Fiona Shelton

Fiona Shelton


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I am the Founding Dean of The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Leeds Trinity University. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, I have worked as an educationalist and academic in a range of educational contexts, including the compulsory sector, national policy level and higher education.

I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019 based on my approach which uses the power of story for transformative educational experiences and in 2018 I was awarded a Women in Leadership Award by Forward Ladies which was wonderful surprise, an honour and is much valued.

As a Professor of Education and Pedagogy at Leeds Trinity University, I work with students and colleagues on the enhancement of learning and teaching with a view to raising the profile of teaching excellence.  I have worked at national level examining approaches to curriculum design, and I am committed to identifying and addressing pre-existing systemic, structural and cultural issues which can impact on student success. This includes embedding wellbeing in curriculum design and to engage in relational pedagogy to gain a better understanding and insight of the experience of students adopting co-created, non-deficit, equitable approaches to education leading to enhanced innovation in pedagogic practice for improved student outcomes.

Research interests

I am a Visiting Research Associate at KU Leuven and a reviewer for Teaching & Learning Inquiry the open access journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Additionally, I am a founding member of the International Perspectives in Education (IPiE) consortium, we host an international and interdisciplinary conference with an associated peer reviewed publication. 

Recent Publications:

Shelton, F. (2022), Working from the Centre: Influencing cross-departmental working,in D. Nutt and E. MacIntosh, The Impact of the Integrated Practitioner in Higher Education: Studies in the Third Space (Edited Collection),London: Routledge.

Chiou, V., Geunis, L., Holz, O., Oruç Ertürk, N and Shelton, F. (2021), Voices from the Classroom: A Celebration of Learning. (Edited Collection). Münster: Waxmann.

Shelton,F. (2021), Our School Days: The Games We Played, in V.Chiou, L.Geunis, O.Holz, N.Oruç Ertürk and F.Shelton, Voices from the Classroom: A Celebration of Learning. (Edited Collection). Münster: Waxmann.

Shelton, F. (2019), Our Teachers: Collected memories of primary education in Derbyshire Schools from 1944 to 2009, In Science Press, Lisbon: 76-80.

Chiou, V., Holz, O., Oruç Ertürk, N and Shelton, F. (2019),International Insights: Equality in Education. (Edited Collection) Münster: Waxmann. 

Shelton, F. (2019), How the Lessons We Learned Become Lessons We Can Learn: Understanding Memories of Primary School Experiences using Narrative Inquiry, In V. Chiou, O. Holz, N.Oruç Ertürk and F. Shelton. International Insights: Equality in Education. (Edited Collection). Münster: Waxmann.

Shelton, F. (2018) Transforming Students’ Lives, WONKHE, December 2018: online.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, Our School Days: A Narrative Inquiry of the Lived Experiences of Former Pupils in Derbyshire Primary Schools from 1944 to 2009, University of Derby

Award Date: 21 Jan 2021

External positions

University Mental Health Charter Assessor, Student Minds

Mar 2022 → …

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