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  contribute to strategy development of researcher development, Teaching Assistants and EDI through committee work.

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.

I am a Co-Founder and Director of the Charity and professional Network 'Women in Academia Support Network' (WIASN). WIASN is an intersectional forum of over 11k global academics from PhD to Vice Chancelor. We operate a digital social learning model which includes 13 learning units on careers, equality and diversity, Oversight of 20 Special Interest Groups ran by over 40 Academics as Digital Community Managers and WIASNet - International Association of Women in Academia Staff Networks. A super network of leaders of women focussed university staff networks in order to better coordinate and create critical mass for gender equity. You can find links to the website and Podcast here


I am the current secretary and a streering group member of NADSN. The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks.

I am 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. 



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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