Claire Bradshaw

Claire Bradshaw has 31 years’ of experience in teaching and academic management, directing teaching and learning, programme and curricular development and income generation. She has worked at London Met since 2001 and has had a variety of roles. Since 2013 she has helped develop foundation year programmes for home students and ran a project which offered academic support and module development to both students and staff. In 2018 she took over the role of Head of Education, which involves the day to day management of three-course units. The courses in this area range from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees and teacher training. They also include access courses such as the foundation programmes and English for academic purposes.

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Claire Bradshaw

Since 2013 she has helped develop foundation year programmes for home students and ran a project working to offer academic support and module development with both students and staff. In 2018 she took over the role of Head of Education which involves the day to day management of three-course units. The courses in this area range from undergraduate to postgraduate levels and include access courses such as the foundation programmes and English for academic purposes.

She started by setting up a suite of Academic English Language programmes to help give access to degree courses for International and EU students. Alongside this, she worked closely with the International Office and travelled extensively to visit the University's partners and recruit students from China, Cuba, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand.

A fluent Spanish speaker after graduating from Warwick, Claire spent nine years living & teaching abroad in Spain. After returning to the United Kingdom she first managed the English Language unit at Regent's University for four years before moving to London Met. Her pedagogic interests are in learning and teaching development, the impact of having English as a second language on students, curricular development, embedding academic support, improving retention progression and achievement and investigating the reasons and strategies behind student success.

Presentations given, pedagogic interests, research and scholarly activity

  • 2018 Attended ‘Critical Perspectives on Transitions Into, Through and Beyond Higher Education’ Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) and the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) at the University of Sussex
  • 2018 Dissertation MA Learning & Teaching in HE Ingredients of Extended Degree pedagogy which help Foundation students develop academic literacy and identity - a critical analysis of practice Distinction and prize awarded for the dissertation
  • 2018 Foundation Year Network conference University of Nottingham Presentation given: An inclusive approach to student development
  • 2018 London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference Presentation given: An inclusive approach to student development
  • 2017 Foundation Year Network Conference - University of Warwick Presentation given: Reflections on moving from a broad social sciences and humanities foundation year to subject-specific pathways
  • 2017 London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference Presentation given: Reflections on moving from a broad social sciences and humanities foundation year to subject-specific pathways
  • 2016 MA Teaching and Learning Negotiated Study module - Distinction Exploration of the implications of English Language proficiency for learning, teaching and overall performance on the foundation year of Extended Degree
  • 2016 ALDinHE Edinburgh, March Presentation given: How students and academics can work together to provide academic support respective peers, to improve student retention and outcomes
  • 2015 London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference Presentation given: Study Wise: Embedding academic skills for Student Success CAIPAS team / Donna Dustin & Greg Ryan (Social Work)
  • 2014 London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference Presentation given: Take Five: five-minute teaching tips for time-poor staff.  Take Five is part of a renewed emphasis on collegiality and emancipatory, creative and engagement practice at London Met.
  • 2013 Dissertation MA Management An exploratory study of conflict in staff teams and how it is managed in HE Distinction and prize awarded for the dissertation
  • 2012 Project for MA Management Recognising and understanding the ELS student experience as a customer
    Use of Social networking sites, focus groups, student feedback and research of ELS students experience & expectations of English Language Programmes at London Metropolitan University, using the Customer GAPS model
  • 2004 Universidad 2004, Havana, Cuba Presentation given: How decisions made by EFL teachers on cultural and linguistic differences in the EFL classroom can be transferred to a Higher Education learning environment Cultural differences in the classroom and learning process
  • May 2004 ILTHE Conference on Cultural Inclusivity London Metropolitan University Presentation given: International students and their adjustment to the UK learning environment On-going development of ELS programmes to take advantage of the cultural diversity
  • 2003 European Association for International Education /SAFSA – Barcelona, Spain Training course: Internationalisation of the Institution - Cross-cultural Communication Training course & Managing intercultural relations in higher education

Claire Bradshaw
​BA Hons, RSA Cert and Diploma TEFLA, MA Management, FHEA, MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Head of Education
E: c.bradshaw@gmail.com