Karen has a background in Psychology but has worked in a number of roles at GCU since beginning her career in 1996 as a psychology lecture for nurses. She spent a decade working with the School Management Group in a strategic learning and teaching post. Following a recent sabbatical to develop her research profile Karen is now a senior lecturer in Psychology with responsibility for academic support for level 4 students and leading the large level 1 Foundations in Psychology module. Her research interests lie in the student experience in higher education, with a particular focus on international students. Her Doctoral thesis is titled ‘understanding the role of learning conceptions in culturally diverse classrooms’.