I have worked at Kingston University since September 2013 and I am currently a senior lecturer, and also an invited assistant professor at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Before moving to the UK I was an assistant professor in education at the University of Aveiro. I started to develop my research in higher education in 2001 successfully achieving my PhD in Education in 2005. I have worked as an invited postdoctoral researcher in Bristol University, the University of Strathclyde and Oxford Brookes University between 2006 and 2008 and was a senior researcher in the Department of Education (University of Aveiro) between 2008 and 2013. As a senior researcher in education I co-ordinated the higher education section of the Laboratory for the Evaluation of Educational Quality and also taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in education.
I have a very extensive understanding of the problems and challenges we face in the higher education sector across Europe. I have gained this experience through the participation in international conferences, European meetings (eg Bologna follow-up seminars) and in EU international-funded projects.
I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I teach modules on the Introduction to Learning and Teaching programme (accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Staff and Educational Development Association), and co-ordinate the module on researching higher education, part of the Research and Practice in Higher Education MA. I also deliver workshops on the topics of linking teaching and research, and postgraduate supervision.
Leadership and management
I co-ordinate the Kingston Academic Practice Standards (KAPS) continuous professional development (CPD) provision at Kingston University and I am the programme leader for the Introduction to Learning and Teaching programme (part 1).
- Education PhD, joint PhD with the University of Aveiro, Portugal and the University of Strathclyde, UK (2005)
- Postgraduate Certificate in American Studies, Brookdale Community College, NJ, USA (2000)
- 'Licenciatura' (five-year degree) degree in Portuguese and English Studies with a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education. University of Aveiro, Portugal (1999). Erasmus student at the Ripon and York St John University, UK (1996–97).
- Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
- Member of the European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR)
- Member of the Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) research centre
- Member of the Research Centre, Diffusion and Educational Intervention (CIDINE) – this centre is member of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Council
- Western-Eastern Teacher Education Network in Higher Education (WETEN): 145035-TEMPUS-2008-LT-JPTHN. Funding programme: Tempus IV Project-EU (2009–12). Total funding: €587,200. Role: institutional coordinator.
- Network of European Tertiary Level Educators (NETTLE): 114053-CP-1-2004-1-UK- ERASMUS-TN. Funding programme: Socrates, ERASMUS 3 – Thematic Networks (2004–07). Total funding: €560,755. Role: institutional coordinator
- Gestión Universitária Integral del Abandono (GUIA): DCI-ALA/2010/94. Funding programme: ALPHA III (2011–13). Total funding: €1,519.601. Role: participant.
- Strategies for Promoting Academic Success in Higher Education (SPASHE): POCTI/CED/42716/2001. Funding programme: POCTI-FCT (2001–04). Total funding: €121,000. Role: participant.
- The Efficacy of Formative online Assessment. Funding programme: Treaty of Windsor Anglo-Portuguese Joint Research (2005–06). Total funding: €4,000. Role: co-ordinator.
- 2014: consultant for the Adoc Talen Management company (first recruitment consultancy specialising in PhDs, expert profiles and scientists) in the organisation of the first interdisciplinary conference on doctoral studies, 15 December, Paris. http://cid.docteo.net/
- 2009–12: consultant for the State University of Moldova (Chisinau, Moldova) in European Education Policies: the Bologna Declaration and the Europe 2020
- February 2005 – September 2013: consultant at the University of Aveiro, Association for Lifelong Learning and Research, University of Aveiro: UNAVE. Scientific co-ordination and delivery of courses under the programme of Advanced Training for Academics
- July 2012: project consultant in the European project ACADEMIS – Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Romania. POSDRU/2/1.2/S/1. Project coordinator: Professor Ioan Curtu. Quality Assurance Agency of Romania
- March 2009: consultant for the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in the development of new methods for assessing students' learning in higher education
PhD and MA supervisions
PhD theses in education completed (2009–14)
- Assessment of students' learning in business simulation projects (second supervisor)
- Quality of doctoral research supervision (first supervisor)
- Evaluation of the quality of a basic education programme: design of a framework (second supervisor, viva late 2015)
- MA dissertations in education completed (2007–13)
- Strategies to promote students' academic success in higher education (second supervisor)
- Evaluation of the students' integration in vocational education (first supervisor)
- Portfolio – formative assessment instrument to develop pupils' competencies in the acquisition of a foreign language (first supervisor)
PhD theses in education in progress
- Active learning in engineering education: evaluation research study (provisional title, first supervisor)
- Reflective thinking and autonomy of doctoral students: development of instruments to measure the impact on students' construction of knowledge (provisional title, first supervisor)
- Development of a framework to assess the quality of health education programmes: a case-study (provisional title, first supervisor)
- Developing novel embedded electronics, robotics and control engineering teaching materials based on applied research using industry-standard software and hardware (provisional title, third supervisor)
My research interests encompass higher education learning and pedagogy, research and teaching nexus, academic development, and curriculum design.
Publications include monograms and conference/keynote presentations – read more in Kingston University's Research Repository (a digital archive of published research produced by Kingston University staff and researchers).