glenda tinney

Dr Glenda Tinney BSc, PGCE, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0) 1267 676605

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Sustainability Champion
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (RPEL officer)
  • Member of HEA Panel#
  • Member of the Faculty of Education and Communities Research Committee
  • Module co-ordinator

I started my career as a biologist at Lancaster University and then moved to teaching in the further education and adult learning sector teaching health, social care and biology based courses.

In 2002, I combined my interest in wellbeing, outdoor learning and sustainability when I was appointed a lecturer at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes linked to environmental awareness, conservation and sustainable development.

In, 2007 I was appointed within the School of Early Childhood where I have been able to link my interest in sustainability and wellbeing with young children’s experiences of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) in Wales. I have a level 3 Forest School Leader qualification which supports my work with children and adults in the outdoors. 


  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
  • Plant yng Nghymru (Children in Wales)
  • Early Years Special Interest  Group

My academic interests include exploring research methods, outdoor learning, learning in nature, sustainability and global citizenship and science concepts in early childhood.

I teach on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses including subjects such  as :

  • Research for Learning.
  • Outdoor Learning in Early Childhood.
  • Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in the Early Years.
  • Inclusion and Early Childhood.
  • Media, Wellbeing and Childhood.
  • Leadership and Team Building in Early Childhood Settings.
  • Literate Environments
  • Postgraduate research dissertations

I continue to develop my research interests in the field of sustainability and young children. I also have a responsibility for Admissions within the School of Early Childhood and this has supported my research interests in widening access and developing robust methods for attracting non-traditional students from different communities into higher education. This also includes exploring student attitudes to Welsh medium provision. In recent years I have also been exploring research interest in early reading programmes in the context of shared reading with young children and families.

  • Outdoor learning and learning in nature.
  • Sustainability and global citizenship.
  • Research methods and techniques and their application in early childhood.
  • Science concepts in early education.
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader.

I have been involved in delivering training to external groups including:

  • Wellbeing in the early years workshops.
  • Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in the early years .
  • Outdoor learning in the early years.
  • Creative thinking in the early years.
  • •Involved in delivering Welsh Government UNCRC in the child care sector training across Wales.

Merriman, E., Rekers-Power, A., Tinney, G. and MacGarry, A. (June 2014). An Evaluation of the Eco-Schools Programme in Wales. Report commissioned by Natural Resources Wales, produced by a team of researchers led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Tinney , G. and Hirst, N. (2018) in 'Chapter 4 Early Childhood Education for Sustainability within Wales' Boyd, D. and Hirst, N. (eds) Understanding Sustainability in Early Childhood Education: Case Studies and Approaches from Across the UK. London: Routledge.

Tinney, G. and Gealy, G. (2017) Reflecting the opportunities and challenges of flexible provision in early years’ education and care in higher education training Nexus Conference, UWTSD, May 5th, 2017.

Tinney, G. Raising Awareness and Linking ESDGC with Early Years. Harmony Conference March 3rd, 2017.

Tinney, G. Darby, P. and Saer, S. (2017) Developing a fast track flexible programme for students working in the early years education and care sector. HEA Annual Conference, Manchester, July 4th , 2017.

Welton, N., Saer, S. and Tinney, G (2017) Evaluation of UNCRC training. BERA Conference

University of Sussex, Brighton, September 2017.

Tinney, G. , Davies, G., Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2016) A qualitative evaluation of Superbox 2015 in terms of delivering key Superbox outcomes. This report was commissioned by BookTrust Cymru as part of the Bookstart Dechrau Da programme. Bookstart is funded in Wales by the Welsh Government.

Tinney, G. (2015) Early Years Education and ESDGC- two sides of the same coin? Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship’ (ESDGC) conference at Swansea Business School 2nd of June 2015.

Tinney, G. and Merriman, E. (2016) Education for sustainability and the early years- different sides of the same coin?  Wales NEXUS Conference, March 23rd, 2016, UWTSD, Carmarthen.

Tinney, G and Gealy, A (2015) ‘Developing flexible learning degree programmes for early childhood practitioners: using students’ perceptions to inform programme development and promote widening access’,Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Vol. 9, No. 1, Special Issue - Future Directions Wales Conference, January 2015 pp.100-118

Tinney, G. And Gealy, A. (2014) ‘Exploring the experiences and perceptions of students accessing a flexible learning degree programme and the impact on widening access, continuing professional development and up-skilling the early childhood workforce’, International Conference: A Child's World – Next Steps Aberystwyth University,25-27th June 2014.

Tinney, G and Gealy, A. (2014) ‘Flexible learning for the early childhood sector. Developing flexible learning higher education for those already working with young children and families’, HEA Wales Futures Directions, Aberystwyth University, April 2nd-3rd 2014.  

Grist, C. and Tinney G (2007). Looking In and Reaching Out A research project to identify ways forward to increase access to education and early years education for BME communities in south west Wales. Conducted for School of Early Years Education and School of Education Studies and Social Inclusion

Key Findings accessible at:

Full report accessible at:,,full%20report.pdf

Tinney, G.W. (2011) Time Travelling Caerfyrddin: Peniarth UWTSD. ISBN: 978-1-908395-38-2

Tinney G.W. Nature’s Sounds (2011) Caerfyrddin: Peniarth UWTSD. ISBN: 978-1-908395-32-0 

Tinney G.W. (2011) What is that Sound? Caerfyrddin: Peniarth UWTSD. ISBN: 978-1-908395-10-8

Tinney G.W. (2011) Teithio Trwy Amser Caerfyrddin: Peniarth UWTSD. ISBN: 978-1-908395-37-5 

Tinney, G.W. (2011) Beth yw’r sŵn yna? Caerfyrddin: Peniarth UWTSD. ISBN 978-1-908395-12-2

Tinney, G.W. (2011) Seiniau Natur Caerfyrddin: Peniarth UWTSD. ISBN 978-1-908395-31-3

Tinney, G.W. (2010) A all plant ifainc newid y byd? Addysg ar gyfer datblygu cynaliadwy a’r Cyfnod Sylfaen in Siencyn, S. W. (ed) Y Cyfnod Sylfaen: Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer. Caerfyrddin:  Cyhoeddiadau Prifysgol Y Drindod Dewi Sant. 

Tinney , G. and Emanuel, L.(2008)  Learners in the Landscape, Youth and Outdoor Education: What are we doing? What should we be doing? European Seminar Proceedings for 8th European Seminar of the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning, 2008. 

Trinity College Carmarthen, Leonard Cheshire International Hidden Dragon- Carmarthenshire Social Enterprises (2007) Report investigating the feasibility of developing a Centre for Inclusive Living (CIL) in Carmarthenshire. Trinity College: Carmarthen.

  • Book Trust Superbox evaluation grant - £5000
  • JIGSO evaluation- £5000
  • Book Trust Wales panel member.