Dionne Barton MA Ed, BEd, SFHEA

Dionne Barton

Principal Educational Developer (Beacon lead and lead for Personal Academic Tutoring)

Contact details

Higher Education Futures Institute
Top Floor, Old Gym
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I lead the Beacon HEA Professional Recognition Scheme; I am a mentor and assessor for the scheme. I am the lead for Personal Academic Tutoring, supporting staff to develop their expertise in Personal Academic Tutoring. I teach across a number of programmes including the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

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 and a Recognised Senior Advisor of UKAT.


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.