Welcome from SCELT Lead: Professor Jacqueline Leigh

Professor Jacqueline Leigh

Salford Community for Excellence in L&T vision and purpose is to foster an institution-wide ethos for research-informed and innovative L&T practice. We hope to inspire the academic community and cultivate excellence. The focus of our work during the next academic year will be leading the SCELT Scholarship scheme.

We are clear that learning and teaching (L&T) and educational research must be a valued, integral and inspiring part of the University of Salford’s landscape, feeding into our Academic Career Framework and influencing other L&T related groups and structures.

This work is championed by Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience and will operationalise the Pedagogic Research Centre identified in the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2017-2027.

Who we are

May I take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Dr Jacqueline (Jackie) Leigh and I am a Professor of Nurse Education Practice in the School Health & Society here at Salford. I am a National Teaching Fellow (2017) and Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (Advance HE, 2017). An adult nurse by profession, I am leading an Advisory Group to implement the Salford Community for Excellence in L&T.

Dr Sian Etherington

I am Dr Siân Etherington. I am an Academic Developer at the university, I’m joint programme lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and work with staff across the university to develop their excellence in teaching . Prior to taking up this role I was a lecturer in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) in Salford for many years.

I have been closely involved in teacher development for all my working career, leading CPD groups and professional bodies at local, national and international contexts. My research focuses on the psychology of teaching and learning, particularly the role of emotion in these processes. I am very pleased to hold the role of co-chair of SCELT, working with a wonderful group of colleagues within the university to develop research-informed teaching and build a strong community of excellent practice.

The Salford Community for Excellence in L&T Advisory Group consists of academics with a proven track record in education, educational research and innovative L&T practice, as well as professional colleagues involved in developing educational excellence.

Also central to our SCELT community are our scholarship recipients who are actively creating, delivering and championing excellence in learning and teaching for our students.

“An exciting time”

This is an exciting time for us as an advisory group. We are all passionate about supporting and inspiring developing educators and educational researchers. We will be facilitating change through action, and advising on university strategy and policy. You can find information about each advisory group member by clicking on their individual biography.

The advisory group are already visible and active within the governance structures of the university such as Senate, Student Experience, Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Committee (SELTEC), Associate Dean Academic Forum, Workplace Inclusion Committee, and Student Voice Committee.

We are in the process of building this website but you can still engage by posting comments on the “share your practice page” or follow us on twitter: @exedsalford

Best wishes

Jackie