Dionne Barton MA Ed, BEd (Hons)

Dionne Barton

Educational Developer (Beacon Lead)

Contact details

Higher Education Futures Institute
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I lead the Beacon HEA Professional Recognition Scheme; I am a mentor and assessor for the scheme. I teach across a number of programmes including the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. I am co-leading an Educational Enhancement Fund project which is focused on Personal Academic Tutoring and supporting staff to develop their expertise in Personal Academic Tutoring.

I am passionate about developing and supporting teaching and learning practice that enhances the quality of the staff and student learning experience. My areas of particular interest are: problem based learning, inclusive teaching and learning and personal tutoring.  I have a liaison role with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA.


Doctoral Researcher in Education (2018 – current) Open University
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)
MA in Education (2015): University of Derby
BEd (Hons) in Primary Education (2004): University of Derby


I have been teaching for over 7 years in higher education having previously been a Primary School teacher. I was an Academic Development Partner at De Montfort University for 2 years leading the HEA professional recognition scheme and Personal Tutor development and training.  Before that I was a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Derby leading the BEd (Hons) Primary Education programme. I joined the University of Birmingham in June 2018.