Professor Lucy Spowart
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Professor Lucy Spowart

Professor of Educational Enhancement

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Professor Lucy Spowart can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Clinical education
  • Qualitative research
  • Online teaching
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Creative analytical practices
Biography

Biography

I currently lead both the Masters and PGCert in Clinical Education (online and face-to-face pathways) and have worked in the higher education (HE) sector in a variety of roles since 1995. 

After graduating and teaching in secondary schools and in an FE College, I began my HE career as a lecturer in physical education and sport development/sport management. I previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Perth, and at the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, where I gained a significant amount of experience in work-based learning and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment. I took a 3 year break from work in 2007-2010 to complete my PhD at Otago University, New Zealand with a full scholarship to do so. I combined my interests in motherhood, sport participation and qualitative methodologies to undertake a qualitative study of snowboarding mothers who were travelling winter to winter to snowboard and compete whilst also juggling childcare.

In 2012 I initiated, developed and championed the professional recognition scheme (The Teaching Development Framework) at Plymouth and advised other institutions on establishing teaching recognition schemes, promoting participation at every opportunity. I am concerned that the professional recognition process has a direct bearing on learning and teaching, inspiring my ongoing research that focuses on the impact for the sector. More recently, my research interests have focused on the professionalization and enhancement of teaching in higher education and the continuing professional development of the healthcare workforce. My work in this area has had international impact and as a result I was awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2020. In 2021 I appointed as a member of Advance HE’s Expert Advisory Group for Fellowships and accreditation. This group is currently involved in advising Advance HE in advance of their review of the Professional Standards Framework.

I am also committed to promoting the interests of marginalised groups and currently Co-Chair the university’s Women’s Network.

I would be very keen to hear from prospective PhD students who are interested in researching any aspect of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education or within the healthcare workforce. 

 

Qualifications

PhD Sports Sociology (Motherhood and Physical Activity and Health) - Title: 'Snowboarding Mums Carve out Fresh Tracks: Collective Stories from the Mountains of Aotearoa/New Zealand'

MSc Sport Sociology (Distinction). University of Leicester, 2004
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Exeter, 1997.
BA(Hons) Sport and Recreation Studies, Staffordshire University, 1989.


I was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2020 and became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Professional membership

  • Member of the Association of National Teaching Fellows
  • Member of the Association of Medical Education
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education
  • Member of the South West Educational Developers Forum

Roles on external bodies

Member of Advance HE's Expert Advisory Group for Fellowships and Accreditation

Associate Editor Higher Education Research and Development Journal

External Examiner Portsmouth APEX Programme 2020- current

External Examiner Swansea Medical School, Masters in Medical Education 2019- current

Academic Link person for Greenwich School of Management's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice 2014 -16

Senior External panel member for Manchester Metropolitan University's in-house accreditation scheme 2012-2014

External panel member for the inaugural accreditation panel for Aston University's Institutional teaching accreditation scheme for experienced teachers in H.E, 2013.

External panel member for the periodic review of the Masters in Education, Falmouth College of Arts, 2012.

Subject Specialist Reviewer in the area of sport, leisure and hospitality for the Quality Assurance Agency, UK. Five external reviews of Universities and Colleges in the UK conducted (2000-2002).

Key publications

Spowart L & Turner R (2020) 'The alien world of reflective practice: A non-fictional ‘tale’ of academics’ experiences of applying for Senior Fellowship' Innovations in Education and Teaching International 1-10 , DOI Open access
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

My teaching interests and specialisms are:

  • Teacher education
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Authentic Learning
  • Peer Mentoring/Peer Assessment
  • Student Support

PhD students: 

Sally Hanks: Deconstructing, contextualising and assessing management and leadership qualities in dental professionals: an ethnographic study of principles in practice. Completed 2020

External Examining:

2020 Durham University - EdD External examiner


Previous Teaching and Learning Experience

As a Sport Management/Development Lecturer:


Lecturing, practical teaching, small group teaching, supervision (undergraduate to Masters), Study skills, Work-based learning

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner Portsmouth APEX Programme 2020- current

External Examiner Swansea Medical School 2019- current
Senior External panel member for MMU's teaching accreditation scheme 2013-14

Research

Research

Research interests

Recent Awards and Project Involvement

  • 2021 Principal Investigator 'Exploring the impact of Principal Fellowship on the individual and the institutional enhancement of teaching and learning (£15,000)
  • 2020 Principal Investigator Advance HE project: 'Accreditation Impact Evaluation' (£60,000)
  • 2017-19 Principal Investigator 'A cross institutional study examining the impact of Clinical Education Programmes at 4 UK Institutions' (£6500)
  • 2016/17 Principal Investigator on a project entitled: 'A cross-institutional comparison of staff experiences of gaining HEA recognition through in-house Professional Frameworks (£8128)
  • 2015 Principal Investigator on a PedRio funded project entitled: 'Largely invisible: Lone parents’ experiences of Higher Education at Plymouth University' (£8284.10)
  • 2014 Member of the project team on the HEA National Project 'Evaluating teaching development in H.E:towards impact assessment' (£100,000)
  • 2013 Principal Investigator on a project exploring staff engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching in H.E (£6,800)
  • 2011 Steering Group member for Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) COLLABORATE project : working with employers and students to design assessment enhanced by the use of digital technologies (£240,000)
  • 2011 Co-researcher on a collaborative project with the University of Otago exploring the experiences of Postgraduate students involved in a peer mentoring project
  • 2011-12 Principal investigator on a project exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to community engagement within Sports Programmes at the University College St. Mark and St. John.
  • 2010 Research Assistant on a project exploring girls experiences of Physical Education at Secondary Schools in New Zealand 
  • 2008-2010 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship ($40,000NZ)
  • 2007: University of Otago Research Grant for $5000NZ to investigate the newly established Surfing Mums Group in Mount Maunganui and Tauranga using qualitative research methods.
  • 2007-2008 University of Otago Division of Science Award ($7,500NZ)
  • 2006 Successfully wrote a $250,000NZ bid to Sport and Recreation New Zealand to fund the appointment of an ‘Active Schools Co-ordinator’ in the Waitakere region of Auckland.

PhD Supervision:

Co-Supervisor: Sally Hanks: Deconstructing, contextualising and assessing management and leadership qualities in dental professionals: an ethnographic study of principles in practice. Completed 2020


Publications

Publications

Key publications

Spowart L & Turner R (2020) 'The alien world of reflective practice: A non-fictional ‘tale’ of academics’ experiences of applying for Senior Fellowship' Innovations in Education and Teaching International 1-10 , DOI Open access
Reports

Spowart, L., Turner, R., Dismore, H., Beckman, E., Carkett, R., Khamis, T. (2020). Assessing the impact of accreditation on institutions. Advance HE. 

Turner, R., and Spowart, L. (2020). Assessing the impact of accreditation on institutions: Literature Review. Advance HE. 

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Burt, W. & Spowart, L. (2020) Assessing the impact of a new central venous device training programme for nurses: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation study." Journal of Infection Prevention.accepted for publication 10 November 2020

Articles
Kushnir I & Spowart L (2021) 'University teacher development courses in the UK neoliberal higher education context' Education in the North: the journal of Scottish education 28, (2) 164-170 , DOI Open access
Burt W & Spowart L (2021) 'Assessing the impact of a new central venous access device training program for nurses: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation study' Journal of Infection Prevention 22, (4) 166-172 , DOI Open access
Sally H, Cotton D & Spowart L (2020) 'Leadership in Dental Practice: a Three Stage Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis' Journal of Dentistry 103480-103480 , DOI Open access
Spowart L & Turner R (2020) 'The alien world of reflective practice: A non-fictional ‘tale’ of academics’ experiences of applying for Senior Fellowship' Innovations in Education and Teaching International 1-10 , DOI Open access
Spowart L (2019) 'Snowboarding, motherhood and mobility' Annals of Leisure Research 24, (2) 193-208 , DOI Open access
Spowart L, Winter J, Turner R, Burden P, Botham K, Muneer R, van der Sluis H & Huet I (2019) '‘Left with a title but nothing else’: The challenges of embedding professional recognition schemes for teachers within higher education institutions' Higher Education Research and Development , DOI Open access
Spowart L, Winter J, Turner R, Muneer R, McKenna C & Kneale P (2017) 'Evidencing the impact of teaching-related CPD: beyond the ‘Happy Sheets’' International Journal for Academic Development 1-13 , DOI Open access
Winter J, Turner R, Spowart L, Muneer R & Kneale P (2017) 'Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: academic developers’ reflections on using a toolkit resource' Higher Education Research & Development 1503-1514 , DOI Open access
Turner R, Spowart L, Winter J, Muneer R, Harvey C & Kneale P (2016) '‘The lecturer should know what they are talking about’: Student Union Officers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for practice' Innovations in Education and Teaching International 54, (2) , DOI Open access
King N, Van der Touw T, Spowart L & Lawlor C (2016) 'A scoping study investigating student perceptions towards inquiry based learning in the laboratory' European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education Publisher Site Open access
Spowart L, Turner R, Shenton D & Kneale P (2015) '‘But I’ve been teaching for 20 years…’: encouraging teaching accreditation for experienced staff working in higher education' International Journal for Academic Development Author Site , DOI Open access
Spowart L & Nairn K (2014) '(Re)performing emotions in diary-interviews' QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 14, (3) 327-340 Author Site , DOI
Spowart L, Burrows L & Shaw S (2010) '‘I just eat, sleep and dream of surfing’: when surfing meets motherhood' Sport in Society 13, (7-8) 1186-1203 , DOI
Spowart L, Hughson J & Shaw S (2008) 'Snowboarding Mums Carve Out Fresh Tracks: Resisting traditional motherhood discourse?' Annals of Leisure Research 11, (1-2) 187-204 , DOI
Chapters
Spowart L & Turner R (2022) 'Institutional Accreditation and the Professionalisation of Teaching in the HE Sector' Higher Education - New Approaches to Accreditation, Digitalization, and Globalization in the Age of Covid IntechOpen , DOI
Turner R & Spowart L (2022) 'Reflective practice as a threshold concept in the development of pedagogical content knowledge' Developing Expertise for Teaching in Higher Education Routledge 129-141 , DOI
Winter J, Turner R, Spowart L & Kneale P (2018) 'Planning future CPD. What comes next?' Doing a good job well - being recognised as an experienced, professional teacher in HE (SEDA Special 41) Open access
Spowart L & Burrows L (2016) 'Negotiating Moral Terrain: Snowboarding Mothers' Women in Action Sport Cultures Palgrave Macmillan UK 155-174 , DOI
Armour K (2012) 'Research Methods in Physical Education and Youth Sport' Routledge , DOI
Personal

Personal

Conferences organised

2005: Organised and ran a Nationwide Conference for Sport Development staff across New Zealand. Attended by staff from all 17 Regional Sports Trusts.

Additional information

I enjoy triathlon and multisport events. I completed Speights Coast to Coast World Multi-sport event February 2010. I was also a bronze medallist in the World Long Course Triathlon Age-Group Championships, Perth, Australia, 2009. I have completed several Ironman and Long Distance triathlons, and placed third in my age-group at Challenge Wanaka long-distance triathlon, New Zealand 2017. I am also a Level 3 Triathlon Coach and Head Coach at Plymouth Triathlon Club.