Dr Pauline Armsby
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I began work at the University of Westminster (UoW) in January 2010 researching pedagogy in Higher Education. I am currently Director of Research at Westminster Exchange (WEx), an academic group that leads innovation in learning, teaching and pedagogic research. I am also Head of the Higher Education Research Centre (HERC), a UoW-wide Higher Education focused research group that supports learning and teaching related research activity. Previously, I worked for 13 years at Middlesex University's Institute for Work Based Learning, latterly as the Director of Masters/Doctorate in Professional Studies Programmes which operated as distance provision locally, internationally and with collaborative partners. Prior to this I worked as a Research Fellow on interdisciplinary projects and as a Lecturer in Adult, Further and Higher Education.
My expertise is in work based learning and professional doctorates. I have extensive experience of working with employers to accredit their development activities and progress their staff through programmes of work based learning from undergraduate to doctoral level. With a background in education and psychology I have interest and experience in the psychology of coaching, especially in relation to high level learning in doctorate education. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Psychology Practice Supervisor: Teaching and Research
I led the design and validation, and now lead the Doctorate in Professional Studies (Negotiated Education related title) programme. As an experienced doctoral supervisor and examiner, including for doctorate by public works I lead the Supervising Student Research module, a stand alone CPD module for doctoral supervisors which contributes to the Graduate School's supervisory training programme, and is also part of the MA Higher Education programme. Other teaching supports research and development design and implementation, for example on the Planning a Practitioner Research and Development module on the DProf programme. I also supervise and examine PhD students. I have taught in Adult, Further and Higher Education, a range of subjects including personal and professional development, psychology and work based learning studies from undergraduate to doctorate level. I have led a range of staff development programmes including facilitating learning/'supervising' on professional doctorates and developing work based learning in the curriculum. I have interest in a range of pedagogic approaches often connected to work based learning, such as the accreditation of prior experiential learning, learning agreements, coaching, mentoring and action learning.
Recent research projects managed focus on developing and evaluating doctoral level provision. In particular, my research interests are in work based learning and professional doctorates, and their epistemologies and methodologies. Much used pedagogic devices in work based learning programmes such as the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL), learning agreements and research and development projects are also of research interest, as is the use of elearning to facilitate work based learners, and coaching and mentoring in the process of facilitating high level learning. As lead for the Higher Education Research Group I help manage pan university interdisciplinary pedagogic research projects. knowledge.
I have recently undertaken consultancy in relation to work based learning and professional doctorates through the Higher Education Academy and internationally, for example, in Sweden and Turkey.
I currently supervise students on the Doctorate in Professional Studies (Negotiated Education related title) and on the Doctor of Philosophy (Phd). I have previously supervised more than 20 doctoral candidates to successful completion, including some by public works.
- My current other research related activity includes: Member of the SEEC Executive Committee and Co-Chair of their APEL Network 2012
- Member of the Steering Group for the International Association of Professional and Practice Led Research Doctorates.
- Membership of the UK Council for Graduate Education/Middlesex University International Conference on Professional Doctorates conference series organising committee.
Professional Body Membership
- Chartered Psychologist. C.Psychol. British Psychological Society 2005-
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society 2012-
- Graduate member of the British Psychological Society 1984-
- Member of the Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology 1998-
- Member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology 2004-
- British Psychological Society Registered Psychology Practice Supervisor: Teaching and Research 2012-