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Mrs Elaine Sharpling BEd, MA, Senior Fellow

Academic Director of Teacher Education

E-mail: elaine.sharpling@uwtsd.ac.uk

  • Build a team – dialogue with staff and through chairing staff/student committees
  • Set the strategic direction and the enactment of the accredited programmes
  • Achieve the key performance indicators of the university and the APLP
  • Deploy resources in an effective and equitable way to create an enabling culture
  • Manage the budget
  • Ensure that self-evaluation processes enable programme development/opportunity and progression
  • Engage with external activity that raises the profile of the APLP (Education Workforce Council, Welsh Government, ESTYN, UCET & USCET, Teacher Education Advancement Network, and international opportunities)
  • First responder to national initiatives and focus groups/fora

I am the Academic Director of Teacher Education in the Athrofa, UWTSD and lead a high-quality team in delivering a new suite of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Following a career change from nursing, I trained as a primary teacher before moving into the Higher Education sector at the University of Birmingham. After successfully teaching on the PGCE, I moved into an assistant director role with a school-based provider who particularly wanted to address the under-recruitment of teachers in the inner city. It was in this role that I developed a comprehensive understanding of the need to work in collaborative partnerships to bring about lasting change.

A move to Wales bought opportunities with UWTSD and I was appointed as Director in 2017. I am now responsible for a portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of ITE and the PCET programme.

  • Chartered College for Teaching
  • Teacher Education Advancement Network ( Editorial Board)
  • University and Schools Council for the Education of Teachers (Cymru) Chair
  • International Education Assessment Network (IEAN)

Recently, I have worked with colleagues on the CAMAU project, a collaborative research project between UWTSD, the University of Glasgow and Welsh Government. One of the project’s aims was to support curriculum development advocated in Successful Futures and I worked with the Language, Literacy and Communication group of pioneer schools. Seeing the work come to fruition in February 2020 was an important achievement and CAMAU has now moved to its publication phase.

An evolving interest is the impact of policy on teacher education and the place of the university teacher educator. This led to her participation in the UCET Intellectual Knowledge Base for Teacher Education group and a contribution to the recently published position paper outlining the principles of university-based teacher education.

I have taught across the range of modules on the under-graduate and post-graduate programmes and have a particular interest in teaching language and literacy.

Over the past 3 years, I have also supervised a number of Masters students at dissertation stage and have particularly enjoyed the diversity that this work offers.

My research interest is in language development, linguistics and measuring quality in ITE programmes. In 2019, I co-presented a keynote at the UCET National conference on educational reform in Wales, had an article accepted for the Welsh Journal of Education and was due to present at the TEAN conference in May. I have also published blogs on the Athrofa website.

University of Glasgow & University Wales Trinity Saint David: Camau Final Report October 2020