Gillian completed her doctoral thesis in 2017. She specialises in student experience in HE, specifically how teaching and learning impact upon concepts of being and becoming in an academic environment. Her thesis was titled ‘Navigating learning during the first year at university for direct entry Physical Education students’ examining the interplay between cognitive, affective and social demands on students and how this affects perceptions of ‘self’. Findings identified tensions between ontological and epistemological pedagogic approaches that have been used to inform practice.
Her research interests include education practitioner, applied pedagogic research and transition throughout HE. Recent research includes a book chapter addressing coaching and teaching LGBT youth.
Gillian is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader (CL) for the BA (Hons) Physical Education degree. As CL she has been instrumental in the design and development of a programme of study that reflects the broad scope of PE and responds to changes in terms of subject knowledge, national priorities and that has good alignment and coherence with the national subject benchmarks set out in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Gillian leads a team of staff responsible for the planning, delivery and assessment of modules, using research and institutional mechanisms to ensure high quality teaching and learning, and a positive student experience.
Gillian contributes to the strategic development of the Sport Division and holds lead responsibility for Subject-level TEF, Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing, and has been a member of the ‘School Academic Scrutiny Committee’ overseeing programme validations, partnership and PSRB developments, and module specifications as part of the Quality Assurance process.
Gillian co-ordinates and teaches on a range of theory and practical modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, predominantly for BA (Hons) PE, BA (Hons) PE with Qualified Teacher Status, and PGCE PE / Dance degree courses, for whom she also conducts placement visits. Gillian is an academic tutor for undergraduates across all years of study and supervises final year dissertations
Approach to teaching
Gillian is committed to the provision of high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all HE students, and for those following vocational pathways into formal and informal education settings includes the development of pedagogic practice that enables [our] students to enhance the learning of others.
Gillian is particularly interested in how reflective practice can be used to enhance the personal and professional development of students, specifically through critical incident analysis. Her teaching in HE takes a student-centred approach that prioritises connectedness that supports students in understanding and the and application of theoretical and practical knowledge in diverse ways, contexts and for separate purposes.
Prior to employment at the University of Brighton, Gillian gained 18-years’ experience working in secondary education as a PE teacher, Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher. Gillian’s background provides genuine insight and expertise into the realities of teaching that help to inform practitioner development at university, from the application of inclusive and differentiated pedagogies in the classroom to the challenges of school improvement and change management at a whole school level.
Gillian is particularly interested in supervising Master and Doctorate students in the following areas:
- Student experience of learning and teaching in HE.
- Pedagogic approaches in Physical Education.
- Practitioner professional development through research.
- Studies which adopt an ‘Interpretive phenomenological analysis’ (IPA) methodology.
Gillian is currently supervising Bhamini Joggesser [Stage 1] Professional Doctorate in Education [Mauritius Institute of Education]. Working title, ‘An investigation into the perception of in-service physical education trainee educators towards integrating critical thinking in the teaching and learning of physical education modules. A Case Study’.
PhD, University of Brighton
Master, University of Sussex
Bachelor, University of Brighton