As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Kathy is responsible for delivering the University's Strategic Plan for Education. Kathy oversees all aspects of UG and PGT education, sits on the University's Executive Board and is Chair of the University Education Committee. Kathy is also academic lead for the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi). This new institute has been designed to support the career-long development of our academic staff in learning and teaching, encourage innovation, and share good practice internally and externally.
Kathy trained and worked as a teacher in schools before moving into higher education. She gained a Master's degree from the Institute of Education in London in 1986, and a PhD in Education from the University of Southampton in 1993. In 1985, Kathy was appointed to Brunel University as a lecturer in teacher training. She moved to a senior lectureship in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in 1999, and gained her Chair in 2008. Kathy joined the University of Birmingham in 2010, became Head of the newly created School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2012, and was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) in 2016.
Kathy's research is in education and career-long professional learning, and she is particularly interested in bridging the gaps between theory/research and practice. In her most recent books, she has developed a new translational mechanism - 'pedagogical cases' - to support practitioner learning. She was a REF2014 panellist, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (USA) and, in 2016, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Orebro University, Sweden for pedagogy research and leadership.