Professorial lecture explores how innovative University provision can meet the needs of seasoned practitioners seeking to move into their next stage of development.


10.05.2022

Professor Annette Fillery-Travis will deliver the next professorial lecture  ‘Making the Familiar Strange – exploring a pedagogy for epistemic practitioners’ on Wednesday, 25 May at 4pm.

 Professorial lecture explores how innovative University provision can meet the needs of seasoned practitioners seeking to move into their next stage of development.

The event is part of  a series of monthly lectures to be delivered by the University’s academic staff who have received professorial titles.

Professor Fillery-Travis will explore how innovative University provision can meet the needs of seasoned practitioners seeking to move into their next stage of development.

Professor Fillery-Travis was the Head of the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research until she helped develop the University’s innovative Doctoral College where she is now Director. She said:

“In this lecture, I want to explore the role of HEIs in the working life of professionals within their organisations.  Do we seek to add to an individual’s ability to act within the confines of their current perspective on work, life and society or do we seek to enable our students to explore more complex, ambiguous and uncertain perspectives?

The innovation and development environment of organisations has changed considerably in recent decades, and this presents significant challenges to leaders and knowledge workers as they seek to flourish and contribute effectively. Recent future research suggests those currently entering the job market will typically experience twelve career changes during their working life (Ehlers, 2020). Such flexibility requires a high level of learning agility. Higher education credentials can no longer be identified as simply a requirement for selection at the start of a chosen career. They will need to be updated and diversified throughout an individual’s career. However, the form and function of this development cannot follow the conventional ‘horizontal development route’ of increasing the knowledge and skills required to do the job but must instead address the ‘vertical development’ route of increasing the attitude, cognitive agility, and awareness to function at increasing levels of complexity and authority.”

Professor Fillery-Travis is a senior coach educator, researcher and author. After a successful career as a research scientist where she was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chair of the UK Food Group and author of over 50 academic papers she developed a profound interest in the development of professionals after exploring her own professional development needs. She began a second career as a coach, educator and tutor with the Professional Development Foundation where she became the CEO designing leadership programmes for public sector managers and school leaders, and manager-coach training programmes across a range of sectors.

Following a sabbatical at the University of Manchester in 2008 developing professional and coaching programmes for Headteachers she was asked to join Middlesex University as Head of the faculty for the Doctorate in Professional Studies. During her time at MDX she supervised over twenty coaching doctorates and led the Work and Learning Research Group where she worked as a consultant to a range of Fortune 500 organisations including Nationwide US across a range of sectors.

As principal investigator for an EU funded pan-European project on the Modern Doctorate, she became a noted expert in the field of professional (modern) doctorates before joining University of Wales Trinity Saint David as the head of the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research before developing the University’s Doctoral College where she is pursuing her passion for the facilitation of professional development of individuals.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “I am pleased to invite Professor Fillery-Travis to deliver her professorial lecture and congratulate her on achieving the title.  Professor Fillery-Travis is a leading authority on professional and experiential learning who has made an enormous contribution to the University.”

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 25 May 4pm, at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, Carmarthen and online via Microsoft Teams.

This is a free event but guests are asked to book in advance by emailing: Digwyddiadau-Events@uwtsd.ac.uk 

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