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Dr Holly Smith
Room 701a
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6525
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  • Lecturer in Higher Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
My PhD in Education explored teacher thinking using a variety of research methods including repertory grid techniques. I subsequently held posts as a Lecturer in Psychology in UK universities teaching social psychology, gender, history of psychology, social constructivism, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

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Research Summary
My current research interests in Higher Education include academic practice, the professional development of HE teachers, academic identity, HE policy and e-learning.
Teaching Summary
Changing my focus to Higher Education practice itself, I worked on professional development programmes for academic staff from 1998, initially at Liverpool John Moores University, and The Open University. I also led the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE) at UCL 2002-2011 which developed an enquiry-based approach to professional development for academics, emphasising the research teaching relationship, disciplinary, equality, diversity and educational values and the theorising of learning, teaching and assessment by participants.
Academic Background
1998   Doctor of Philosophy University of Leicester
1997   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Liverpool John Moores University
1993   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Leicester
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