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Staff Profile

Ms Audrey Curry
MBA, BA(Hons), CertEd, MCMI, FHEA

External Affairs and Community Engagement
Building: Stran House
Room: 2nd Floor
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 283


Background & Qualifications

       Appointed to Stranmillis University College in 1992
       Previous posts held in Stranmillis: AVP for the Teacher Education Portfolio, HoD Teacher Education (Post Primary), Programme Leader (Post Primary), HoD Business and Management Studies
       Member of the Chartered Management Institute
       Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
       Teacher in a large inner-city post primary school. Responsibilities included: Director of Studies for Sixth Form, 16-19 Curriculum Co-ordinator, Head of Business Studies, Young Enterprise Champion
       Vice Chairman of the foundation Young Enterprise Area Board in Northern Ireland 1984-1990
       Extensive Professional Development work with BELB (1984-89) - the 16-19 curriculum


BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BEd 1992-2008 - Business & Enterprise, Professional Studies and Dissertation Supervision
             BSc 1992-2008 - Human Resource Management, Project Management, Financial and Management Accounting and Dissertation Supervision
             MEd 1992-2012 - Leader for Specialist Option: Leadership in Schools, Dissertation Supervision

Scholarship and Research

Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             Curry, A. (2016) 'Models of Partnership'. Paper presented at Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS), Armagh, October 2016
             Fisher, A., Russell, K., MacBlain, S. F., Purdy, N., Curry, A. and MacBlain, A. D. (2010) 'Re-examining the culture of learning in ITE: engaging with the new demands of the 21st. century', Vol. II of Critical and Reflective Practice in Education (ISSN 2040-4735) and can be viewed at:
             P.Eaton, A. Curry (presented the paper) M. Ievers, J. Nelson, N. Purdy (2009) It's good to talk: The benefits of peer learning in developing professional practice Proceedings of ATEE 2009, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Research Interests
             Enhancing Work Integrated Professional Learning Models for the Teacher Education continuum
             Contemporary Leadership Issues in Public and Third Sector Organisations


       Work collaboratively with the Heads of Academic Areas, the Senior Management Team and Professional Support colleagues, in the management of External Affairs and Community Engagement in support of the University College's strategic priorities.
       Foster collaborative partnerships with a broad range of academic, industrial and governmental partners to promote the interests of the University College at regional and national/international level.
       Promote and develop effective strategic partnerships with key stakeholders which have a significant impact on policy and practice within teacher education.
       Provide expert input to policy working groups.
       Academic Lead for the development of IfSA-Butler Teacher Education Programmes for US Universities.

External Interests / Community Service

       Member of the CSSC Ethos and Values Working Group - 2017 -
       Member of the DfE Project 5: Student Partnership Working Group - 2017 -
       Governor, Stranmillis Primary School, Belfast - 2016-17
       Director - Northern Ireland Children's University - 2014 -
       Member of Council, GTC(NI) - 2013-2016
       Member of HEI group, Partnership Management Board, Department of Education
       Member of the NI Liaison Committee, Duke of Edinburgh Award - 2011-2013
       Member of the Regional Stakeholder Consultative Forum, OCR NI 2008-2011
       Governor, (Department of Education Representative), Victoria College Belfast - 2004-2012
       Member of Academic Offences Committee, Queen's University, Belfast: 2007-2010
       External Consultant for Bradford College, Leeds University Education Portfolio 2008-2012
       External Consultant for PCET at Edge Hill University - 2008-2012
       External Examiner for PGCE Secondary at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill - 2009-2010
       Member of Department of Employment and Learning, HE Strategy - Learning Expert Group - 2009-2010
       Member of Department of Employment and Learning, Variable Fees Working Party - 2009-2010
       Member of TePni Advisory Board - 2009-2010
       Project Leader: Evaluation of the work of Springboard for Children, a London based charity, (Reading Recovery Programme) (circa 20k), completed November 2009
       Validation of the delivery of MA Teaching, MA Practitioner Research, MA Leadership and Management in Education, Masters in Education, Leeds Metropolitan University - February 2009
       Principal External Examiner (PGCE) Hertfordshire University 2004-2008
       CCEA - Member of Examination Appeals Panel for Business Studies (2000-2007)
       LSDA: Peer Review - Enhancing Teacher Employability, 2006-2009
       Co-management of SUSTRANS Project - 2005 - (3.5k) (SUSTRANS Review 2007)
       Learning Schools Project - 1997