Dr Catherine Camps known as Cath
MA Education (Open)
BA Hons (Open)
Cert. Ed (PCET)
I have been actively engaged in Educational Development since 2001. I have worked across a number of institutions: College based HE; a research intensive HEI and – from 2018, at the University of South Wales. I have also worked with Universities in Sub-Sahara Africa and India.
I have had the opportunity to work across a range of different types of activities including working with Institutions to fulfil their strategic goals; acting as a consultant with teams of staff to support and facilitate bespoke responses to identified needs; and enabling individuals by acting as a mentor, critical friend or coach.
My capabilities in leadership have seen me undertake a number of roles over the years including the management of a dispersed team of academics located across Cornwall, strategic leadership for College based Higher Education, as well as the more expected leadership of a Teacher Education programme. Whilst I am happy to accept the responsibilities associated with a management role I consider that Teams work best in a collaborative mode and so I seek to engage with peers in this way – whenever possible.
Passionate about the possibilities of research-led teaching I am actively involved in a number of research projects all of which are underpinned by my belief in social justice and the potential for Education to be a site of transformation.
Deputy Director of CELT;
CELT USW Distinct Offer Strand Lead;
CELT Inclusive Curriculum and SSEP Assessment Journey Lead.
Parkinson, T. Brewer, S.,Camps, C. Turner, J., Robertson, K., Jenkins, M., Whiteside, K and Zoubil, T. (2018) ‘Supporting Syrian academics to be agents for change: The role of UK universities’. Educational Developments. 19 (3) pp 1-5.
Camps,C. 2017. ’And shall Trelawny die? Not in my classroom? An exploration of how the construction of Cornish identity affects the pedagogic practices of teachers who define as Cornish within Further and Higher Education in Cornwall. Available at : orca.cf.ac.uk/107290/
Camps, C. 2016. Valuing, harnessing and using the unique asset of working in a bilingual institution: introducing the Welsh language into a postgraduate certificate in higher education. In: Hanesworth, P. ed. Papers from Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy joint conferences. London: ECU, pp.22-34.
Kell, C. and Camps, C. 2015. Exploring e-journaling as a tool for academic identity work. Educational Developments. 16(1) 18-22.
Camps, C. 2008. Attitudes to Language and Culture in the teaching profession in the South West of Britain. Truro: Cornish Language Partnership (MAGA)
Hope, T., Husk, M., Dixon, T. and Camps, C. (2006) An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Teaching Observation Models in ITT (PCET) DfES
George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling
I currently contribute to the Cara Syria Programme. See http://www.cara.ngo/what-we-do/.
My professional research interests revolve around curriculum design and its transformative possibilities for cultural changes both within and without the academy. In support of this I am interested in how academic identity is constructed and maintained within a changing and challenged sector.
Currently I have 4 foci:
1.Decolonisation of Higher Education curricula with a particular interest in the intersection between curriculum, pedagogy and ethnic identity;
2.Curriculum design within an officially bilingual institution and its contribution to the growth of intercultural competence;
3.Academic identity creation including the use of reflection, scholarship and activist activity; and
4. The exploration of how Social Cartography can be utilised as a research method across a variety of sites of investigation.
Camps,C. and Emmett, C. 2017. Decolonising ‘inclusivity’: mapping reciprocity through a social cartographical lens. Inclusivity in HE LGBTQ conference. Swansea University. September 2017.
Camps,C. 2017. Cultural stealth bombers: reproducing national minority culture through curricula in higher education. 3rd European conference on Curriculum Studies. University of Stirling. June 2017.
Camps, C. and Emmett, C. 2017. New wave queerness and the academy. Pride and prejudice: an LGBT+ History Month Symposium. Swansea University. 15th February 2017.
Camps, C. 2016. Practice-based learning: person-centred practice. Physiotherapy placement symposium. Cardiff University. 15th December 2016.
Camps, C. and Emmett, C. 2016. Surfacing sexual orientation as part of an inclusive PgCHE curriculum: Emergent themes following programme evaluation. International Inclusivity in HE LGBTQ conference. University of Birmingham, 15th and 16th September 2016
Camps, C. 2015. Achieving inclusivity: a change model for interrogating the curriculum. SEDA Conference, Cardiff. 19th – 20th November 2015.
Camps, C. 2015. Collaborative Learning: emergent considerations for the PgCUTL Team. HEA/CU ‘Better –off Together: Collaborative Learning in Higher Education’ Workshop, Cardiff. 19th May 2015.
Camps, C. 2015. Valuing, harnessing and using the unique asset of working in a bilingual institution: an exploration of how one Educational Development Team uses the Welsh language as a driver to support the development of transcultural competence. HEA/ECU Scotland Conference, Edinburgh. 23rd April 2015.
Kell, C. and Camps, C. 2014. E-journaling as an effective tool for academic identity work: but whose identity work? SEDA Conference, Nottingham. 13th – 14th November 2014.
Kell, C. and Camps, C. 2014.Supporting the development of an ‘educator’ identity within a research-intensive university. 4th Academic Identities Conference, Durham University. 8th-9th July 2014
Camps, C. 2010. Gatekeepers and Licensers’: exploring aspects of curricula change in 21st Century Cornwall. Biennial International Bernstein Symposium. Brisbane. 30th June – 3rd July 2010.
Camps, C. 2009.Assigning copyright: An exploration of the ways in which CAVA interviews have been used within Foundation Degree Programmes delivered at Truro College. Cornish Audio Visual Archive Conference, St.Austell. 25th June 2009.
Camps, C. 2009 Attitudes to Language and Culture in the teaching profession in the South West of Britain
Cornish Language Partnership Conference, Lostwithiel. 29th January 2009.
Camps, C. 2008. Educators, Curriculum and Cornish Identity. Cornish Research Network Seminar. County Hall, Truro. 10th January 2008.
Camps, C. and Lancaster, A. 2007. Cornwall: Its place in the University of Plymouth. 5th VC’s teaching and Learning Conference. University of Plymouth. Plymouth. 28th June 2007.
Camps, C. 2006. We are Celts: Hoe does defining ourselves as Celts impact on our professional practice? Celtic Education Research Network conference . Institute of Cornish Studies/University of Colorado (Boulder). Truro. 8th -10th September 2006.
Camps, C. 2004. White-tigers: Cornish Identity and Cornish nationalism within Education in Cornwall. Discourse, Power, Resistance conference. Plymouth. 5th -7th April.
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