Karen’s background in research and development spans more than 30 years starting in psychological research at the University of Manchester in 1987 and moving on to lead a number of research projects for the SQA before joining GCU in 1996 to lead the FE/HE Links project. This research work led to a new developmental role for Karen when she helped to establish and then manage GCU’s Greater Glasgow Articulation Partnership, a role which also included liaison with external stakeholders in relation to policy and practice (partner colleges, Scottish Government, SFC, QAA, Universities Scotland, SCQF, SDS, etc.). From 2011-2015 Karen’s role as GCU Widening Participation Manager involved monitoring and evaluating the impact of a range of widening participation activities, at GCU targeted at transition, progression, and retention; developing GCU’s Schools and Colleges Engagement Strategy and developing the Transition and Progression Road Map; monitoring and reporting the impact of the University’s strategies and procedures to support care leavers; working with GCU’s Strategy and Planning department to establish and maintain a robust data system for reporting progress against Scottish Funding Council’s Outcomes Agreement targets on participation and progression especially in relation to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
Widening participation to Higher Education, transition, progression and retention; articulation; student experience and engagement; gender; widening access measures.
See Research Profile below for details of selected publications.
Karen is located in Room B124 at the Britannia Building.