Fiona Handley

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I joined the Learning and Teaching Hub (then the Centre for Learning and Teaching) in March 2014. I work on a variety of different projects relating to blended learning, digital literacies and curriculum design. I develop and promote the University of Brighton’s Digital Literacies Framework, and its replacement Digital Fluencies T-Shaped Framework. I wrote the first iteration of the University's Curriculum Design Framework and Guidance documents as well as leading on the staff development to support this project. My research interests in staff student partnership working have developed from my leadership of the Developing Learning Communities initiative (which became the Inclusive Practice Partnership scheme), and lead the Digital Learning Partners staff student partnership initiative. I led the development of the University's pedagogic response to the pandemic, Digitally Enabled Learning (DEL), and associated staff development. I have research interests in XR (virtual and augmented reality) in education and lead a collaborative futures project looking into Virtual Reality and Higher Education in 2035, funded by AdvanceHE. 

Before working at the University of Brighton I was a Quality Enhancement Officer at Solent University where I worked on a variety of University wide projects, and at the University of Winchester’s Learning and Teaching Development Unit, where I worked on various Research Informed Teaching projects, and was Course Leader for their PGCLTHE. Previously I was a Teaching Fellow and AHRC Research Fellow at the University of Southampton.

My academic background is in archaeology and heritage studies. I studied at the University of Southampton and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL where I completed my Masters and PhD. I have held various teaching and research positions relating to these in the UK and USA, as well working as a museums and heritage consultant, where I specialized in exhibition interpretation planning.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in issues to do with digital capabilities and curriculum design, especially the interface between pedagogy, quality assurance, governance and technological issues. At the moment I’m undertaking research into student technology ambassadors, virtual reality, and the use of technology in learning and teaching practices. I continue to research and publish in my subject area of heritage and archaeology.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Legacies of Slavery: Presenting the History of American Slavery in the Plantations and Historic Homes of the Southern United States, University College London

Award Date: 1 Jun 2004

Master, University College London

Award Date: 30 Sept 1999

Bachelor, University of Southampton

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998


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