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.

Consultancy

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.

Research Students

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.

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-

2017

The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals (2017)
Armsby, P., Costley, C. and Cranfield, S. 2017. The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals. Studies in Higher Education.
The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals (2017)
Armsby, P., Cranfield, S. and Costley, C. 2017. The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals. Studies in Higher Education.

2013

Developing professional learning and identity through the recognition of experiential learning at doctoral level (2013)
Armsby, P. 2013. Developing professional learning and identity through the recognition of experiential learning at doctoral level. International Journal of Lifelong Education. 32 (4), pp. 412-429.

2012

Accreditation of experiential learning at doctoral level (2012)
Armsby, P. 2012. Accreditation of experiential learning at doctoral level. Journal of Workplace Learning. 24 (2), pp. 133-150.

2011

Recognition is deserved, qualifications are merited. Where does that leave fairness in accreditation? (2011)
Gibbs, P. and Armsby, P. 2011. Recognition is deserved, qualifications are merited. Where does that leave fairness in accreditation? European Journal of Education. 46 (3), pp. 388-396.
CETL for work based learning: enhancing innovation and creativity in teaching and learning (2011)
Workman, B., Armsby, P., Durrant, A. and Frame, P. 2011. CETL for work based learning: enhancing innovation and creativity in teaching and learning. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 1 (3), pp. 273-288.

2010

Higher education quality and work-based learning: two concepts not yet fully integrated (2010)
Gibbs, P. and Armsby, P. 2010. Higher education quality and work-based learning: two concepts not yet fully integrated. Quality in Higher Education. 16 (2), pp. 185-187.

2016

Stakeholders and the Design of Doctoral Curricula for Practicing Professionals. (2016)
Armsby, P., Costely, C., Cranfield, S. and Costley, C. 2016. Stakeholders and the Design of Doctoral Curricula for Practicing Professionals. Fifth International Conference on Professional Doctorates. Belfast 16 Mar 2016 UK Council for Graduate Education.
Insider Research and Impact on an Institution (University). (2016)
Armsby, P. 2016. Insider Research and Impact on an Institution (University). Fifth International Conference on Professional Doctorates. Titanic, Belfast 15 to end of 16 Mar 2016 UK Council for Graduate Education.

2015

The Future of Knowledge Generation (2015)
2015. The Future of Knowledge Generation. Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Conference. Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales 10 Dec 2015
Issues in the design of professional doctorate curricula (2015)
Armsby, P., Costley, C. and Cranfield, S. 2015. Issues in the design of professional doctorate curricula. International Conference on Doctoral Education: Promises and Doubts. Orlando, Florida 24 Mar 2015
Challenges and Opportunities in Research Supervision – from International Research Students’ Perspectives (2015)
Wang, Y., Cranfield, S., Armsby, P. and Hiew, A. 2015. Challenges and Opportunities in Research Supervision – from International Research Students’ Perspectives. 14th Westminster Learning & Teaching Symposium. University of Westminster 25 Jun 2015

2012

The accreditation of prior learning in professional doctorate curricula (2012)
Armsby, P. 2012. The accreditation of prior learning in professional doctorate curricula. 3rd International Conference on Professional Doctorates. Florence, Italy. 2 - 3 April 2012

2011

Where to next? The shape of doctorates for now and the future (2011)
Malloch, M., Armsby, P., Clarke, C., Evans, T. and Sorenson, J. 2011. Where to next? The shape of doctorates for now and the future. Second International Conference on Professional Doctorates. John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh 20-21 April 2011
Designing professional doctorate curricula: the case of Higher Education practitioners (2011)
Armsby, P. 2011. Designing professional doctorate curricula: the case of Higher Education practitioners. 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning. Shanghai, China 4-7 December 2011

2009

Developing the coach: using work based learning masters and doctorate programmes to facilitate coaches learning (2009)
Armsby, P. and Fillery-Travis, A. 2009. Developing the coach: using work based learning masters and doctorate programmes to facilitate coaches learning. UALL Work Based Learning Network Annual Conference: the Impact of Work Based Learning for the Learner. University of the West of England 13 - 14 Jul 2009
Issues in the Design of Professional Doctorate Curricula ()
Armsby, P., Cranfield, S. and Carol Costley Issues in the Design of Professional Doctorate Curricula. WBS Annual Research Conference. University of Westminster 10 Sep 2015

2016

Work-related and professional learning in the curriculum (2016)
Coldham, S. and Armsby, P. 2016. Work-related and professional learning in the curriculum. in: Pokorny, H. and Warren, D. (ed.) Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education London Sage. pp. 186-205

2015

Recognising and Accrediting Prior and Experiential Learning (2015)
Armsby, P. and Helyer, R. 2015. Recognising and Accrediting Prior and Experiential Learning. in: Helyer, R. (ed.) Facilitating Work Based Learning London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 94-113

2011

Towards a metric for measuring the value of professional doctorates (2011)
Armsby, P. and Dreher, M. 2011. Towards a metric for measuring the value of professional doctorates. in: Fell, A., Flint, K. and Haines, I. (ed.) Professional Doctorates in the UK 2011 Lichfield UK Council for Graduate Education.

2009

Developing work based learning at doctoral level (2009)
Armsby, P. and Costley, C. 2009. Developing work based learning at doctoral level. in: Garnett, J., Costley, C. and Workman, B. (ed.) Work based learning: journeys to the core of higher education London Middlesex University Press. pp. 102-117

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