Education-focused Careers Forum Webinar

Registration opening soon!


Please join us for a webinar on education-focused careers in HE on Wednesday 21 September at 4.30pm.


This event is for everyone who is forging a career path with a focus on education including specifically education-focused roles and contracts but also anyone who might seek promotion on a teaching case or aims to make a difference in an educational role. We have four speakers from a variety of career stages in education-focused roles who will reflect on their career trajectories to date. We will also have chance to discuss and seek your views on what the TLN can do to support successful educational careers in our discipline.


The speakers will be:

Professor John Craig

John is Pro Vice Chancellor for Education at Kingston University. As a Politics academic, his career has been focused on teaching and learning research and development. In 2009 he was the first person to be awarded a University Teaching Fellowship (readership equivalent) at the University of Huddersfield and was made a professor on joining Leeds Beckett in 2015. While working at the HEA, he was involved in work on teaching promotion routes and has acted as an external assessor for teaching-route promotion applications at a range of universities.


Dr Cathy Elliott

Cathy is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at UCL, Vice-Dean (Education) of UCL's Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences and a co-Director of the UCL Centre for the Pedagogy of Politics, as well as co-Convenor of the PSA TLN. She was among the first to work in a permanent teaching-focused role at UCL and be promoted on the newly established teaching track. She is particularly interested in promoting pedagogical research as a central element of reflective teaching practice. She has worked with in partnership with students to promote inclusive and egalitarian education.


Dr Rose Gann

Rose is an Associate Professor of Politics on the teaching and scholarship track and Head of Department of Social and Political Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. She has over 25 years’ experience of undertaking teaching, scholarship, and senior academic leadership roles in several Higher Education Institutions. Her scholarly activities include leading multi-institutional scholarly projects on the study of politics and internationalising the curriculum; working on government advisory boards (OfQual/QAA) on A Level Politics curriculum reform and Politics and International Relations subject benchmark statement review; and chairing the PSA’s teaching and learning committee, whilst an elected trustee. She is currently on sabbatical leave working on national, institutional, as well as personal scholarship projects. 


Dr Ellen Watts

Ellen is a new Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, on their Teaching and Curriculum Leadership pathway. She received her PhD in Political Communication from Royal Holloway in 2019, where she was a Teaching Fellow for one year following submission and completed a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in HE. Following this she was a Fellow in the Methodology Department at LSE for three years, teaching qualitative methods to students across Departments.