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Julie Prior known as Deputy Head of South Wales Business School

Julie prior photo 2 2015

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BA (Hons), Cert Ed, FAETC, FHEA.


From 2006-2011, Julie, was responsible for the set up and ongoing management of the Glamorgan Business School Advice Shop, a one stop shop offering student guidance and advice. She was instrumental in introducing a number of initiatives to improve student performance and retention (such as resit revision events, online learner support tools, attendance monitoring, etc) and continues to work on cross-faculty initiatives to support and enhance the student experience.

Julie has worked at the University of Glamorgan since 2001 in a variety of roles combining teaching, student support, and research into the student experience.

Prior to joining the University, Julie spent ten years as a peripatetic Adult Educator working in the local communities of South Wales. She delivered a wide range of ICT, personal development and business skills programmes for local community education, further education colleges and small business providers.


Fitzgibbon K & Prior J. (2010) The Changing nature of students social experience within university. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (2, 1).

Fitzgibbon K, Stocking S, Prior J, & Ayre M. (2010) Faculty Advice Shop Provision at the University of Glamorgan. International Perspectives on the First-Year Experience in Higher Education, First Year Experience Monograph Series, National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

Prior J. (2009) On-line Learner Support Tools at Glamorgan, First Year Student Experience in Wales: A Practice Guide. First Year Student Experience Project: Higher Education Academy (Wales).

Prior J & Fitzgibbon K. (2009) The changing nature of students’ social engagement with university. HEA Annual Conference – The Future of the Student Learning Experience (30 June – 2 July), University of Manchester, Manchester.

Prior J. (2008) Can you predict progression and retention from students pre-entry profile? Paper presented at HEA Escalate conference: The Teaching – Research Interface: Implications for Practice in HE and FE. (29-30 April). University of Stirling, Stirling.

Prior J & Fitzgibbon K. (2008) Helping students to help themselves – the development and use of two online learner support tools. Presented at HEA: Making Connections Conference, (6 Nov), London.

Prior J & Topping H. (2008) Student support academic or corporate based? Presented at conference: WHOLE IN ONE Student Services, Jack of all trades Master of all? (25-26 June), University of Wales, Newport.

Bowen E, Prior J, Lloyd S, Thomas S, Newman-Ford L. (2007) Engineering more engineers – bridging the mathematics and careers advice gap. Engineering Education, Journal of the higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre. (2, 1).

Prior J & Fitzgibbon K. (2006) Students’ early experiences and university interventions a timeline to aid undergraduate student retention. Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, (8, 3).

Prior J & Fitzgibbon K. (2004) Micro & Macro Approach to Student Retention. Occasional Papers Educational Development Series, Paper 29: University of Glamorgan.


Student retention and support in higher education: reasons for student drop-out, preparedness for higher education, initiatives to support the student journey.

Current research in:

Pre-entry predicators of students performance and likely successful completion of programme of study.

Online learner support tools, to aid student transition, integration and progression in Higher Education.

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