Mrs Dr Kelly Pickard-Smith PhD, SFHEA

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I am a Researcher Developer within the Faculty of Humanities. I provide training for PGRs, Research only contract staff (including Fellows), Teaching Assistants and Academics on the New Academics Programme. I also contribute to strategy development of researcher training at the University.  

Previously I was a Teaching and Learning Advisor (Innovation) coordinating the University of Manchester Centre for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL). CHERIL provides strategic advice to University of Manchester on teaching practice. I coordinated CHERIL funding through CHERIL Grant Awards and Teaching Excellence Awards (facilitating research and traning in aspects of teaching, learning and assessment), the 'Teaching Champions' network, as well as developing teaching masterclasses. 

I remain research active and have a particular interest in equity in education and creative pedagogy. I am a keen proponent of Arts Based Research and produce film as research outputs. I push the boundaries of what is considered research and research publications through drama, film and stand up comedy.

Outside of University of Manchester I am one of the co-ordinators of Women in Academia Support Network (WIASN). WIASN is an intersectional forum which exists to give a safe space for women in academia to support each other, through robust discussion and the sharing of experiences and issues, challenges and opportunities. WIASN exists to make positive change in the academy, for staff, students and beyond. Just over a year old we are over 10k international women and growing. 

I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and use my work at WIASN and University of Manchester to support a widening participation agenda for academics. 

I am a passionate about public engagment in research and work ocassionally as a science communicator. I was the Manchester Doctoral College Excellence Award for the Best Contrinution to Society (2016) winner for services to public engagement with research. 


Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Education, Performatics: Performing Stories of mathematical identity through filmed drama, The University of Manchester
  • Master of Education, Distinction
  • Bachelor of Social Science, BSc Social Science with Social Policy

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