Dr Clare Kell known as Clare
MSc Medical Education
I am passionate about inclusion in education. I am committed to enabling colleagues to think critically about our individual and collective impact on our students’ learning experiences and to creating an environment where we can learn with and from each other through a shared vision and a value-based, scholarship- and evidence-informed concern for learning.
I started teaching Physiotherapy in 1994 after 6 years working as a clinical physiotherapist in South Wales with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. While I loved my clinical roles, my passion has always been helping others learn – whether patients, colleagues, students etc.
Since 1994 I have pursued an academic career with a research focus on physiotherapy education. Working with colleagues within the former University of Wales College of Medicine I gained a breadth of experience supporting the learning of colleagues, clinical staff and students across the disciplines.
In 2004 I undertook a secondment within Cardiff University to scope and negotiate a new approach to the Peer Review of Learning and Teaching (PRLT). This project challenged my ability to work with colleagues across the spectrum of academic disciplines and resulted in an innovative and widely accepted and adopted approach to PRLT. I then spent 10 years leading Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PgCUTL) supporting new and experienced colleagues develop as professional teachers in HE. I moved to my current role with USW in August 2016.
For many years I have engaged actively with the UK HE agenda and am committed to the work of AdvanceHE. I have been an HEA/AdvanceHE Accreditor since 2007.
I lead USW’s Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. I draw on peer networks and use critically informed approaches and my ongoing research to work with others to make visible, celebrate and continually enhance our studnets’ learning experiences and environment.
I have over 20 sole and co-authored papers in a range of peer-reviewed journals, share work regularly at national and international conferences, present conference keynotes, have co-edited a core Physiotherapy textbook and have chapters in other edited volumes.
My research outputs can be found here: https://pure.southwales.ac.uk/en/persons/clare-kell(152c327e-3570-4020-8235-501fc28477cf).html
My current national roles include:
UKPSF Accreditor for AdvanceHE;
AdvanceHE Associate in the Health-related Sciences Network;
External examiner for a number of PgCert Programmes & UKPSF CPD Frameworks;
I undertake peer review activity for BERJ, TATE, Canadian Journal of HE, Biomed Central Medical Education, Innovation in Education and Teaching International, Advanced in Health Sciences Education, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, and the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.
Current interests and areas of enquiry:
1) Exploring the role of nonverbal communication in learning interactions;
2) Tussling with ideas around ‘Inspiring Teachers’;
3) Development of academics’ ‘teacher’ identity;
4) Professionalism and the Healthcare disciplines at the start of the twenty-first century.
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