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Penny Burden

Associate professor

I have worked at Kingston University since April 2012 and I am currently associate professor and director of Kingston's Academic Practice Standards framework (KAPS). Prior to joining Kingston, I worked as a senior lecturer in learning and teaching at both the University of Roehampton and the University for the Creative Arts. From 1998 to 2009 I had a student facing role as head of skills and personal development at the University of Surrey. I moved to Surrey from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where I held the post of lecturer in the Centre for Continuing Education (1994–98) and prior to taking up that post, I worked as a lecturer in business and administration at New College Durham, one of the largest further education colleges in the North East of England.

In my current role I lead the development and implementation of KAPS – Kingston's HEA-accredited framework which recognises the professional practice of experienced colleagues at Kingston within the UK Professional Standards Framework. As part of that scheme, I deliver various sessions in support of a very wide range of experienced colleagues at Kingston, from associate up to principal fellow. In partnership with Dr Roberto Di Napoli (CHERP), I have also led the development of the Introduction to Learning and Teaching programme which is aimed at supporting new academics and professional staff who have some teaching responsibilities. I lead the KAPS team within CHERP and also have significant management responsibility in terms of developing CHERP's strategic policy and direction.

As well as leading the Kingston Academic Practice Standards (KAPS) scheme and contributing to the development of the validated programmes offered by CHERP, I also facilitate professional development sessions for staff across the institution on a variety of topics related to learning and teaching including personal tutoring, personal development planning, assessment and feedback. I make an active contribution to several working groups and committees across Kingston University including the Personal Tutoring Forum and the University Staff Development Committee and I work closely with colleagues in the Human Resources department in support of developing policies around induction, probation and mentoring. I am a member of Kingston Education Research Network (KERN) and am currently working with students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in respect of a student-led educational research project looking at how students use feedback to develop their understanding.

I am an elected member of Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Executive Committee and co-chair of the South East Academic Development Network. I am the external adviser for the University of West London and the University of Westminster's HEA-accredited continuing professional development (CPD) frameworks; external examiner for Loughborough University's PGCAP and their HEA-accredited CPD framework; and external examiner for the University of Roehampton's SEDA-accredited Professional Development framework which includes provision specifically for research supervisors.

My educational/professional qualifications include an Education MA from the University of Roehampton (2006) and a Politics and History of Art BA(Hons) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1983). I am also a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

My current area of interest is around the tensions and challenges of professional development related to learning and teaching within academic practice/academic leadership. I have presented this at conferences recently and have a paper in preparation.

Publications

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).

Contact details

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Contact us

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice