Mrs Alka Townend


I am the Course Director for the BA in Primary Teaching course, as well as a senior lecturer in English and Drama.  Additionally, I am responsible for the mentor training programme within the School of Education and I work closely with practitioners in our partner schools.  As Kingston University alumni, I achieved a first class honours degree in Primary Teaching (specialising in English and Drama) and gained many years experience in schools before commencing my career in higher education at Roehampton University.  I have also worked on ITE programmes for St Mary's University, UCL and SCITT. 

My research interests relate to child bereavement. I am currently engaged in a study exploring teachers' experiences and perceptions of supporting bereaved pupils within the school environment. 

Academic responsibilities

Course Director BA in Primary Teaching and Senior Lecturer