Committee

Chair – Ruth Healey
Treasurer – Michael Horswell
Secretary – Harry West
Deputy Secretary – Natalie Tebbett
Events/Research Group Liaison – Jennifer Hill
Events/Research Group Liaison – Heather Barrett
Higher Education in Further Education Liaison – Yvonne Oates
International Liaison – Helen Walkington
Prize co-coordinator – Catherine White
Social Media Liaison – Derek France

Chair – Ruth Healey
Ruth is an Associate Professor in Pedagogy in Higher Education at the University of Chester.  Ruth has taught human geography at the University of Chester since 2009.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2017 became a National Teaching Fellow.  In 2016, she also joined Healey HE Consultants.  Her wide range of pedagogic research interests include teaching for social transformations, debates, ethics, and students as partners.  Ruth is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and is one of the inaugural Co-Editors of the International Journal for Students as Partners.

Treasurer – Michael Horswell
Michael is a senior lecturer in applied GIS and spatial analysis, and Learning and Teaching Fellow at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He teaches GIS across all levels in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, and has keen interest in using innovative assessment strategies combined with reflexive engagement to foster and enhance graduate attribute development. He is interested more broadly in transformative / radical pedagogy, often aligning such approaches with post-graduate teaching in the philosophy of science. Michael is currently completing a Doctorate in Education exploring the professional identities of LGBTQ+ academics in STEM disciplines.

Secretary – Harry West
Harry is a Graduate Tutor at the University of the West of England, Bristol, in the Department of Geography & Environmental Management. A physical geographer by degree, Harry is a GIS specialist supporting the teaching across the provision of the department. Alongside his GIS research, he is an active pedagogic researcher. Harry is a firm believer in the value of staff undertaking teaching/learning/assessment related inquiry, and as a result has been an active member of HERG since 2015. To date Harry’s research has focused on enhancing and embedding graduate attributes, students as partners and researchers, and methods of providing effective and innovative assessment experiences​.

Deputy Secretary – Natalie Tebbett
Natalie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography and Environment at Loughborough University. Her research interests focus on academic mobility and knowledge transfer in higher education teaching and learning. Natalie is currently exploring these themes through her Higher Education Academy Mike Baker doctoral award, examining how migrant academic staff transfer ideas and academic perspectives acquired in non-UK pedagogic environments to students at UK universities.

Events/Research Group Liaison – Jennifer Hill
Jenny is an Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol. A National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow in the UKPSF, Jenny is passionate about teaching, researching and developing curricula and practice in geography and cognate disciplines. Jenny’s educational enquiry focuses on student partnership, the development of graduate attributes, learning spaces, assessment and feedback, and the teaching-research dialectic. Jenny is internationally recognised for her scholarship in higher education pedagogies, having published over 90 journal articles, book chapters and co-edited books. Her Google Scholar h-index is 18 and she has over 1,275 citations. She is currently a member of the International Editorial Boards for Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Higher Education Pedagogies. Jenny has undertaken a number of national education enhancement roles including serving on the QAA Review Panel for the Geography Subject Benchmark Statement, NERC Peer Review college, UK National Teaching Fellowships and ISSOTL Annual Conferences. She is currently working as an invited consultant on the national Advance HE Calibration Development Group, informing the OfS Degree Standards Project.

Events/Research Group Liaison – Heather Barrett
Dr Heather Barrett (h.barrett@worc.ac.uk) is Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester where she teaches urban geography and planning.  She has carried out research into urban conservation and the tensions that exist between the desire to preserve urban heritage and the impulses for change and regeneration in cities.  In addition to publishing research in this area, she is also the co-author of the undergraduate student text book Urban Geography, which has been informed by her teaching at Worcester.  Heather is a University of Worcester Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has undertaken pedagogic research, specifically considering graduate employability in higher education curricula, the use of video in teaching and learning spaces.  She is also the University’s Academic Lead for Sustainability and has a developing interest in embedding education for sustainable development in universities.

Higher Education in Further Education Liaison – Yvonne Oates
Yvonne is the Geography/GIS specialist lecturer at Cornwall College, one of the largest FE colleges in the country. Cornwall College is also a partner college of Plymouth University, offering degrees across a wide range of subjects. Yvonne’s specialisms are GIS, remote sensing and biogeography focusing on metalliferous mining contamination. She teaches GIS at undergraduate and post graduate level across a range of disciplines, including environmental, marine, ecological and zoological studies. She also teaches the geography element of the Environmental Science Access to HE diploma offered at the college (a qualification equivalent to A levels). She has been a Fellow of the RGS for over 30 years and on the HERG committee for 5 years.

International Liaison – Helen Walkington
Helen Walkington (hwalkington@brookes.ac.uk) is Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes University where she teaches Geography and carries out research in higher education pedagogy as well as in geography. She was previously the Discipline Lead for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) at the Higher Education Academy, UK. Helen was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009 and became a Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2012. She has established numerous undergraduate research conferences and institution-wide student experience projects and edits the national undergraduate research journal for geography called GEOverse. Helen is co-chair of the International Network for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (INLT) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and a qualified career development coach (Institute of Leadership and Management).

Prize co-coordinator – Catherine White
Cath is a retired Senior Lecturer from Geography at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of the UK where she worked for 22 years. Cath taught in secondary schools in South Tyneside for ten years before working at Northumbria University for twenty years and is passionate about teaching geography at all levels. Her pedagogic research focuses on fieldwork and sense of place, the use of technology in fieldwork and enhancing the student voice. She has been the Chair of the Tyne and Wear branch of the Geographical Association since 2011 and an RGS-IBG Chartered Geographer since 2012. She organised Ambassador Training for her undergraduate students by the Royal Geographical Society. This enables these students to visit schools and give presentations which encourage pupils to study geography at a higher level.  She became a Senior Fellow of the HEA in 2016.

Social Media Liaison – Derek France
Derek France is a Professor in Pedagogy in Geographical Sciences at the University of Chester.  He is Deputy Head of the Department of Geography and International Development and teaches physical geography.  Derek has been Editor of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education since 2009.  In 2008 he became a National Teaching Fellow.