Sciences. £9270
2011 'Are Placement Students Better Psychologically Prepared for Work and Life? An International Comparative Study'. £7.5k
2010 Exploring and Reducing the Barriers to Service User Engagement with the ALPS Assessment Suite A Multi-Disciplinary Approach £5k
2006-9 Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund £2m (see below)
2008 Collaborative Exploration of Creative Approaches to Service User Involvement - £3.7K with Schools of Human and Health Sciences and Music Humanities and Media
2007-9 Student Podcasts / Placement Journeys £25k
2006-9 Extra Mile Awards (3 Academic years) £30k
2005-6 Student Employability and Good Practice in Placement Provision £125k
2006-2009 Programme Manager Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund
This £2m HEFCE-funded programme consisted of 17 T&L projects, with around 50 staff. We delivered 5 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 keynote presentations, 49 conference papers (10 peer-reviewed), one book, and 5 chapter contributions.
Theme 1 - Transition into University
1a Library and IT Mentors £55k
1b Engaging the X Box Generation of Learners When They Reach Higher Education £41k
1c Understanding the Transition from School to University Music and Related Subjects £46k
1d Transitions for Students with a Disability £58k
1e Learning Styles and Student Development on Access Courses in Higher Education £148k
1f Peer Assisted Learning £189k
Theme 2 - Developing and Building Excellence,
2a Creativity and Innovation in Teaching in Higher Education £170k
2b Creativity and Innovation in Employer Engagement £163k
2c Creativity and Innovation in Art and Design Networks £161k
Theme 3 - Research into Teaching and Learning and Its application to Practice
3a Incorporating Distance Learning Into Modules Delivered to Remote Centres & Franchise Colleges £149k
3b Building Creative Capacity in Staff and Students £60k
3c Formative Assessment £205k
Theme 4 - The University in the Wider Community,
4a Developing Higher Education Tutors within Further Education Sector £192k
4b Embedding Staff and Student Volunteering £185k
4c South Asian Music £69k
Ward, L (2015) ‘Transforming the Global Co-operative and Work Integrated Education (CWIE) Workforce - A Talent Management Approach’. In: 19th World Conference on Cooperative and Work Integrated Education (CWIE). 'Towards a New Stage of CWIE for Innovative Minds and Global Competency', 18th - 21st August 2015, Kyoto, Japan
Ward, L (2014) ‘Re-aligning Strategic Capacity to deliver Teaching and Learning and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Outcomes’. In: ACEN National Conference 2014 WIL: Building Capacity, 1-3 October, 2014, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Ward, L., Potter, M. and Yip, D. (2014) ‘The Flipped Student - Education from the Other Side’. In: ASET Annual Conference, 2014, 2-4 September, 2014, University of Northumbria, UK , pp. 28-29
Ward, L., McAdie, T., Bravington, A. and King, N. (2014) ‘From unskilled to employable: using a qualitative examination of the Placement Timeline Research Method to explore student professional and personal development whilst on multiple WIL experiences.’. In: WACE 10th International Symposium on Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education, 2-4 June, 2014, Trollhatten, Sweden
Ward, L (2014) ‘Occupational Therapy Commentary’. In: Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, 5th Edition. UK: Elsevier. . ISBN 9780702045899
Ward, L (2013) ‘Placement Research: Tips and Advice for Securing Funding’. In: Proceedings of the 2013 ASET Annual Conference, University of Greenwich, September 2013. Sheffield: ASET. pp. 106-109. ISBN 9780956455994
Ward, L., Bravington, A., McAdie, T. and King, N. (2013) ‘Challenges of Developing and Sustaining a Research Partnership for Work Integrated Learning’. In: Proceedings of the 18th WACE World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education June 24-27 2013. Durban, South Africa: WACE. .
Purdie, F., Ward, L., McAdie, T., King, N. and Drysdale, M. (2013) ‘Are work-integrated learning (WIL) students better equipped psychologically for work post-graduation than their non-work-integrated learning peers? Some initial findings from a UK university’ Asia Pacific Journal of Co-operative Education , 14 (2), pp. 117-125. ISSN 1175-2882
Ward, L (2013) ‘Keynote Presentation: Applying for Teaching and Learning Funding’. In: ADA Teaching and Learning Conference 2013 - Celebrating Innovation In Teaching and Learning, 09 January 2013, University of Huddersfield
Ward, L (2012) ‘Placements Down Under’ ASET Newsletter .
Ward, L., McAdie, T., Bravington, A. and King, N. (2012) ‘The Process of Designing and Analysing a Qualitative Study into Multiple WIL Experiences’. In: Proceedings of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) National Conference. Australia: ACEN. pp. 302-306. ISBN 978-0-9805706-2-5
Drysdale, M., Ward, L., Johansson, K., Zaitseva, E. and Sheri, D. (2012) ‘Comparing the Attributes of Students in Cooperative Education or Work-Integrated Learning Programs in Four Countries.’. In: Australian Collaborative Education Network 2012 Conference, 29 October - 2 November 2012, Geelong, Melbourne, Australia
Ward, L. and Clifford, R. (2012) ‘Developing an International Work Integrated Learning (WIL)and Work Placement Resource Directory’. In: ASET Annual Conference 2012 - Proceedings of the 2012 Placement and Employability Professionals Conference. Sheffield, UK: ASET. pp. 111-114. ISBN 0-9564559-5-6
Ward, L. and Padgett, K. (2012) ‘Developing a service user facilitated, interactive case study - A reflective and evaluative account of a teaching method’ Nurse Education Today , 32 (2), pp. 156-160. ISSN 0260-6917
Purdie, F., McAdie, T., King, N. and Ward, L. (2011) ‘In the right placement at the right time? An investigation of the psychological outcomes of placement learning’ Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences , 29, pp. 717-724. ISSN 1877-0428
Ward, L (2011) ‘Are placement students better psychologically prepared for life and work?’. In: University Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) AGM and Seminar, 24th November 2011, Russell Hotel, London
Purdie, F., McAdie, T., King, N. and Ward, L. (2011) ‘Learning beyond the lecture room: Do placements help students learn about themselves and for themselves?’. In: British Psychological Society - Psychology of Education Conference, 18th - 20th November 2011, Preston, UK
Purdie, F., Ward, L., McAdie, T. and King, N. (2011) ‘Does work integrated learning better psychologically prepare British students for life and work.’. In: Association for Sandwich Education and Training (ASET) Annual Conference 2011, September, 2011, Leeds Metropolitan University
Ward, L (2011) ‘Developing and Engaging in Collaborative Networks to Support Student Employability and Work Placements Examples from a Local, National and International Perspective’. In: WACE 17th World Conference on Co-operative & Work Integrated Education, 15-17 June 2011, Philadelphia, USA
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2010) ‘The Challenges of Setting Up a Teaching and Learning Institute to Inspire Tomorrows Professionals.’. In: Association for Sandwich Education and Training (ASET) Annual Conference, 7-9 September 2010, University of Leicester
Ward, L. and Rhodes, C. (2010) ‘Embedding consumer culture in health and social care education - a university office's perspective’ International Journal of Consumer Studies , 34 (5), pp. 596-602. ISSN 1470-6423
Ward, L., McCullagh, D. and Flynn, S. (2010) ‘The work of the Association for Sandwich Education and Training (ASET)Research Network UK’. In: WACE European Symposium Hosted by FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, June, 2010, Graz, Austria
Balen, R., Rhodes, C. and Ward, L. (2010) ‘The Power of Stories: Using Narrative for Interdisciplinary Learning in Health and Social Care’ Social Work Education: The International Journal , 29 (4), pp. 416-426. ISSN 0261-5479
Rhodes, C., Ward, L., Lyons, S., Symons, J., Plews, C., Priestley, J., Sherwin, S., Young, M., Boaz, M. and McNicholl, L. (2010) ‘The Service User and Carer Working Group's Journey Through the ALPS Programme’. In: Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings - Work Based Learning and Assessment for the Next Decade, March 2010, Weetwood Hall, Leeds, UK
Ward, L. and Rhodes, C. (2009) ‘The trials and tribulations of setting up a development worker post at the University of Huddersfield’. In: Authenticity to Action - Involving Service Users and Carers in Higher Education Conference 2009, 4th - 6th November 2009, Grange-Over-Sands, UK
Ward, L., Rhodes, C. and Balen, R. (2009) ‘Innovative, Service User led approaches to teaching and learning through inter-disciplinary workshops in health and social care’. In: Authenticity to Action - Involving Service Users and Carers in Higher Education Conference 2009, 4th - 6th November 2009, Grange-Over-Sands, UK
Ward, L. and Laird, R. (2009) ‘Different Dialects - a World Conversation on Work Integrated learning’. In: ASET Annual Conference 2009: Proceedings of the 2009 Placement and Employability Professionals Conference. Sheffield: ASET. pp. 12-44. ISBN 978-0-9564559-1-8
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2009) ‘Student Placement Journeys - How journeys may change direction in a recession. A project based upon an on-line collection of video resources showcasing the development of students on one year work placements with views from their employers and placement tutors.’. In: ASET Annual Conference 2009: Proceedings of the 2009 Placement and Employability Professionals Conference. Sheffield: ASET. pp. 110-140. ISBN 978-0-9564559-1-8
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2009) ‘How inspirational and innovative Teaching and Learning projects at the University of Huddersfield prepare our graduates with employability skills for a changing world of work.’. In: 18th World Conference for Co-operative Education, 'An International Dialogue in Vancouver', July, 2009, Vancouver, Canada
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2009) ‘Student Placement Journeys - An On-line collection of video resources showcasing the development of students on one year work placements with the views from their employers and placement tutors.’. In: 18th World Conference for Co-operative Education, 'An International Dialogue in Vancouver', July, 2009, Vancouver, Canada
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2008) ‘Placement Podcasts - the Employer's Perspectives’. In: WACE Asia Pacific Conference Proceedings. : Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN). pp. 596-602. ISBN 9780980570601
Ward, L (2008) ‘Work Placements - A Journey Around the World. Findings from the World Association of Co-operative Education (WACE) Conference. Singapore 2007’. In: ASET Annual Conference 2008: Proceedings of the 2008 Placement and Employability Professionals Conference. Plymouth: ASET. . ISBN 978-0-9542231-8-2
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2008) ‘Placement Podcasts: The Employers' Perspective’. In: Proceedings of the 2008 Placement and Employability Professionals' Conference. Plymouth: ASET. . ISBN 978-0-9542231-8-2
Rhodes, C., Ward, L. and Balen, R. (2008) ‘Using narrative for interdisciplinary learning in health and social care’. In: The Narrative Practitioner 2nd International Conference, 23rd - 25th July 2008, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), Wrexham, Wales
Balen, R., Rhodes, C. and Ward, L. (2008) ‘Using narrative for interdisciplinary learning in health and social care’. In: Biennial Conference of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), July 20-24, 2008, Durban, South Africa
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2007) ‘Placement Podcasts - The University of Huddersfield Experience’. In: ASET Annual Conference 2007: Proceedings of the 2007 Placement and Employability Professionals Conference. Sheffield: ASET. pp. 52-56. ISBN 978-0-9542231-7-5
Ward, L. and Gaffikin, J. (2007) ‘Placement Podcasts - The University of Huddersfield Experience’. In: 15th World Conference on Co-operative Education, June 2007, Singapore
Ward, L (2006) ‘Graduate Employment Links to Sandwich Year Work Placements’. In: Changing Student Choices. A Joint Higher Education Academy and Higher Education Careers Service Unit Conference, July, 2006, University of Manchester, UK
1994 At Ciba-Geigy, Duxford I was the first female Process (Factory) Manager in an all-male team manufacturing aerospace components from composite materials.
2004 Assessed at Wakefield Council as being in the top 10% of all senior managers and directors within a 15,000 strong organisation and was mentored by the Deputy Chief Executive.
2007 Presented my first paper at ASET which was voted top paper by conference attendees.
2011 Invited to 'Second Co-operative Research Symposium Developing a Research Agenda for Co-operative Education' in Philadelphia. This global network comprises 20 professors, directors, leading researchers and journal editors in the field of (WIL). The aim of the symposium is to influence the practice and understanding of WIL over the next decade, by providing clear and coordinated research evidence to support the common sense claims of WIL.
2011-13 Represented ASET at National WIL Associations Meetings (Philadelphia, Melbourne and Durban) with representative from Australia, South Africa, Canada, US, Thailand, Japan and Sweden.
2012 Invited onto Keynote panel at ACEN Conference, Melbourne with 6 global WIL experts, 'International Trends, Challenges and Issues in WIL.'
2013 Invited to co-facilitate a roundtable session on work readiness at the WACE World Conference on Co-operative and Work Integrated Education, Durban, South Africa with SASCE Co-Facilitator: Jacquie Bhana, Director: Human Resources, Tongaat-Hulett Sugar and Susanne Taylor, University of Johannesburg.
2013 Consulted by WACE on the development of a global student honour society.
2005-2007 Higher Education Academy (HEA) Work Placement Forum. I was invited as an Institutional representative to join a group made up of academic experts and representatives from national organisations such as ASET, NCWE (National Council for Work Experience), DfES (and other government departments), PlaceNet and Shell Step.
2006 Changing Student Choices. A Joint Higher Education Academy and Higher Education Careers Service Unit Conference at University of Manchester Steering group member.
2008 Led the 'World Employability Showcase', hosted at University of Huddersfield. Attendees were university staff and invited representatives of the HEA, NCWE and ASET. The showcase highlighted key research and practice from papers delivered at the world conference including changes in the global economy, work placements and employability.
2006-2009 The TQEF programme hosted 85 events including staff development sessions and conferences. In 2009 a final Celebration event and exhibition was hosted by our Vice-Chancellor and the Regional Director of HEFCE.
2008 Keynote address ASET Annual Conference, Plymouth. 'Work Placements - A Journey Around the World. Findings from the World Association of Co-operative Education (WACE) Conference, Singapore 2007.'
2009 Keynote address ASET Annual Conference, 2009, Lancaster with Ron Laird, University of Ulster. 'Different Dialects - a World Conversation on Work Integrated learning.'
2013 ADA Teaching and Learning Conference 2013 - Celebrating Innovation in Teaching and Learning. 'Applying for Teaching and Learning Funding.'
ASET The Work Based and Placement Learning Association
2010-13 Executive Officer (Director) of ASET
2011-13 Led ASET International Placement and Collaboration Network
2011 Present ASET Practice and Research Group (PRG)
World Association for Co-operative Education (WACE)
Heads of Educational Development Groups
2010 to present Vice Chair Teaching and Learning Institute Board
2010 to present Vice Chair of Teaching and Learning Conference Steering Committee
2009 to Present Attend University Teaching and Learning Committee
2010 to Present Attend Quality Standards Advisory Group
2005-2009 Vice Chair Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund Management Group
In 2006, I instigated 'Extra Mile Awards', an entirely student nominated scheme to reward excellent staff. By 2010 this annual scheme was receiving 570 nominations. Our Vice-Chancellor said, 'Of all the dinners I go to in the course of a year, the Extra Mile Awards is my favourite. It is great to see our students take the time to nominate staff. It is equally gratifying to see that our staff care about the support of our students. Tonight's nominations have included examples of our 3is: Inspiration, innovation and international. I am delighted to support this exemplar of staff and student collaboration.' (Prof Bob Cryan, 2010). In 2011 we partnered with the Student Union to launch 'Thank You Awards' and are now receiving around 800 nominations annually.
My teaching practice has been recognised in the publication of two journal articles. 'Developing a service user facilitated, interactive case study - A reflective and evaluative account of a teaching method', and 'The Power of Stories: Using Narrative for Interdisciplinary Learning in Health and Social Care.'